One of the things we do often here at EnMart is answer questions. The questions cover a variety of topics, from what sort of product to use for a particular job, to what we use or recommend, to questions about running a business or using social media. In the course of a day, an awful lot of questions can be asked and answered, but the answers only benefit the one person who asked, and that didn’t seem quite fair. To address that problem I’ve created another sporadic series that will appear semi-regularly on the EmbroideryTalk blog called “Actual Advice”. In this series, we will detail an actual question or questions asked by a customer and than share the answer here so everyone can benefit from reading it.
We’ll be covering two questions today.
The first is about what backing to use on towels and fleece blankets. The customer in question had been using tearaway, but was finding it tough to weed out all the stabilizer, and didn’t really like the finished appearance after the backing had been torn away. She was looking for another option and had thought maybe a washaway would do the trick. She was looking at Badgemaster, which was, as they say, in the right church, but in the wrong pew. Badgemaster would dissolve in water, but really isn’t designed to be a stabilizer with fabric. What was needed was a cutaway washaway like our Q-102. EnMart’s Q-102 stabilizes the design, and then the excess backing can be dissolved with water, leaving a smooth surface. It is ideal for towels or blankets or anywhere that might allow the back of the embroidery to be visible.
The second question has to do with color matching of thread. We do have a conversion engine on our website where we have conversions from several popular thread brands to Iris, which is useful, but we tend to recommend another way if you want a true color match. The best way to color match a thread, in our opinion is to compare actual color to actual color. In other words, get a swatch of the two colors you want to compare, and put them side by side in natural light. This will give you the truest representation of the colors and the match in question. Trying to match an actual color against a color on a computer monitor or a printed sample won’t work well because monitors and printers can skew colors. Your best best is always to match actual to actual. If you do need actual Iris UltraBrite Polyester color swatches, you can always get a thread chart for use when converting colors.