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23rd December 2014

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas We wish you all a happy and safe Christmas.

EnMart will be closed on Wednesday, December 24 and Thursday, December 25, 2014 for the Christmas holiday.   We will reopen on Friday, December 26, 2014.

All orders placed on 12/24 – 12/25 will ship on Friday, 12/26 when we resume normal operations.

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23rd December 2013

Merry Christmas!

christmasWe wish you all a happy and safe Christmas.

EnMart will be closed on Tuesday, December 24 and Wednesday, December 25, 2013 for the Christmas holiday.   We will reopen on Thursday, December 26, 2013.

All orders placed on 12/24 – 12/25 will ship on Thursday, 12/26 when we resume normal operations.

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20th December 2012

Merry Christmas and Holiday Hours

merry christmas 3We wish you all a happy and safe Christmas.

EnMart will be closed on Monday, December 24 and Tuesday, December 25, 2012 for the Christmas holiday.   We will reopen on Wednesday, December 26, 2012.

All orders placed on 12/22 – 12/25 will ship on Wednesday, 12/26 when we resume normal operations.

We will also be closed on Monday, December 31 and Tuesday, January 1, 2013.  

                                                                                        Happy Holidays!

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21st November 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!

EnMart wishes all our customers, fans, and friends a happy Thanksgiving.

On the list of things for which we are thankful,  you all rank at the top!

We will be closed on Thursday, November 22 and Friday, November 23 in honor of the Thanksgiving holiday.

Normal business operations will resume Monday, November 26.

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10th February 2012

The Friday Blog Round-Up 2/10/12

First up today we have a post from the National Network of Embroidery Professionals about why attending a trade show is a good idea.   The NNEP is putting on two trade shows this year,  one in Ohio the end of March and one in Nashville in July.   The NNEP shows are always informative, well run and a good time.  EnMart has exhibited at these shows for the past few years and we highly recommend them to exhibitors and attendees alike.

Second on the list we have some tips from Erich Campbell about reducing your number of decorator mistakes.   We’re all only human and mistakes will happen,  but there are some ways to help minimize the number.  I especially like the idea of a digital preview.  Our parent company uses these and they do help avoid mistakes.

Third at bat is another fun idea from Urban Threads.  The Monster Factory allows you to custom create a monster of your very own.   This post shows some of the monsters that the Urban Threads team created.   I think my favorite is the monster with the glasses and the mustache.

Fourth on the docket today is a post from Seth Godin about inaccurate labels and how they cause problems.   He makes the point that a lot of the conflicts between people can be traced back not to the people but to how they interpret the labels placed on the situation.  Labels give us context,  but they can cause problems, and we all need to be aware that not everyone interprets labels the same way.   Looking at conflicts through this lens does make them seem more solveable.

Fifth up is a post with some simple social media tips.   I know social media is still a mystery for some people,  but it’s a mystery that most businesses are going to have to solve.  These tips are indeed basic and simple,  but they can help you lay a good foundation for your company’s social media platform.  I especially like the tip about understanding your objectives.   Knowing why you’re doing something makes it much more likely you’ll do it well.

Finally,  in the just because it’s too fun not to include,  I have the latest from The Bloggess.   In this post,  we cover robo tigers and other weird things,  but it’s funny, so it’s all good.

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23rd December 2011

Merry Christmas

EnMart will be closed on Monday, December 26, 2011 for the Christmas holiday.   We wish you all a happy and safe Christmas.

We will reopen on Tuesday, December 27, 2011.

All orders placed on Saturday, Sunday or Monday will ship on Tuesday when we resume normal operations.

Happy Holidays!

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12th October 2011

Embroidery Needles 101

I realized recently that it has been some years since I’ve covered some of the more basic points of machine embroidery – especially what supplies might be needed.   Given that the last time I talked about needles in depth was 2008 or so, I thought it was high time to discuss needle basics, and how to know what sort of needles you need for which jobs, and for which machines.

The first thing you need to know is that there are two basic types of needles for embroidery machines.   Flat shank needles are generally the kind of needles used in home sewing embroidery machines and also in many quilting machines.   Round shank needles are generally used in commercial embroidery machines.   The shank is the part of the needle located at the top and is usually the thickest part of the needle.

Next,  you should understand the needle numbering system.  There are two types of numbering systems used,  European and American.   The European system is metric, and the American system was apparently developed by singer.   The European numbering system starts at 65 and ends at 100.  The American numbering system starts at 9 and ends at 16.   So when we buy needles,  we purchase 65/9 needles or 90/14 needles.  Both numbering systems are always in use.   65/9 needles are the smallest.   75/11 needles are the ones most commonly used in machine embroidery.  Many people use 90/14 needles when embroidering a design using metallic thread.

After needle size, you should also take a moment to consider whether you need sharp or ballpoint needles.   Sharps are needles that are exactly as they’re named, sharp.   They have a pointed tip which is ideal for poking through heavy fabrics.    Ballpoint needles have a more rounded tip and are generally used for embroidering into lighter fabrics like knits and and other fabrics that are woven loosely.

The needle that you choose to use can make a big difference in the success or failure of your embroidery project.   It is always best to have a variety of sizes and types of needles on hand so you can test out different types to find the one that best suits the job you’re doing.    Selecting the right needle can have a large impact on how smoothly your sew-out goes,  so it isn’t a decision to be taken lightly.    To help you in making your decision,  here are some additional resources:

Needle Knowledge Enables Easier Embroidery – Impressions Magazine

Choose the Right Needle for the Fabric

Selecting the Right Needle – EmbroideryTalk

Machine Needle Knowledge

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30th July 2011

NNEP Embroidery Mart South – Day 2

1:16 p.m.  Late first entry but the show started with a bang and we’ve been pretty steady ever since.  Great variety of stuff leaving the booth, thread, sublimation systems, backing, you name it, we’ve sold it.

1:30 p.m. So fun to meet people at the show that I’ve known through Twitter or Facebook.  Jane Swanzy from Swan Threads stopped by the booth this morning.  It was great to see her in person.

2:21 p.m. This booth is really like a little store.  We have so much on display it overwhelms some people.  More than one person has asked me,  “this is all the same booth?”  It’s fun watching their faces when I say yes.

3:06 p.m.  Iris Thread is a hit again at yet another show.  “You have so many colors!” is the most common comment.  People get lost in a thread trance trying to decide what colors to buy.

4:34 p.m.  The show is starting to wind down.  We had a great show.  Thank you NNEP and thank you Houston.

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1st July 2011

A Reminder

EnMart will be closed on Monday, July 4, 2011 in honor of Independence Day.

We will resume normal operations on Tuesday, July 5, 2011.  Any orders placed on Saturday, Sunday or Monday will be processed on Tuesday when we return to work.

We wish you all a safe and happy Fourth of July!

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17th June 2011

The Friday Blog Round-Up 6/17/11

First up today is a reminder from the NNEP that your thoughts count.  In this case,  they’re referring to the Stitches Power 50 list,  which the magazine is currently asking people to rate.   This is a great way to let the magazine know who you think the influential people in the embroidery industry are.   (As a side note, I’m on the list and I’d like to stay there,  so giving me a vote would be appreciated.)

Second on the list is a post from the Retail Minded Blog about controlling your inventory.  This is an issue that anyone who owns a business has to contend with,  and Nicole has some suggestions for dealing with slow selling items.  I particularly like her suggestion about looking at your top sellers and determining what other products might compliment them.

Third up today is a post from Brains on Fire about learning to listen to your customers.   This is a skill that everyone who works with customers in any capacity should have.    It is easy to get caught up in the new latest and greatest, to get high on the energy of a planning meeting and claim the customers will love your new whatever it is,  but the final vote and voice rests with the customer.  Those who listen, learn,  and most likely get it right.  Those who don’t listen may find themselves taking a very different path.

Fourth at bat is a post from Peter Shankman,  which asks a question I find interesting what is off the grid to you?  Some people vote for leaving all electronic devices behind,  going somewhere remote and having no contact with anyone other than the people right there with them.  Others think off the grid means answering e-mails while under a palm tree rather than from their home office or an airport.   What’s your definition of off the grid?  Surprisingly,  I find mine is closer to Peter’s than I would have thought.

Fifth on the list today is a post I love from Redhead Writing.  It’s about big people pants,  and I should warn you the language is a bit salty,  but the thought is right on the money.    I laughed out loud while I was reading and it and instantly thought of a few people who should shop at this store,  myself, on occasion, included.

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