Every once in a while I like to do a post that is a round-up of resources available on a certain topic. I’ve done several posts about sublimation resources over on the Sublistuff blog, but I realized it’s been a while since I did a resource post here on the EmbroideryTalk Blog. I’ve managed to collect a pretty good list of resources that I like and think are useful and I thought I would share some of those with you today.
The forums I tend to visit most often are T-Shirt Forums and the Apparel Decorators Forum. Both have sections about machine embroidery. If you’re looking for general advice on how to run a small business, I’d also recommend the Small Business Forum. It’s not specifically embroidery related, but has good advice on websites, marketing and other business questions.
EnMart has a YouTube channel where we’ve been gather videos about embroidery and sublimation. I’d also recommend Geo. Knight ‘s channel for an overview on heat presses. The magazine Designs in Machine Embroidery has a channel. Melco Embroidery Machines has a channel, and so does Hirsch International.
Erich Campbell is one of my favorite machine embroidery bloggers, and that’s not just because he’s also a colleague and co-writer for Stitches Magazine. Check out his On Links and Needles and his blog for Black Duck Inc to get the benefit of his experience and wisdom. I’m also a huge fan of Fashion Incubator, which encompasses not only machine embroidery but designing clothing and creating a clothing line. The blog for the National Network of Embroidery Professionals (NNEP) is also very helpful. Those people that run a retail location may find that the Retail Minded blog is of great use.
EnMart is a supplier member of the National Network of Embroidery Professionals (NNEP), and I cannot recommend this organization highly enough. They offer three great trade shows a year, and provide help and support to all their members. You can also receive discounts from supplier members and have access to lots of educational resources if you join.
If you’re looking for an embroidery machine, here are a couple of places you might want to look. Barudan Refurbishing sells used machines and are very knowledgeable. They’ve worked on our parent company’s embroidery machines before, so we know they do good work. If you’re interested in a Melco Bravo machine, contact Nancy Rasmussen at Encore Embroidery for more information.
This is a list of some of the organizations, sites and people I’ve found to be helpful. If you have anything to add to the list, please do so in the comments.