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USE HUMOUR TO SELL YOUR PRODUCTS

Posted by Myra Bosch on Saturday, January 23, 2010, In : Machine Embroidery as a Business 

I have found that humor sells items faster then sentiment. Take for example the craft fair I attended last week. While waiting for customers, I embroidered two words on a baby bib and that baby bib sold right after I got the threads trimmed. Those two words were "cereal killer." It was a touch of humor.

Using humor on your business cards will also make you more memorable. Just a humorous tag line under your business name will fetch a smile and often a sale. Try funny sayings on t-shirts or qui...
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SECRETS TO SUCCESSFUL MACHINE EMBROIDERY

Posted by Myra Bosch on Saturday, January 23, 2010, In : Machine Embroidery Problems 

Are there any secrets for stitching out beautiful embroideries? I’m referring to those embroideries which do not have any puckers, where the top thread and the bobbin thread remain within their own parameters and where we are not testing the stitchouts time and again to achieve that sought after perfection.

The answer is YES, definitely YES. A design is nothing more than stitches. Our embroidery machine is the means to achieving that embroidery and that is where we need to be prepared before...
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HOW TO SELL YOUR ARTICLES ONLINE

Posted by Myra Bosch on Saturday, January 16, 2010, In : Machine Embroidery as a Business 

Stuck with a hoard of unsold stock?  Selling things online is a great way to clear your desk of unsold articles.

Selling things on the Internet is not very difficult, and pretty safe if you play the game right. Many people have been selling things online for many years, and have experienced great success. Here’s the basic process for unloading your things online, boiled down to a few simple bullets:

   1. Decide how much money you want for your item (include postage and insurance)
   2. Put yo...
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POSITION OF THE PRESSER FOOT MAKES A DIFFERENCE

Posted by Myra Bosch on Saturday, January 16, 2010, In : Machine Embroidery Problems 

Properly threading the sewing machine is the first step to having a machine that will sew correctly.

Whenever you are threading a sewing machine, one basic rule to every sewing machine is to thread the machine with the presser foot up.

When the presser foot is raised, the tension disks are disengaged. Being disengaged allows the thread to go in to the tension disks and seat properly.

If you try to thread the machine with the presser foot down, the tension disks are engaged or tight and will not ...
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HOW TO CHECK THE TOP THREAD TENSION AND INTERPRET THE RESULTS

Posted by Myra Bosch on Saturday, January 9, 2010, In : Machine Embroidery Problems 

Is your embroidery machine too tense, a little high-strung, always going off at the smallest thing? Or is it too laid back, lackadaisical and lazy about its job? Or is it on a nice even, steady-as-she-sews path?

If the top thread tension is off on your machine, your embroidery will never be right, no matter how diligent you are about changing needles, choosing thread, hooping and selecting only quality digitized designs. Your work will not be up to par if the top thread tension is out.

Here's h...
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HOW TO KNOW WHICH STABILIZER TO USE

Posted by Myra Bosch on Saturday, January 9, 2010, In : Machine Embroidery Supplies 

The phenomenal popularity of machine embroidery has given rise to many new brands of stabilizers coming to market and the task of sorting them all out can be daunting. But there are still only a few basic types and they are all designed to support the fabric while the embroidery machine stitches the designs, helping to prevent puckering and bunching of the stitches.

Stabilizers or backings can be permanent or temporary. Excess permanent backings are removed by cutting around the design after e...
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HOW TO INCREASE YOUR SALES WITH YOUR CURRENT CUSTOMERS

Posted by Myra Bosch on Thursday, December 31, 2009, In : Machine Embroidery as a Business 

Increasing customer sales with your current customer base is all about creating relationships.  Many times we have a gold mine right in our midst and don’t even realize it.  Our customers are our gold mine and without them we do not exist!

Creating good customer relationships is the most important duty that we have as business owners and this is something that does not cost a lot of money.  Many times it is the little unexpected things that we do that mean the most and keeps that customer co...
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Embroidery Machine For Sale - How to Choose

Posted by Myra Bosch on Friday, December 18, 2009, In : Embroidery Machines 

The art of sewing has recently become more popular and sales of traditional sewing machines almost doubled from 1999 to 2005.

Embroidery is the art of placing ribbons, beads, patches, hoops, etc. on clothing and accessory items in your wardrobe.
Sewing is the actual craft of making the clothes while embroidery allows you to embellish it. When looking for an embroidery machine, you first need to determine your potential needs - will you try creating professional looking clothing or will it be ...
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EMBROIDERY CARDS AND EMBROIDERY SOFTWARE EXPLAINED

Posted by Myra Bosch on Friday, December 18, 2009, In : Machine Embroidery Supplies 

Embroidery Software and Embroidery Cards both play a part in allowing your embroidery machine to make professionally embroidered pieces in a fraction of the time. It is important that you understand how they work together.

An embroidery card is computerized and machine-format-specific, and fits directly and specifically into your embroidery machine. It works with the built-in computer in your machine to stitch out designs.

Embroidery Cards may be purchased with designs already on them or you m...
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PLANNING YOUR BUSINESS FOR 2010

Posted by Myra Bosch on Thursday, December 17, 2009, In : Machine Embroidery as a Business 

In order for your products to sell, you have to create the need.  Customers' needs change as do the seasons, so you have to ensure that, not only do you keep up with the change, but that you set the pace.

In order to do this successfully, and not to create too much stress on your part, you must get yourself a large calendar. 
Proceed to mark the following dates on it with a Red Cross.

•    Christmas Day
•    Easter Weekend
•    The onset of every school holiday
•    Mother's Day
•    Fath...
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ARE YOU GIVING THEM WHAT THEY WANT?

Posted by Myra Bosch on Thursday, December 17, 2009, In : Machine Embroidery as a Business 

You have enough feet going through your your display area. You have enough expressions of Ohh's and Ahhh's when they view your embroidered articles. Your prices are in line with what is being charged elsewhere, but the problem is, customers pass through your shop and buy elsewhere.  Why?

The title of this post should say it all. Are you giving your customers what they want?  Or are you making something that will not sell in your area? To give you a rough idea of what you need to think about, h...
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HOW TO START AN EMBROIDERY BUSINESS

Posted by Myra Bosch on Monday, December 14, 2009, In : Machine Embroidery as a Business 

Create a Second Passive Income



STEP 1
PRICE YOUR PRODUCT

Know what you're going to charge. An instant way to lose money is to not put the appropriate price tag on your embroidery work. Something that takes 10 hours to make by hand can't sell for R10; otherwise you're working for R1 an hour. If you are doing hand embroidery, you must consider the hours of dedication put into the product and charge appropriately. However, the same item embroidered on a computerized machine may only involve you setting the thread, positioni...
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HOW TO FIND A GOOD EMPL0YEE

Posted by Myra Bosch on Monday, December 14, 2009, In : Machine Embroidery as a Business 
There comes a time in every successful business owner's life when he/she realise that the business is starting to sell itself and that a decision must be made on whether to expand.  This calls for a complete change in operation.  All of a sudden you are required to account for your decisions,  to generate sufficient income every month to pay a salary and this requires planning and a host of other skills.

This week's embroidery tip is about how to find a good employee.

Hiring a new employee is ...
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HOW TO ADD QUILTING WITH YOUR EMBROIDERY MACHINE

Posted by Myra Bosch on Saturday, December 5, 2009, In : Machine Embroidery Designs 

Single stitched continuous line embroideries can be used to add quilted designs to your projects. Perfect placement is easy when you use this paper template technique. You will be hooping the project and you will not use any stabilizer. The underside will be visible so plan to use appropriate thread in the bobbin.

Basting rectangles and paper placement templates are used in this technique. The basting rectangles are easy to remove and ensure that you will succeed getting your project hooped ac...
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CREATING TEMPLATES IN YOUR SOFTWARE

Posted by Myra Bosch on Saturday, December 5, 2009, In : Machine Embroidery as a Business 

This week's embroidery tip is about creating templates in your software for all of the embroidery design jobs that you do over and over, such as names and numbers.  This is a huge time saver.  It's simple to do and can be accomplished in almost all levels and brands of embroidery software.

If you use a certain font for left chest names, you can create a template or recipe for that particular job application.  You many have different density, underlay and pullcomp settings for nylon jackets, w...
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HOW TO HOOP

Posted by Myra Bosch on Saturday, November 28, 2009, In : General 

Something everyone thinks they know how to do, but do not really know is hooping embroidery correctly.

Work with your hoop until you get a good design sewn out, then take note how your hoop is set up, the size, stabilizer, design consideration, etc. Always hoop your fabric and stabilizer.

It should be tight like a drum when hooped .. not stretched .. just taunt.

1. Use a hoop that is in a good condition. Note that after hundreds of designs hooped, the hoop will lose some of it's original quali...
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STABILIZERS: WHAT AND WHEN?

Posted by Myra Bosch on Saturday, November 28, 2009, In : General 

Which stabilizers do you use and when?

Cut-away:
I've used the same product for many years. I have tried different ones, but keep coming back to the same thing. I use the stabilizer from OESD.

Sheer:
A newer product. I am beginning to use this most of the time now. I've also used this product on the industrial side for a good number of years. It works well with light weight and knits. I always hoop it and use two layers, placed with gains running in perpendicular directions. Sometimes I'll use ...
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MATCHING YOUR CUSTOMERS' THREAD COLOURS

Posted by Myra Bosch on Sunday, November 22, 2009, In : Machine Embroidery as a Business 

Embroidery tip about matching your customers thread colours:  Never show your customer the entire embroidery thread chart from your thread distributor. Create your own colour chart using only the colours that you normally carry in stock.  The average embroidery shop owner carries about 30 colours in stock. Any other colour will be a special order. Some embroiderers, when starting off, have been persuaded by their distributor to order the entire assortment of threads in small cones.  Firstly, ...
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WEBSITES WITH FREE EMBROIDERY PATTERNS AND IDEAS

Posted by Myra Bosch on Saturday, November 21, 2009, In : Machine Embroidery Sites and Links 
Even the most creative of us get to a stage where we run out of ideas.  This week's tip will contain a number of websites where you could go to get free embroidery designs and good ideas.

http://www.emblibrary.com has a number of adorable designs for your Christmas table.

 At http://www.sweetembroidery.com you can a different free design every other day.

Once you have signed in at  http://www.embroidables.com you are able to download a great many free designs licensed from well-known artists .

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EMBROIDERY LINKS

Posted by Myra Bosch on Saturday, November 21, 2009, In : Machine Embroidery Sites and Links 

Whether you are looking for free patterns to download, directories of embroidery stitches, online collections or information about historical embroidery and embroidery for re-enactors, you will find something of interest in this list of links to embroidery websites.

Alice Kettle
Alice Kettle has established a unique area of practice in stitch, consistently and on an unparalleled scale. She is currently Research Associate at Manchester Metropolitan University.
More on Alice Kettle

Blackwork Arch...
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CHRISTMAS GIFT IDEAS

Posted by Myra Bosch on Sunday, November 15, 2009, In : Machine Embroidery Designs 

Another Christmas is upon us and, with that, the inevitable searching for the appropriate gift for every member of your family, colleagues and friends.  However, you have an edge on most people as you have the ability  and the means of making gifts at a fraction of the cost that you would spend on purchasing them from the shops. This embroidery tip aims at giving you some ideas for that very special gift for those very special people in your life.

Let's start with the ladies.  I've yet to find...
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Machine Embroidery Needles

Posted by Myra Bosch on Sunday, November 15, 2009, In : Machine Embroidery Supplies 

Having a sharp needle is one of the most important factors in machine embroidery.  Note that the embroidery needle has a more elongated eye than a regular sewing needle.

Most makes of machine embroidery needles carry two main lines;  Sharp needles and Ball point needles.
  • Ball point needles penetrate between fabric fibers making marks or damage to fabrics less of a concern.  For example, a knit should have a ball point needle to prevent runs or holes in the knit.
  • Sharp point needles actually pi...

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HOW TO PREVENT UNHAPPY CUSTOMERS

Posted by Myra Bosch on Monday, November 9, 2009, In : Machine Embroidery as a Business 
Have you ever had to shove another job aside to do the rush job and consequently created another unhappy customer?  Are you in a position to do a rush job?

I have had situations where a demanding customer has come in to my shop and wanted his job done right away or else he would have had to take it someplace else. Initially,  I bent over backwards for these customers when I first started my business and the same customers would continue to do this time after time until I put my foot down and s...
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MAKE YOUR OWN EMBROIDERED LABEL

Posted by Myra Bosch on Sunday, November 1, 2009, In : Machine Embroidery Designs 

Customize Your Creations By Making Your Own Label
 
Through out the year we all make special gifts for loved ones. Finish the item with a label that says how much you care. Say you have a favourite neice that has recently became very involved with horseback riding and you wanted her to have something special for her riding lessons. A denim shirt with horse theme embroideries, as well as personalized, seems the perfect answer. But take it one step further. Before attaching the collar, embroider...
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CARING FOR MACHINE EMBROIDERY

Posted by Myra Bosch on Sunday, November 1, 2009, In : Machine Embroidery Care 

WASHING INSTRUCTIONS
The most embroidery thread colours are wash- and boil-fast.  For best results, however, the following care is recommended:  In case of the same pattern and order, it is necessary for customers to use the very threads complied with an equal Lot No. (Especially, when used in (right and left), symmetrically patterned-embroidery for clothes).
All embroidered items should be washed with mild detergents containing no additives or bleaching agents such as chlorine, peroxide or so...
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HOW TO ENSURE CORRECT THREAD TENSIONS

Posted by Myra Bosch on Saturday, October 24, 2009, In : Machine Embroidery Problems 

A good way for beginners (or those who knew and forgot) to check their tensions is to look at the back of the embroidery. About 1/3 of the thread - the center third -should be bobbin. If the bobbin thread spreads to the edge, then either your top tension is too tight, or your bobbin tension is too loose. Conversely, if not very much bobbin shows, your top tension is too loose or your bobbin tension is too tight.

If you have more than one needle per head, here is how you can determine which ten...
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HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN THREAD COASTER

Posted by Myra Bosch on Saturday, October 24, 2009, In : Machine Embroidery Problems 
 
The small tubes of rayon, and even some of the older cones as well, can be a bit tricky to work with. The thread has a tendency to want to come off the tube in one large pile. As a result the thread gets caught underneath the remaining thread on the tube, causing thread breaks.

One technique to avoid this problem is to use a thread coaster or create your own. Similar to a beverage coaster, a thread coaster provides a surface for the thread on the tube to sit on, preventing it from getting tra...
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How to prevent poor design registration

Posted by Myra Bosch on Saturday, October 24, 2009, In : Machine Embroidery Designs 

At some point everyone has experienced poor design registration. Often, one has a large fill edged with a column or satin stitch, and the fill and its outline do not meet. The first thing you need to determine is, was the design digitized correctly for the material you are working on. An experienced puncher positions the column stitches more inside or outside the fill. This is called pull compensation, and it makes the column sew exactly where it should when running on the specific fabric it ...
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Stick to One Thread Type

Posted by Myra Bosch on Sunday, October 18, 2009, In : Machine Embroidery Problems 

Avoid switching thread types on your machine if you can possibly help it. An example would be to use polyester thread in black on one job and rayon thread in black for another job. The machine tensioners actually get used to one type of thread and like a child, it has fits when you make a change in its habits!

It is better to stick to one thread type. Your tension requirement for polyester is much tighter than for rayon and if you are constantly changing thread types; so is your tension and i...
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How to store your Machine Embroidery Thread

Posted by Myra Bosch on Sunday, October 18, 2009, In : Machine Embroidery Supplies 

How you store your extra cones of thread is very important. The thread that is not on your embroidery machine should be stored covered and away from dust and sunlight. Cones should always be stored standing in their upright position with the end of the thread attached to the bottom of the cone. If you do not have a holder on your thread cone for the end of the thread to fit into, wind up the thread and attach the end with a piece of masking tape to the bottom plastic portion of your cone. Nev...
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How to keep track of Machine Embroidery Needle Changes

Posted by Myra Bosch on Sunday, October 18, 2009, In : Machine Embroidery Problems 
When you change a needle on your embroidery machine, do you remember what needle bar you changed? Do you remember what size or type of needle you used? When was the last time you changed your needles? Do you have to change your needle more often on one needle bar or on one needle bar on one head?

Having a system in place is very important for keeping track of your needle changes.

If you have a single head, this is simple and very easy to do. You can design a form called a Needle Replacement She...
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Trouble shooting machine embroidery problems

Posted by Myra Bosch on Thursday, October 15, 2009, In : Machine Embroidery Problems 

•    Thread Breaks - Causes:  incorrect needle, burrs in needle eye, hook or throat plate, machine threaded incorrectly, incorrect needle bar height, tension adjustment needed, bent needle, machine needs lubrication, lint buildup, incorrect digitizing causing design to be too dense in an area, need for a silicon spray due to friction caused by thick fabrics or fabrics with treatments, pooling of thread which causes portions of the spool to wind off improperly.
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Machine Cords

Posted by Myra Bosch on Thursday, October 15, 2009, In : General 

Once you have completed your project, you may want to make some fastening cords or ties. Here is a simple way to create your own cords, using your sewing machine.
instructions
 
Gather a selection of fine knitting yarn, cord, crochet cotton, etc.

Cut threads and yarns to desired length. Knot one end and gently twist the lengths together.

Set the machine to a wide zig-zag stitch.
Thread top and bottom threads with toning shades as both will be visible.

Place the knot of the threads behind the lowere...
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How to liven up your Embroidered Animals

Posted by Myra Bosch on Thursday, October 15, 2009, In : Machine Embroidery Designs 
Liven Up Your Animals
Your animal designs can either look flat and boring, or alive and ready to run. Learn how to digitize realistic fur over muscle structure.
Digitizing an animal so it looks nearly pet-able might seem impossible, but there are a few tricks that can bring those furry friends to life. It’s not something that you can do with automatic scanning, because it requires adding details that aren’t always obvious in the artwork or the photo. Some automatic features can be used, suc...
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Machine Embroidery Terminology

Posted by Myra Bosch on Thursday, October 15, 2009, In : General 

 Confused by all the new jargon associated with machine embroidery? Here's an alphabetical glossary of basic definitions to help you "come to terms" with this exciting and evolving technology.

Appliqué: Decoration or trimming cut from one fabric piece and stitched to another to add dimension.
Back Appliqué: A fabric piece used behind a design, where the front fabric will be cut away to reveal the fabric beneath it.
Backing/Stabilizer: Woven or nonwoven material used beneath the embroidered fa...
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Don't damage your Sewing Machine unknowingly

Posted by Myra Bosch on Wednesday, October 14, 2009, In : Machine Embroidery Problems 
A sewing machine depends on the smallest, most replaceable part to form perfect stitches. The needle!

The needle in turn depends on all the other parts of the sewing machine to be able to create those perfect stitches. What you may not realize that YOU, the machine operator, have to allow the parts of the sewing machine to do their job. Most of us do not realize we are forcing the fabric through the machine and creating our own problems in the process.

One of the most common culprits is that ...
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Tips for Successful Embroidery Stitches

Posted by Myra Bosch on Saturday, September 5, 2009, In : General 


Are there any secrets for stitching out beautiful embroideries? I’m referring to those embroideries which do not have any puckers, where the top thread and the bobbin thread remain within their own parameters and where we are not testing the stitchouts time and again to achieve that sought after perfection. The answer is YES, definitely YES. A design is nothing more than stitches. Our embroidery machine is the means to achieving that embroidery and that is where we need to be prepared befor...

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Designing Embroidery for Soft, Stretchy Fabric

Posted by Myra Bosch on Sunday, August 30, 2009, In : Machine Embroidery Designs 

Applying the proper settings and using the correct backings or stabilizers are extremely important when you are creating an embroidery design to be sewn onto soft, stretchy fabric such as wicking shirts.

The main issue is trying to keep the embroidery from puckering and pulling.   Soft, stretchy fabric should be treated like a knitted fabric, using a small ballpoint needle.  Never use more than a 70/10 needle for this application.  If the lettering is tiny, you should use a 65/10 ballpoint nee...
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Tips for embroidering on dark coloured fabric

Posted by Myra Bosch on Saturday, August 29, 2009, In : Machine Embroidery Problems 
Dark coloured articles such as towels can be difficult to embroider.

Firstly, it is important to decide whether the design is to be a prominent feature on the article or merely used to break the monotony of the fabric's texture.  If the embroidery is to be a prominent feature, a contrasting colour is recommended eg.a yellow on a dark brown, or a leaf green or gold on black.  A good rule of thumb is to use a warm colour on a cool one or vice versa.

If the embroidery's function is to break the m...
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Embroidery Thread Types

Posted by Myra Bosch on Wednesday, August 26, 2009, In : Machine Embroidery Supplies 

Rayon and Polyester are the most common embroidery threads. Always choose a good quality thread to ensure the best results with your embroidery.

Rayon Threads

Rayon is the one of the favoured threads among professional embroiderers.  It is a soft thread, available in great colours and suitable for all forms of machine embroidery.  Rayon thread holds up well with high-speed stitching without breaking or fraying and it also consistently performs well.  It is easily available in many embroidery st...
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Why you should stick to the Same Thread Type

Posted by Mireille Bosch on Wednesday, August 26, 2009, In : Machine Embroidery Problems 

Avoid switching thread types on your machine if you can possibly help it. An example would be to use polyester thread in black on one job and rayon thread in black for another job. The machine tensioners actually get used to one type of thread and like a child, it has fits when you make a change in its habits!

It is better to stick to one thread type. Your tension requirement for polyester is much tighter than for rayon and if you are constantly changing thread types; so is your tension...

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Embroidery Stitches that Unravel

Posted by Myra Bosch on Sunday, August 23, 2009, In : Machine Embroidery Problems 

If you have ever had problems with stitches that come out after you've trimmed thread tails or jump stitches, check the design on screen.

Zoom in and look at your "tie off" or "lock stitches" at the end of the letter, design or colour change. Sometimes they're non-existent, which explains why the raveling is taking place.

Often they are placed one on top of the other, so what you really get is a knotted thread extending from the fabric and design. It's all too easy to clip this off, plus, it d...

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Reasons for Embroidery Thread Breaks

Posted by Myra Bosch on Sunday, August 23, 2009, In : Machine Embroidery Problems 

Many things on an embroidery machine can cause thread breaks, but not all are obvious.

BACKING - Excessive backing material used by inexperienced operators can cause thread breaks. If an operator uses three to four sheets of backing, stiffer embroidery is the result, but it also applies a great deal of friction to the needle, causing thread breaks. Needle drag is when backing is too thick and rigid; it normally is abrasive or adhesive, causing "drag" on the needle. The needle overheats and con...

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Correct Embroidery Thread Tensions

Posted by Myra Bosch on Sunday, August 23, 2009, In : Machine Embroidery Problems 

A good way for beginners (or those who knew and forgot) to check their tensions is to look at the back of the embroidery. About 1/3 of the thread - the center third -should be bobbin. If the bobbin thread spreads to the edge, then either your top tension is too tight, or your bobbin tension is too loose. Conversely, if not very much bobbin shows, your top tension is too loose or your bobbin tension is too tight.

If you have more than one needle per head, here is how you can determine which ten...

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How to Build up a Home Embroidery Business (Step by Step)

Posted by Myra Bosch on Saturday, August 22, 2009, In : Machine Embroidery as a Business 

Step 1: Get Known
Once you're producing and are comfortable with your machine, the next step would be to build up a sustaining clientele. 

Firstly, choose a name for your business. 

Then, there are two ways in which you can make yourself known to prospective clients:  to advertise and by word of mouth.  Start by giving only embroidered products as wedding, birthday, baby shower and christening and Christmas gifts. Any requests generated from these gifts, must be charged for.  If you deviate ju...

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Pricing your embroidery product

Posted by Myra Bosch on Sunday, August 16, 2009, In : Machine Embroidery as a Business 

Often embroiderers who also operate their hobby as a business, forget to work in the hidden costs when pricing their product.  The most obvious, such as purchases like thread and fabric, is easy, but when your workplace is in your home, you forget to calculate the hidden costs such as electricity and working space.

Then, there is much controversy amongst embroiderers about digitizing pricing. Never criticize someone else's business model, as a business model is unique to the business that crea...

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Value your talent

Posted by Myra Bosch on Sunday, August 16, 2009, In : Machine Embroidery as a Business 

A very accomplished and successful embroiderer has the following story to tell:   Having been in the decorated apparel industry for 21 years has been an incredible journey. However, sometimes it's easy to de-value what we do on a daily basis.  On several occasions we've needed gifts for weddings, anniversaries, etc., and would go to various retail stores and look for an appropriate gift. Sometimes, a gift would be very easy to find and other times we felt as though we'll never find that perfe...
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Machine embroidery terminology, definitions

Posted by Myra Bosch on Thursday, August 13, 2009, In : General 

Confused by all the new jargon associated with machine embroidery? Here's an alphabetical glossary of basic definitions to help you "come to terms" with this exciting and evolving technology.

Appliqué: Decoration or trimming cut from one fabric piece and stitched to another to add dimension.

Back Appliqué: A fabric piece used behind a design, where the front fabric will be cut away to reveal the fabric beneath it.

Backing/Stabilizer: Woven or nonwoven material used beneath the embroidered fab...

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Tips for using machine embroidery hoops

Posted by Myra Bosch on Monday, August 10, 2009, In : Machine Embroidery Supplies 

Once you've selected a stabilizer for your project, it's important to hoop the stabilizer and fabric correctly to get the best results. Use a dedicated machine-embroidery hoop or a third-party hoop that will fit easily under your presser foot.

Below are some hooping tips for embroidery. They're aimed at users of machines with built-in hoop control for digitized embroidery with dedicated hoops but can easily be adapted to third-party hoops for free-motion embroidery.
  1. Baste the fabric to the stab...

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Machine embroidering a lace design

Posted by Myra Bosch on Monday, August 10, 2009, In : Machine Embroidery Designs 

There are many beautiful lace designs available for machine embroidery. Although the designs are dense with thread, they do need tulle to hold together. Heavy weight water soluble stabilizer is perfect to keep the tulle stable in the hoop while the design is stitched out. (Please refer to an article on STABILIZERS elsewhere on this blog.)

Here are the materials you will need to machine embroider lace designs.
•    Embroidery machine (embroidery machines can be purchased at a discount price f...

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Which stiches to use for digitized embroidery

Posted by Myra Bosch on Monday, August 10, 2009, In : Machine Embroidery Designs 

There are three basic stitch types that are used for all embroidery:
 
Running stitches
These are also known as walk stitches and are single line stitches which run one stitch between two needle penetration point. A running stitch goes from point A to point B. They are used for very fine detail and also for underlay.
There are different variations of running stitches such as two-ply and bean.
*     A two-ply stitch is a running stitch that goes from point A to point B and then goes back from poin...

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Tips for use of stabilizers in machine embroidery

Posted by Myra Bosch on Monday, August 10, 2009, In : Machine Embroidery Supplies 

From improved appliqué to the creation of entirely new fabrics and embellishments, there's hardly a decorative sewing process that hasn't benefited from the explosion of new stabilizers recently ignited by the popularity of machine embroidery. Designed to support, or even replace, fabric under the stress of dense and multi-directional machine stitching, stabilizers can be applied in many ways, but are usually used in conjunction with an embroidery hoop to hold fabric as flat and inflexibly a...
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Regular maintenance avoids machine embroidery repairs

Posted by Steven Batts, Contributing Writer on Saturday, August 8, 2009, In : Embroidery Machines 

I am a somewhat of a procrastinator. Just ask the editors for this column.


“Never put off until tomorrow what you could do today.” That pearl of wisdom is one of Thomas Jefferson’s most famous quotes. The great American writer and humorist Mark Twain gave Jefferson a little twist: “Never put off until tomorrow what you can put off until the day after tomorrow.”


I would like to add yet another variation: “Never put off until tomorrow what you can avoid entirely.”


This is particularl...

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New vs Used/Second Hand Embroidery Machines

Posted by Steven Batts, Contributing Writer on Thursday, August 6, 2009, In : Embroidery Machines 

In tough times like these, people look for savings in every way they can. They move cautiously and take fewer risks. Interestingly enough, it also is during economic downturns that many people become self-employed by launching a new business.

I am one of those people. I started my own embroidery business after being laid off.

Embroidery machine sales are impacted by both the cautious approach of current business owners and the concerns of an entrepreneur just starting an embroidery business....

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Tips for avoiding thread breaks

Posted by Mireille Pretorius on Thursday, August 6, 2009, In : Machine Embroidery Supplies 

Even though machines have been designed and constructed to prevent production problems, thread break will occur and can be a troublesome to many embroiders. There are some simple solutions to keep them to a minimum.

There are actually many elements that can cause thread breaks such as:

For the top thread

  • there is a scratch on the hole of the top plate;
  • the machine is not threaded correctly;
  • the thread is trapped under the spool;
  • the wrong needle selection has been made;
  • there is oil or dust in the b...

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How to prevent machine embroidery thread breaks

Posted by Steven Batts, Contributing Writer on Thursday, August 6, 2009, In : Machine Embroidery Supplies 

My first job in the embroidery industry was as a machine technician. More specifically, I was a phone support (or Help Desk) technician. Some of the toughest calls I would get were from people dealing with thread break issues with their machines.

That sounds like it would be an easy call, but there are so many things that can cause the thread to break that it is tough to narrow it down in just a phone call, especially if the person on the other end hasn’t really paid attention to when it i...

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Machine Embroidery Designs | Patterns for your Embroidery Machine

Posted by Myra Bosch on Monday, August 3, 2009, In : Machine Embroidery Designs 

There are many embroidery designs and patterns available. You can get them from your favourite embroidery design magazine or download them from embroidery websites available on the Internet. However, it is much more fulfilling if you are the one who created your machine embroidery designs and patterns! CREATIVE DRAWings allows you to do this quite easily and effectively.

Many successful embroiderers, especially those who own embroidery machines, create their own patterns. Aside from the creati...
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Choosing colours for your embroidery digitizing designs

Posted by Myra Bosch on Tuesday, July 21, 2009, In : General 

That which distinguishes two of the same embroidery designs from each other, is the use of colour.  Everyone seems to think that someone is going to knock on their door with a search warrant if they don't use the exact colours a designer used in the test sew out or the colour numbers used in the stitch directions.


Not so. If you don't think outside the box and use the colours that you enjoy, or just prefer, you are really missing the real fun of machine embroidery! Not only do you expand your ...
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Bernina? Pfaff? Brother? Elna? What type of embroidery machine do I buy?!

Posted by Louis Pretorius on Tuesday, March 17, 2009, In : Embroidery Machines 

One of the questions often asked when people are interested in buying Creative DRAWings, is which embroidery machine to purchase.

Someone used to say: "Never ask a life insurance salesman if you need more life insurance".

We mention this because your first visit to an embroidery machine dealer could be an expensive mistake! Here's some information you will want before you start visiting dealers.

There are three questions you need to know the answers of before you decide on which machine to buy:
1...

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How to make money from digitizing machine embroidery

Posted by Louis Pretorius on Sunday, March 15, 2009, In : Machine Embroidery as a Business 

Create a Second Passive Income



In the times we are living in, we all need some extra cash! If you browse the Internet for ways of making money, there are many options, though it can be a minefield!

Whether you are planning to supplement your current income or looking to replace an income, consider using a hobby like embroidery to generate cash-flow. Embroidered articles are always popular with all types of shoppers, and you can easily start an embroidery company because of its a low overheads. Wouldn't you love to be able ...


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