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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 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 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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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