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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 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.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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