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Lettering and Lettering Supplies
  • SMALL LETTERS, BIG CHALLENGE

    SMALL LETTERS, BIG CHALLENGE

    Small lettering has long been one of embroiderers’ biggest challenges. Customers bring in a business card and want to have it replicated in embroidery on a left chest pocket or a cap front. The Tajima TMAR-KC has a new digitally controlled presser foot that adjusts its bottom dead center and stroke for each color change, reducing fabric movement. That makes it possible to do more finely detailed stitching than ever. When used with a 60-weight thread and 65/9 needles, lettering can be sewn as small as 1.9mm high. Check out this sample from Hirsch International.

  • ETCHED IN

    ETCHED IN

    Etching is a fast, efficient way to add lettering to a wide range of promotional products, including can coolers, mouse pads, leather products, wood and metal. “Etching is one of the most profitable ways to decorate,” says Ed Balady, president of BITO. “It requires no consumable, such as ink or thread. … [And] It creates a sophisticated tone-on-tone look.” Etching doesn’t inhibit a fabric’s wicking ability, making it perfect for performance wear, like this sample from Image Imprints in Modesto, CA.

  • ADD SOME FLASH

    ADD SOME FLASH

    For flashier lettering, consider sequins, which require an attachment mounted on an embroidery machine and special digitizing software. To get the best results, Ed Levy, director of software technology at Hirsch International, recommends overlapping sequins for nicely filled letters with smooth curves. “For crisp letter definition, add a Steil border, which should be stitched first,” he adds. Check out this sample from Hirsch International.

  • HEAVY METAL

    HEAVY METAL

    Spectra Perform Silver Metallic printable heat transfer vinyl from Imprintables Warehouse (asi/58475) can be applied to nylon, Lycra, Spandex, nylon, neoprene, Cordura, and moisture-wicking fabrics, as well as cotton and polyester, while providing stretch and print durability. It’s available in rolls approximately 20” wide and lengths of 1, 5, 10 and 25 yards. Visit www.imprintables.com for more information.

  • LACE UP

    LACE UP

    The new Lace Letters and Numbers from The Wild Side are available as individual transfers in three different color combinations. Letters measure approximately 3.25” by 1.5”, and numbers measure 8” tall. Both can be applied to light and dark garments made of 100% cotton, 100% polyester, and 50/50 blends. For more information, visit www.thewildside.com.

  • ALL TOGETHER NOW

    ALL TOGETHER NOW

    Coastal Business Supplies now offers the new and improved Professional Vinyl Cutter Business Kit that includes a Graphtec CE6000-60 24” cutter with stand, Hotronix Fusion 16” x 20” heat press, two 5-yard rolls of DigiCut PU heat transfer vinyl, three 5-yard rolls of EasyWeed heat transfer vinyl, and two 24” x 10 yard rolls of FDC 4200 series sign vinyl. Head to www.coastalbusiness.com for more information.

  • ABC, 123

    ABC, 123

    Peel & Press letters from Transfer Express (asi/91804) are made of wash-tested plastisol screen-printed ink and can be applied to cotton, polyester and poly/cotton blends. Available in packs of 16 sheets, they come in 2”, 2.5” and 3” sizes and six color choices. Visit www.transferexpress.com for more information.

  • LASER FOCUS

    LASER FOCUS

    BITO now offers the new Proel TSI E-Laser 1200 series, which combines a single-head laser and embroidery machine with a LaserBridge to integrate both the cutting and embroidery processes. It’s ideal for distressed or reverse appliqué, as well as cutting natural, dense or synthetic fabrics, and includes a safety shield on the embroidery head, 12 needles and speeds up to 1,200 spm. Head to www.bitousa.com for more information and view a demo video here.

  • CREATION STATION

    CREATION STATION

    Hirsch International offers the Pulse Font Creator, a digitizing tool for creating custom embroidery fonts, including satin stitch, run stitch, complex fill, monograms and more. Click here to view a demo. For more information, visit www.hic.us.

  • ZIG AND ZAG

    ZIG AND ZAG

    SimStitch letters and numbers from Stahls’ (asi/88984) are made of Perma-Twill material and feature a simulated zigzag stitch for an embroidered appliqué look. They’re available in five styles and in 18 athletic colors, and can be applied to cotton, polyester and cotton/polyester blends. Visit www.stahls.com for purchasing information.

  • ALL THAT GLITTERS

    ALL THAT GLITTERS

    The new Tear Away Glitz appliqué fabric from Dalco Athletic is made of glitter flakes encased in a high-quality heat seal adhesive that requires no precutting. It’s available in 12” x 19.5” strips or as a 5-yard roll at 19.5” wide and comes in silver, gold, red, black, green, royal blue and hot pink. Go to www.dalcoathletic.com for more information.

  • USE YOUR NOGGIN

    USE YOUR NOGGIN

    Hotronix offers the Auto Open Cap heat press that features a patented magnetic-assisted lock down, curved upper and lower platens, interchangeable cap platens, intuitive digital controls, automatic sleep mode and more. Visit www.hotronix.com for more information.

  • IN STITCHES

    IN STITCHES

    Appli-Stitch Brush Lettering and Numbers from Floriani Commercial are pre-digitized and designed to be used with Appli-Stitch fabric, sold separately in velvet, glitter and leather. Choose from the full uppercase alphabet and numbers 0 to 9. For more information and to view a demo, visit www.applistitch.com.

  • A CUT ABOVE

    A CUT ABOVE

    An easy way to achieve a multimedia, multicolor look is to use a two-color precut cutter material such as Dalco’s Slice, from Dalco Athletic. Choose from Dal-Glitter or Dal-Sparkle in two colors. Add a rhinestone transfer above or beneath, and you’ve got a dazzling design in one heat-pressing. Visit www.dalcoathletic.com for more information.

  • GAME TIME

    GAME TIME

    One of the most popular new lettering trends is called “billboard” or “shoulder” prints. They stretch up to 18 inches across the top of the garment’s shoulders. This jersey was printed by Stahls’. Go to www.stahls.com for more information.


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