Stitches Archive: June 2014
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Back From the Brink

There’s more than one way to sink a shop – from unavoidable and unexpected disasters to everyday business blunders – but these stories of crises averted share a common thread: the owners’ passion a...
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American Apparel Secures New Investment

American Apparel (asi/35297) received a cash boost from a European investor - just in time to pay its bills, according to several published reports. Swiss firm FiveT Capital AG bought more than...
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River’s End Names New CEO, Receives Capital Investment

River's End Trading Co. (asi/82588) appointed John Maher its new chief executive officer and secured a private equity investment from firm GCI. Specific terms of GCI's financial commitment...
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Floriani Announces New Product

Floriani Commercial has introduced a new topping product, perfect for embroidery projects on fabrics that can't be washed in water. Heat N Gone can be used as a topping or stabilizer. The film...
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Exhibit Highlights Vibrant Career

A British museum exhibit offers a dazzling glimpse into the 50-year-long career of renowned textile artist Kaffe Fassett. "The Colorful World of Kaffe Fassett" at the American Museum in Bath,...
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Tapestry Illustrates Healing Power of Embroidery

It turns out a needle and thread have more medical applications than merely stitching up wounds. A recently rediscovered tapestry created by injured World War I soldiers is a gorgeous testament...
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Grandma’s Quilt Is Updated

Old meets new in Libs Elliott's quilt designs. The Canadian textile artist uses the computer programming language Processing to randomly generate compositions from simple geometric and...
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Tech Top-Up

With the pace of the business world always increasing, fast turnaround times of decorated-apparel orders have become inextricably linked with quality customer service. To compete, shops must...
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Agricultural Opportunity

Sometimes, the best way to stir sales is by capitalizing on new channels of opportunity with current customers. Doing just that helped Cover-All Embroidery drive an approximately 20% annual rise...
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Quirky Contest

Everybody has one: That beloved, threadbare T-shirt, its design faded and cracked with age, a tear in the back so big you can fit your whole hand through. You can't really wear it out anymore,...
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Power of Freebies

Consider Apex Embroidery Designs the popular kid on the virtual block. The family-owned shop in Apex, NC, is closing in on 32,000 likes on its Facebook page. What's their secret? Seth Matkowsky,...
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Lean and Streamlined

Many companies that rose from the recession analyzed their operations and discovered efficient and cost-effective ways to run without sacrificing service. This proved to be the case at Heritage...
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Anchors Aweigh

Every year, the sisters of Delta Gamma make a literal splash with their annual Anchor Splash. Held at the Gibb Pool at Washington State University, the day-long charitable event offers friendly...
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Create a Laser Tech Patch

1 Prepare the art. An artist determines the best size, shape and layout for your laser tech patch, dictated mostly by the placement on the garment, taking into account any small lettering...
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Eco-Friendly Snakeskin Prints

Snakeskin fabric and especially accessories, such as sandals and handbags, are on-trend right now, as showcased in designer collections from Stuart Weitzman and Calvin Klein. According to a...
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A Glowing Safety Option

For nighttime events like concerts or evening-oriented businesses like nightclubs and theme parks, glow-in-the-dark decoration adds a cool promotional punch - along with an extra layer of safety....
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Dye-Inhibiting Heat-Transfer Material

Stahls' ID Direct's (asi/88984) new CAD-COLOR SuperTEK Sublistop is a printable, dye-blocking heat-transfer material that offers decorators a solution for applying vibrant, full-color designs to...
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New Embroidery-Laser Combo

Streamline decoration with the new Proel TSI E-Laser 1200 series from BITO. This combination single-head laser and embroidery machine integrates the capabilities of a laser bridge with the...
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Speed Embroidery Design Startup to 50%

Looking for easy-to-learn, intuitive digitizing software? GSG offers Wilcom EmbroideryStudio e3 Designing, including CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X6, which is completely integrated. The latest...
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Product Picks

Check out the new Tajima TUMX-C, a single-head machine that makes it possible to embroider larger apparel and promotional merchandise, which doesn't fit under the needle of a traditional compact...
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D-1000 Compact Infrared Conveyor Dryer

The D-1000 Compact Infrared Conveyor Dryer from Vastex (circle XX on Free Info Card) cures 110+ plastisol-printed garments or 50 discharge-printed garments per hour. Available in 120V or 240V,...
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Ask an Expert

Q: I want to offer my staff motivational rewards for great performance, but I'm not sure how to get started. We create all sorts of promotional products, but I just don't know if that's the...
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