Stitches Archive: December 2014
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2014 Power 75

Stitches reveals its fifth-annual list of the most powerful people and companies in the industry today. Ranked from one to 75, everyone on this list is influencing the direction the decorating indu...
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The Power Poll

Power 75 members give their views on everything from industry trends to travel to technology.
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Ask An Expert: Jump-Start Your Online Sales

I want to generate some new ways to jump-start my sales online starting now during the holiday season. Can you share some easy-to-implement ways to connect with clients in cyber space? ...
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Five Steps: Sew Top-Notch Tiny Lettering

Drew Coufal, president of Ohio-based Sew & Sew Embroidery, demonstrates how to create the optimal circumstances to sew out a client logo with small lettering.
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Cash In On Gift Givers

This holiday season, Americans plan to spend about $804 on gifts, according to an annual survey conducted by the National Retail Federation. You can grab some of those dollars by offering...
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Jersey Numbers' Wide Appeal

Stahls' (asi/88984) has added 28 new styles to its line of pre-cut numbers. Available in a variety of heat-transfer materials, these precut numbers give teams and players more options to...
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Set Sales With Fitness Goals

A study by bodybuilding.com found that nearly three-quarters (73%) of people who set fitness goals as a New Year's resolution give them up. It sounds like local gyms and fitness clubs could...
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Ryonet Sets High Bar for Hopkins Press

For screen-printing supplier Ryonet Corp., the collaboration with Riley Hopkins screen-printing presses has been a fruitful journey. What began as a partnership turned into an official brand for...
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Graphics One Debuts New Machines

Graphics One (asi/14975) expands decorators' capability to more quickly produce imprints of exceptional quality. Two new pieces of printing equipment open the door to a greater range of printing...
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Hoop in Less Time

Decrease hooping time by as much as 30% per item with the Mighty Hoop 5.5" magnetic hoop offered by Graphics Solutions Group. Stress is reduced on the operator's wrists and hands because the...
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FedEx Raising Prices

Get ready to pony up even more for packages in the new year. FedEx plans to increase shipping rates of ground, freight and express services by an average of 4.9%, effective January 5. Those...
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California Bans Plastic Bags

After years of debate, California became the first state to ban single-use plastic bags at grocery and convenience stores. The legislation is a major win for environmental activists, but there's...
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SanMar Hires Sourcing Director

Top 25 apparel supplier SanMar (asi/84863) has created a new position at its company, hiring Yen Gao as director of sourcing. "We always strive to deliver the best products to our customers,...
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The Art of Disaster

When Philadelphia-based sculptor Shelley Spector began her artist's residency at NextFab, the city's fabrication studio, she hadn't intended to embark upon an embroidery project. "I originally...
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Fashion Forward

British embroidery atelier, Hand & Lock ( www.handembroidery.com ), is getting into the fashion game on its own terms. The 247-year-old embroidery experts with close links to the Royal Family...
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Fragile Framework

Australian artist Meredith Woolnough finds endless inspiration in the natural world; her intricate openwork embroidery sculptures are an attempt to mimic its beauty and fragility. "I try to get...
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Cash In With Car Enthusiasts

The J. Carroll Corp. (asi/529690), a 20-year-old decorating company in San Luis Obispo, CA, is carving out a niche creating colorful T-shirts for car shows, especially after hiring automobile...
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Add in Promo Products for More Bucks

MiddletownInk (asi/531055) in Middletown, DE, is seeing rapid growth in printing specialty promotional products, in addition to apparel. The contract printer, run by husband-and-wife team Megan...
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New York Fashion Week

New York Fashion Week for spring 2015 celebrated color and whimsy, as designers sent richly embellished dresses down the runways. And, designers who traditionally produce sportswear added...
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