Stitches Archive: July 2014
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Automate Your Shop

From design shortcuts to paperless offices, there are many ways to streamline your processes and increase your efficiency. We explore a few ways shops are using software to save time.
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Boxercraft Hopes to Score Points with Partnership

Boxercraft Apparel (asi/41325) scored a homerun with its latest partnership. The company is offering a line of logoed loungewear for Minor League Baseball this season. Merchandise for all 160...
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Alphabroder Offers Design Studio to Customers

Apparel supplier alphabroder (asi/34063) is collaborating with InkSoft, adding the software developer's interactive design tool, Design Studio, directly to the alphabroder website. The...
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Staton Talks Fashion and Business

Sportswear supplier Staton Corporate & Casual (asi/89380) wants you to tune in to its new Web-based talk show. The Thread by Staton features industry news and in-depth coverage of fashion,...
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Cintas Releases Green Apparel Line

Cintas Corp. (asi/162167) introduced a plant-based apparel collection to help organizations go green. The AR Red Suiting Collection, a collaboration with Austin Reed, is made with DuPont Sorona...
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The Magna Carta, 800 Years Young

Next year marks the 800th birthday of the Magna Carta - the historical charter sealed by King John at Runnymede in June 1215 that spurred the development of constitutional law in England and...
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Chinese Artists Recreate Old Currency

Chinese husband-and-wife artists Shao Yinong and Muchen used traditional embroidery techniques to create larger-than-life versions of outdated Chinese currency for their collection "Autumn...
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Bangladesh Factory Owner to Face Murder Charges

Police in Bangladesh are pressing murder charges against Sohel Rana, the owner of a nine-story factory that collapsed last April, killing more than 1,100 garment industry workers in what was the...
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Capital Gains

Graffiti isn't afraid to try something new. The 30-year-old Cleveland company, which makes and decorates custom caps, is always on the lookout for the next big thing. "Every time a door opens, we...
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PTA Potential

Kelley Waltz, owner of The T-Shirt Guy LLC in Las Vegas, was a member of the Parent-Teacher Association at her children's school before getting into the T-shirt business a few years ago. With its...
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Name Recognition

Denver Screen Print and Embroidery's online strategy begins with its name. Type in a Google search for "Denver" and "screen printing," and Ron Katz's 31-year-old business will likely be the first...
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Room to Grow

Classic Creations Screen Printing in Hillsville, VA, opened the doors of its $2 million facility in December, but the brand-new company is already poised to grow. "We're still in our building...
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Refine a Logo With Specialty Thread

By choosing the right threads for a logo, you can refine it and up its quality past that of your competitors. Here are five steps to create a “high-resolution” logo in embroidery.
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Create a Three-Color Look for Special Occasions

Add sparks to your client's next celebratory or novelty T-shirt. Dalco's new Triple-Double precut heat-applied lettering is a fast and easy way to offer an exciting new look ideal for spiritwear...
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Cheers for Collegiate Apparel

Are you college-ready? Headquartered in Oberlin, OH, the National Association of College Stores (NACS) is the professional trade association representing the $10 billion collegiate retailing...
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Scannable Patches to the Rescue

A patch can do more than identify a person. When combined with a QR code, it becomes a scannable tool to identify someone and to provide important information. To create such a patch, Imprints...
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Top-Notch Online Design Tools

Designing custom apparel and imprints has never been easier now that online tools for collaboration and approval are on the market and improving constantly. Here are three online tools to...
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Riley Hopkins Manual Screen-Printing Press

Ryonet Corp. (circle 107 on Free Info Card) offers the powder-coated, super-durable 2014 Riley Hopkins press, available in matte black and iconic neon Riley green. It features JoyStick...
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Hotronix Auto Open Clam Heat Press

Stahls' Hotronix (circle on Free Info Card) has added a quick-change platen to new models of its Auto Open Clam Heat Press. The feature allows the user to simply flip open the quick-change latch,...
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End Costly Thread Breaks

How costly can a thread break be? Madeira USA offers a quick online tool to help embroiderers know just how much revenue is lost in production when thread breaks. This easy-to-use calculator is...
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Product Pick

How costly can a thread break be? Madeira USA offers a quick online tool to help embroiderers know just how much revenue is lost in production when thread breaks. This easy-to-use calculator is...
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Video Highlights Mach Manual Printer’s Versatility

Shop for a commercial-quality manual press without leaving your office. Workhorse recently released a video that offers a close-up look at the Mach manual printer line. The introduction shows how...
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Trend Alerts

July is an exciting month when it comes to fashion. Summer styles are at their peak, and brand-new fall looks are right around the corner. Keep your eye on the following trends: First up,...
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Showcase: Woven Shirts

Wovens have long been a staple item in the promotional industry, but they've gotten quite an upgrade over the past year or so. Whether you're seeking a shirt for the hospitality industry or for a...
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Niche: Swim Apparel

Swimwear will surely inspire this season. Designs and styles are innovative and daring, and reference everything from Bollywood fashion to men's 1960s surfer culture. For women, embellishment...
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Inspiration: Susan Elliott

Ever since childhood, when Susan Elliott received an embroidery kit from her grandmother for Christmas, needlework has played a central role in her life. "No matter where I went or what I did, I...
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Ask an Expert

While I’ve been an embroiderer for a long time, I just recently started my decorating business. I’m not sure whether I should handle my accounting on an Excel spreadsheet, which is what some other ...
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ASI SmartBooks

ASI Computer Systems, Cedar Falls, IA; (319) 266-7688; www.asicomp.com Cost: Contact manufacturer for price. What it is: ASI SmartBooks is business management software that allows...
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Fast Accurate Bids

Fast Accurate Bids LLC, Bellingham, WA; (360) 752-3310; www.fastaccuratebids.com Cost: $297; no monthly fee, free customer support and 30-day free trial What it is: Fast Accurate...
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Impress

Precise Software, Chaska, MN; (888) 496-9996; www.precisesoftware.net Cost: Modular design; contact vendor for pricing. What it is: Impress is business management ERP software...
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PulseID

Pulse Microsystems Ltd., Mississauga, ON; (416) 855-1650; www.pulsemicro.com Cost: Contact distributor for price; in the U.S., contact Hirsch International, www.hic.us . What it is: ...
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OnSite 8

ShopWorks, West Palm Beach, FL; (800) 526-6702; www.shopworx.com Cost: Based on total number of concurrent users. Cloud version starts at $347 per month; users have the option to host data...
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QuickP Plus 2.0

Kornit Digital, Mequon, WI; (888) 456-7648; www.kornit.com Cost: Contact vendor for pricing. What it is: Quick P Plus 2.0 is a complete design, order, create and print workflow system....
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BERNINA Embroidery Software 7

BERNINA of America, Aurora, IL; (630) 978-2500; www.bernina.com Cost: MSRP DesignerPlus: $1,999 What it is: BERNINA Embroidery Software 7 is the latest version of BERNINA's...
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DesignShop V9

Melco, Denver; (800) 799-8313; www.melco.com Cost: Contact distributor for price. What it is: This digitizing software is available in multiple levels for various business...
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Embroidery Operating System (EOS)

Compucon USA, Stokesdale, NC; (336) 294-0604; www.compuconusa.com Cost: $695 to $5,000 What it is: This professional embroidery software suite for digitizing quality embroidery...
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EmbroideryStudio Designing e3.0

Wilcom America, Norcross, GA; (800) 657 7500; www.wilcomamerica.com Cost: Contact vendor for pricing. What it is: This design software offers multi-decoration for printing,...
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Forté by Pantograms

Pantograms Mfg. Co. Inc., Tampa, FL; (800) 872-1555; www.pantograms.com Cost: Contact vendor for pricing. What it is: Forté comes in three levels: the FortéLE...
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Floriani Total Control Version 7.25

Floriani Commercial Products/RNK Distributing, Knoxville, TN; (877) 331-0034; www.florianicommercial.com Cost: Contact manufacturer for price. What it is: This complete digitizing...
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PE-Design Next V. 9.2 + CW Upgrade With 4-Needle Cutwork

Brother International Corp., Bridgewater, NJ; (800) 4-A-BROTHER; www.brothersews.com Cost: Contact manufacturer for price. What it is: This versatile 4-Needle Cutwork Software Kit...
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Smart Designer Pro

Digital Art Solutions, Tempe, AZ; (800) 959-7267; www.digitalartsolutions.com Cost: $699 What it is: Smart Designer Pro software transforms CorelDRAW X6 and X7 from a generalized...
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Stitch & Sew Suite

Compucon USA, Stokesdale, NC; (336) 294-0604; www.compuconusa.com Cost: $135 to $1,495 What it is: Stitch & Sew Suite is professional-grade commercial embroidery software for...
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Tajima DG/ML V.14

Pulse Microsystems Ltd., Mississauga, ON; (416) 855-1650; www.pulsemicro.com Cost : Contact distributor for price; in the U.S., contact Hirsch International, www.hic.us . What it is:...
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Autograph Version 2

Pulse Microsystems Ltd., Mississauga, ON; (416) 855-1650; www.pulsemicro.com Cost: Please contact distributor for price; in the U.S., contact Hirsch International, www.hic.us . What...
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E-Fect Promotion

DecoDynamix, Durban, ZA; (27) 82-3444068; www.decodynamix.com Cost: Contact vendor for pricing. What it is: Wilcom Keyboard Fonts (ESA) are add-on software packs for users of Wilcom...
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Embroidery Express Sew Files

Stahls' (asi/88984), St. Clair Shores, MI; (800) 478-2457; www.stahls.com Cost: $24 for Any Word. Any Way. Appliqué; $36 for a split-front appliqué; $45 for a custom...
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I-Cliqq Embroidery Software

I-Cliqq, United Arab Emirates; +971 505 042790; www.i-cliqq.com Cost: Contact U.S. regional agents. What it is: I-Cliqq is ideal for designers who prefer control over the design...
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MacBroidery Embroidery Lettering Software

Brother International Corp., Bridgewater, NJ; (800) 4-A-BROTHER; www. brothersews.com Cost: $499 What it is: MacBroidery Embroidery Lettering Software is designed to work directly...
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StockStitch 6.2

Dalco Athletic, Dallas; (800) 288-3252; www.dalcoathletic.com Cost: Contact manufacturer for price. What it is: StockStitch is a stand-alone program designed for automated sewing of...
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CadworxLive.com

GroupeSTAHL, St. Clair Shores, MI; www.cadworxlive.com Cost: Free membership for all qualified GroupeSTAHL Sales Alliance customers. What it is: CadworxLive is a Web-based graphic...
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DecoNetwork

DecoNetwork Inc., Whittier, CA; (855) 332-6638; www.deconetwork.com Cost: Contact manufacturer for price. What it is: DecoNetwork is a business and e-commerce platform for...
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Delta e-Commerce Integration Module (eCIM)

Veristitch LLC, Boulder, CO; (828) 478-9238; www.veristitch.com Cost: Contact vendor for price. What it is: E-commerce Integration Module automates embroidery personalization and...
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InkSoft Design Studio

InkSoft. Inc., Tempe, AZ; (800) 410-3048; www.inksoft.com Cost: InkSoft offers flexible options. Contact InkSoft for details, or visit www.inksoft.com . What it is: Design Studio...
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Auto Laser Lettering (ALL)

Bito USA, Deer Park, NY; (866) BITO-USA; www.bitousa.com What it is: ALL automates the process of designing number and letter appliqué designs that are sent to the laser for...
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