Stitches Archive: August 2014
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Obituary: Herb Lotma

Herb Lotman, chairman of the board of Philadelphia-based Penn Emblem Co. (asi/77120), died this spring from complications of heart failure. He was 80. Lotman was most well-known as the founder...
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Can This Shop Be Saved?

Point Embroidery & Screen in central Wisconsin operated at a loss last year, with nice-guy owner Craig Wold too worried about losing business to raise prices – or even to insist on payment in full....
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We're With the Band

Screen printers have long created the iconic band T-shirt. You’ll meet some of these successful shop owners and also learn how to sell decorated apparel to bands and other buyers in the music indus...
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Cintas Starts Sustainability Effort

Uniform maker Cintas Corp. (asi/162167) has partnered with Know Hope, a Cincinnati-based nonprofit dedicated to ending poverty in third-world countries. Cintas will provide Know Hope with...
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American Apparel CEO Charney Ousted

The board of directors of apparel supplier American Apparel (asi/35297) voted in June to oust CEO Dov Charney from the clothing company he founded, citing multiple instances of alleged...
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Embroidery Reinterpreted Through Furniture

A rich heritage of folk embroidery meets modern furniture design in Hilando México, a two-year-old social and artistic project conceived by Mexican designer Sally Azar. After visiting...
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Fashion Line Focused on 'Tribal Chic'

A Palestinian designer with a focus on vibrant chain-stitched embroidery and "tribal chic" is getting a lot of attention in the fashion world. Ayah Tabari's Mochi line was featured in British...
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Haiti Raises Minimum Wage for Garment Workers

Haiti raised the minimum wage by 12.5% for the country's approximately 29,000 apparel workers earlier this year, according to the Associated Press. Under the law, workers who sew together...
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A Secret Success

The 15 employees of Atomic Screen Printing and Embroidery in Kennewick, WA, once thought an order to decorate 500 shirts was a pretty big deal. Then, they had the opportunity to print souvenir...
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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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Doubling Up

Wall of Fame in Sioux City, IA, was able to double its order volume overnight - when the custom screen-printing, embroidery and trophy shop purchased another business half an hour away. "We're...
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Helping Homeless Vets

Mark Doyle isn't a military veteran, and he didn't know anything about the decorated apparel industry. But that didn't stop him from creating Chicago-based Rags of Honor, a screen-printing shop...
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Create an Intricate Emblem With a Refined Finish

Learn how Penn Emblem Co. (asi/77120) creates a “high-resolution” PennDuo embroidered/woven logo from vector artwork.
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Specialty Skulls

Look no further than The Wild Side for any specialty skull designs you might need. This specialty transfer supplier has an impressive collection of ornately decorated sugar skull designs, which...
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Ready-to-Embellish Camouflage Apparel

Cash in on the camouflage trend with a variety of promotional apparel choices ready for your embellishment. T-shirt chooses include authentic camo patterns like Realtree AP and Mossy Oak (try...
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A Personalized Transfer for Every Grade

Every school year initiates a new class of students, from freshmen to seniors. One of the most enduring forms of memorabilia is a class yearbook. Now it's easy to create a new tradition: signed...
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New MHM Oval Automatic Screen-Printing Press

The next generation of screen-printing presses arrives with the new MHM iQ-Oval from Hirsch International. The press incorporates a host of innovations designed to bring speed, performance,...
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New Clamshell Heat Presses

If you want to add heat printing to your repertoire of decorating services, there are two new entry-level machines on the market worth your consideration. The Hotronix MAXX Clam is economical and...
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Nix Costly Interest With Special Financing

Colman and Co., which sells apparel decorating supplies for direct-to-garment printers, embroidery machines and rhinestone machines, now offers Bill Me Later as a form of purchasing its products....
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Product Pick

Step up your creativity with Proel's upgraded Laser Bridge, which can be built to span as far as 120 feet across any make or model of embroidery machines or other work stations. With the teaming...
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Apparel: Print Leggings

This season, your clients can have their leggings any way they want them. Offering tons of dramatic flair during the spring and summer fashion shows were innovative legging styles by the likes of...
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Color: Cobalt

Wonderfully rich, intense and refined, cobalt remains a dazzling fashion showstopper. The latest runway designs from Haider Ackermann, Léonard and Sacai display this gorgeously...
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Embellishment: Metallic Accents

Metallic studs, buckles and other adornments continue to bedeck the runways, gracing cowboy-inspired cropped leather jackets designed by Philipp Plein or luxurious A-line leather cocktail dresses...
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Showcase: Fall Outerwear and Fleecewear

One of the best things about cooler fall weather is reestablishing clients' bond with comfy fleece hoodies, sweatshirts and smart-looking jackets. There are several notable trends to keep an eye...
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Niche: School Apparel and Accessory Trends

It's crucial to be well-versed in school-related apparel trends, as kids and teens are supremely fashion conscious and want to wear and own the latest when it comes to clothing and accessories....
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Ask an Expert

Q: A friend's business suffered a fire, destroying his office. Nobody was hurt, but it got me thinking - what would happen if my shop experienced a disaster? Equipment is covered by insurance,...
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