Stitches Archive: February 2015
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The Machine Guide

Get ready to invest in new decorating equipment this year. Here, we showcase some of the best equipment in the industry, from single- and multi-heads, to screen-printing presses, to laser bridges...
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Single-Head Embroidery Machines - The Machine Guide

SINGLE-HEAD EMBROIDERY MACHINES Elite XLII-BEVT-S901CAII   Barudan America Inc., Solon,     OH; (800) 627-4776;     www.barudanamerica.com Cost: Contact manufacturer for...
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Multi-Head Embroidery Machines - The Machine Guide

MULTI-HEAD EMBROIDERY MACHINES BEXY-S1506CII    Barudan America Inc., Solon, OH;     (800) 627-4776;     www.barudanamerica.com Cost: Contact manufacturer for price. ...
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Screen-Printing Equipment and Accessories - The Machine Guide

SCREEN-PRINTING EQUIPMENT AND ACCESSORIES Volt Servo All-Electric   Anatol Equipment Mfg. Co., Lake Bluff, IL; (847) 367-9760; www.anatol.com Cost: Contact...
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Direct-to-Garment and Sublimation Printers - The Machine Guide

DIRECT-TO-GARMENT AND SUBLIMATION PRINTERS mPower MP10i AnaJet LLC (asi/16000);   Costa Mesa, CA; (877) 626-2538;   www.anajet.com Cost: Contact vendor for pricing. What...
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Heat Transfer Equipment - The Machine Guide

HEAT-TRANSFER EQUIPMENT DK20S Digital Swingaway Heat Press     Dalco Athletic, Dallas; (972) 494-1455;     www.dalcoathletic.com Cost: Contact manufacturer for price. What it...
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Laser Bridges - The Machine Guide

LASER BRIDGES Proel Laser Bridge BITO USA, Deer Park, NY; (866) 248-6872;   www.bitousa.com What is it: This embroidery laser with Windows 8 compatibility is designed to span...
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Dual-Function Machines - The Machine Guide

DUAL-FUNCTION MACHINES THE Dream Machine Innov-is 8500D   Brother International Corp. (asi/12600), Bridgewater, NJ; (800) 4-A-BROTHER;     www.brothersews.com Cost: $13,999 ...
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Specialty Machines/Attachments - The Machine Guide

SPECIALTY MACHINES / ATTACHMENTS GCC Expert 24 vinyl cutter Imprintables Warehouse (asi/58475), Masontown, PA; (800) 347-0068;     www.imprintables.com Cost: $550 What it is:...
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Ask an Expert: Revamp Your Social Media Plan

I’m interested in purchasing an embroidery laser. I understand that lasers come with different degrees of power. How can I determine which wattage I should buy?
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PulseCloud Puts You in Control From Any Location

Imagine having the capability to work from anywhere in your facility, as well as from home, the car and the airport. The new PulseCloud, offered by Hirsch, now allows you to take your...
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New Alignment System Ensures Precision

Imprinting requires exact precision. Now, there's a reliable tool to make positioning designs simple. Stahls' Hotronix has introduced a Portable Heat Press Laser Alignment System that can be used...
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Moveable Flashback Shuttle Makes Flash-Cure Easy

You no longer need to dedicate a print head to flashing. The new and improved Flashback Shuttle flash-cure unit from Workhorse Products is more versatile and easy to use giving shops more...
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Shoulder Prints Made Easy

All-over and oversized imprints have been popular and continue to be in 2015. Now there's a fresh nod to the "larger is better" camp from Transfer Express (asi91804). This latest trend in...
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Fetching Fashion Designs Open Retail Opportunity

Recognizing trends at retail can charge your business, but only if you have access to budget-friendly yet in-demand art. One of the newest categories added to the Great Dane Graphics collection...
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Five Steps: Master Multilayer Applique

Learn how to create a fashion-forward multilayer appliqué design that incorporates lettering and an image.     Integrate cutting and sewing into one seamless process with a laser...
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Inspiration: Lisa Marie Cole and Juliet Cook

Poet, yarn artist and "dabbling" fiber artist Lisa Marie Cole sees each piece of art as its own poem - regardless of whether it includes words or not. Cole creates unique masterpieces using...
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Niche: Health-Care Apparel and Accessories

When it comes to outfitting professionals in the health-care industry, fashion matters more than you might think. And who says scrubs can't be fashion-forward? "Medical apparel is no longer just...
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Showcase: Kids’ Apparel and Accessories

Children: the walking, running, ever-enthusiastic billboards for your clients' brands. Any logo that's worn by a kid is sure to be noticed, but the question is, what to logo? "Kids' styles are...
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A Passion for Cycling Boosts Business

For Michael Savino, it's all about who you know. Leveraging his own interests and encouraging referrals have helped him grow his small screen-printing and embroidery shop by more than 100% in the...
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Gray Wolf Focused on Brand Building

Before you can build your clients' brands, you have to build your own. That's the philosophy John and Cindy Perkins had when they moved their growing decorated-apparel business out of the garage...
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Elevated Embroidery

Pairing embroidery with rhinestones, laser appliqué and other techniques adds to a garment's perceived value - and a shop's profit margins. Learn what types of equipment you'll need to...
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EU Passes Plastic Bag Restrictions

The European Union has approved a deal to dramatically reduce the number of single-use plastic bags given out in retail stores. The measure would slash the number of bags Europeans use each year...
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Chinese Billionaire Drops $45M for Tibetan Tapestry

AChinese billionaire recently spent a record $45 million to purchase a 600-year-old Tibetan tapestry. Liu Yiqian, a Shanghai-based entrepreneur and art collector, started his career as a taxi...
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Design Firm Creates Faux-Embroidered Signage

A Japanese design studio is using 3-D printing to create signage that resembles embroidery, complete with plastic "strings" that drape between letters like dropped threads. The Wall Stitch...
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Bookbinder Uses Intricate Stitching in Craft

E mbroidery adds a rich, textural quality to the bespoke books bound by Hannah Brown. The London woman with a crafts degree from Brighton University discovered bookbinding at an evening class a...
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SanMar Opens Eighth Warehouse

Top 25 Apparel Supplier SanMar Corp. (asi/84863) now boasts more than 4.4 million square feet of inventory space across the country, after opening its eighth warehouse. The latest facility, in...
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Trend Alerts: V-Necks

From the runway to retail, spanning all ages and both genders, the V-neck trend is turning heads - and flattering them in the process. "The shape of the 'V' is flattering to most face shapes,"...
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Jetline Adds Decoration Method

Gaffney, SC-based supplier Jetline (asi/63344) is adding JetColor, a full-color inkjet-direct imprinting method, to its lineup of decoration techniques. Jetline recently added three new X2 UV...
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SBA Has Record Lending Year

The U.S. Small Business Administration approved a record number of loans in 2014, lending out $19.19 billion to help small-business owners expand their companies. By the end of the fiscal year,...
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Trend Alerts: Fur and Faux Fur

Fur has long been a fashion staple, lending elegance, softness and a cozy feel to any garment it graces. It was once considered a luxury item that only the rich could afford, but no more. "Faux...
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Trend Alerts: Strawberry Ice

A fruity favorite this season, Strawberry Ice is "both tasty and tasteful," according to the Pantone Fashion Color Report for this spring. Pantone asserts the color is "suggestive of a cooling...
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