Stitches Archive: September 2014
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Power Punchers

Converting designs into stitches is both a science and an art, according to the professionals. The best digitizers are creative and methodical – and are always pushing themselves to further their c...
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Best in Show

Score sales with this season’s top apparel, accessories, color and embellishment trends.
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The Life Artistic

Six designers turn decorated apparel into an art form – and cover the season’s hottest embellishment trends.
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InkSoft Recognized For Revenue Growth

Software developer InkSoft Inc. was the top honoree this year in a list of fast-growing New Mexico companies with less than $10 million in revenue. Each year, the nonprofit Technology Ventures...
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American Apparel, alphabroder Team Up

Stitches Top Apparel Supplier alphabroder (asi/34063) has partnered with American Apparel (asi/35297), another supplier from the magazine's 2014 Top 25 list. The agreement allows American...
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Georgia Tops for Business

Georgia is the state to be when it comes to commerce, according to a study from CNBC. Thanks to its large, educated workforce, a rebounding housing market and a strong infrastructure, the Peach...
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Small Business Confidence at Six-Year High

Small-business owners are feeling pretty confident this year, according to a survey from Wells Fargo and Gallup. In fact, optimism among small-business owners is at the highest level in six...
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A Stitch Doing Time

Beautiful, intricate needlework isn't the first thing that comes to mind when you think of prison life, but inmates across the U.K. are learning to sew, quilt and hand-embroider, thanks to the...
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Metal Band Animates Embroidery In Latest Video

Nicos Livesy, a freelance animator and member of the London-based heavy metal band Throne, had a great idea for a music video: a stop-motion animated sci-fi short, rendered entirely in...
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South African Artist Explores Fairy Tales

South African artist Hannalie Taute stitches haunting images onto smooth, black rubber. In her award-winning series, Rubber Ever After, she use fairy tale motifs to delve into her connection with...
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Jumping Through Hoops

Husband-and-wife team James Urbanoski and Michelle Wood, of Carlsbad, CA, like to keep busy. They take their mobile business, Threadneedle Embroidery, from horse show to horse show, following the...
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Primed For Success

Employees at Seattle-based Zoom ID were a little surprised when NFL Hall of Famer Deion "Prime Time" Sanders called the company's customer service line, but that didn't stop them from whipping up...
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Growth Spurt

Just two years old, Embroidered Apparel Solutions is already outgrowing its Pittsburgh digs, tripling revenue in that short time - from just under $80,000 in 2013 to nearly $250,000 in sales this...
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Worth A Dang

They call it the Dang Chick Nation, and that legion of enthusiastic, online fans is part of what has made Georgia-based apparel company Dang Chick so successful. "The brand has really taken off,"...
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Create a Fashion Rhinestone T-shirt

Learn how to create a fashion-forward rhinestone design for a women’s T-shirt using FashionMommy’s process.
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Knock-Out Neon Continues

As a continuing fashion trend, neon apparel and decoration has kept demand hot. Decorators can satisfy customers with two new choices in materials for two popular applications. For heat press,...
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Lock In Lacrosse Sales

With rapid growth in lacrosse participation across the U.S., there's opportunity to outfit players and provide fan wear for team clubs and fundraising. A record 746,859 players competed on...
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Stretch and Shine Decoration

Pep-up sportswear with Stahls' (asi/88984) CAD-COLOR FoilTEK. As part of the TEK line of printable heat-transfer materials, colors include metallic gold, silver or white, and silver or gold...
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Startup Manual Press

The affordable Kruzer, a M&R entry-level manual screen-printing press offered by GSG is ideal for startup shops, and for small and mid-size automatic shops in need of a manual press. This...
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Web Portal Enables Remote Control

Screen printers and production managers can now track press production and jobs on Workhorse Products' Sabre automatic press in real time from any Internet browser thanks to the new Web portal...
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Maximize Productivity With Air Fusion

Incorporating the latest technology, Hotronix offers the Air Fusion, an auto-open, auto-swing-away heat press. Powered by an air compressor, this push-button heat press has innovative features...
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Product Pick

Great Dane Graphics and Graphic Elephants Inc. have launched Operation Screen Print, an educational series geared to provide comprehensive beyond-the-basics training in screen printing's most...
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Artist Plus Offers Digitizing Features

Artist Plus is an embroidery software program that falls between the Maestro and Illustrator Extreme levels of the Tajima DG/ML by Pulse family. It offers many tools to speed up everyday...
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Runway Apparel Trends

Dennis Basso was inspired by modern art for his fall/winter 2014-2015 show at New York Fashion Week. The designer's runway was the gallery for sweeping gowns that served as canvases. The best...
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Apparel: Leather Jackets

There's a plethora of leather jackets up for grabs this season. You'll definitely want to show clients the styles being offered, from cute cropped numbers to romantic knee-length designs, not to...
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Color: Lime

During Fall/Winter 2014/2015 Fashion Week, lime bridged the ever-popular neon/pastel gap in the collections of Armani, Kenzo and Gucci. "Lime is a color driver that's approachable,...
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Embellishment: Patches

Patches and emblems are notable embellishments at the fall/winter 2014/2015 fashion shows, especially in the latest collections from Libertine and Katrantzou. This type of embellishment is front...
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Showcase: Women's wear

This fall offers an array of new styles and designs in women's clothing and accessories and in numerous categories, from outerwear and athletic gear to corporate apparel. Elson Yeung, product...
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Niche: Purses and totes

The fall and winter 2014/2015 fashion shows turned out a multitude of purses and bags that rivaled those of previous seasons as far as imaginative design and color and style availability. If a...
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Ask an Expert

Q I honestly can't believe some of the artwork that my clients bring in to me, sometimes a penciled logo on a piece of scrap paper - and then they want a finished logo sewn from that scrap on...
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