Stitches Archive: July 2015

The Digital Decision

Direct-to-garment and dye-sublimation printing have grown by leaps and bounds, and decorators should be investing in these technologies.
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Getting Personal

Large retail brands have embraced the personalization trend, thanks to software that makes mass customization both scalable and profitable. Already firmly ensconced in the world of custom apparel, ...
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The Latest in Business Management Software Packages

ASI SmartBooks and ProfitMaker ASI Computer Systems ( asi/30238 ), Cedar Falls, IA; (319) 266-7688; www.asicomp.com Cost: Contact vendor for pricing. What it is: These business...
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The Latest in Digitizing & Graphics Software Packages

ApS-Ethos Artisan Plus Digitizing Software GS USA, Atlanta; (770) 819-1414; www.gs-usa.com Cost: Contact vendor for pricing. What it is: This embroidery software offers a variety...
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The Latest in Monogramming & Lettering Software Packages

Bernette Embroidery Software Customizer BERNINA of America, Aurora, IL; (630) 978-2500; www.bernina.com Cost: $249 MSRP What it is: bernette Embroidery Software Customizer...
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The Latest in Online Tool Software Packages

CadworxLive.com GroupeSTAHL, St. Clair Shores, MI; www.cadworxlive.com Cost: Contact vendor for pricing; Cadworxlive currently offers a free Bronze Membership and will begin...
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The Latest in Specialty Decoration Software Packages

Auto Laser Lettering (ALL) Bito USA, Deer Park, NY; (866) 248-6872; www.bitousa.com Cost: Contact vendor for pricing What it is: ALL automates the process of designing number and...
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Ask an Expert: Going the Contract Embroidery Route

Q I'm thinking of adding contract decoration to my current end-user business model. Do you have any advice for me on deciding whether it's the right step for me? I'm thinking of adding...
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Inspiration: Brant Torres

Creativity and loss are like feathers on a bird: they overlap, brush against each other, mirror each other's movements and, at times, look and feel identical. Brant Torres, assistant professor...
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Showcase: Woven Shirts

Woven shirts are super trendy right now," says Kirsten King, sales executive at alphabroder ( asi/34063 ), "and with many different patterns and cuts to choose from, there's a style for...
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Niche: Kids' Team Sports/Spiritwear

When it comes to teamwear and spiritwear for youth, well, as the saying goes, go big or go home. Oversized prints are popular with the younger crowd, according to Sherri McCarrell, marketing...
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Trend Alerts: Pantone's Amethyst Orchid

Pantone's Amethyst Orchid A shade fit for a king or queen, Amethyst Orchid is a gorgeous jewel tone - a pleasing interplay of poise and playfulness. "Purple and lavender hues can be found in...
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Trend Alerts: Metallic Accents

Bright, shiny and attention-grabbing, metallic accents are guaranteed to get noticed on promotional apparel and accessories. "Anything metallic adds another dimension that automatically draws the...
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Trend Alerts: Dark Florals

Dark Florals Floral patterns aren't a new concept, but as designers reinvent and re-imagine them, flowers continue to claim their place in high fashion as well as the promotional industry....
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Save 40,000,000 Stitches

Hirsch International; circle 84 on Free Info Card or call (800) 394-4426. Increase your capacity to save designs and improve efficiency with Tajima's TMAR-KC embroidery machine from Hirsch...
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Top Off Caps With Heat-Printing Tips

Hotronix; circle 83 on Free Info Card. The experts at Hotronix highlight the ease of decorating a cap via heat printing. By using a heat press, designs can be applied to the front, back,...
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Do You Have a Reciprocity Strategy?

Inksoft: Circle 82 on Free Info Card If you don't, it's easy to create reciprocity. Nonprofits and other organizations have long used free gifts as a reward or incentive to encourage...
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Sublimate Like a Fashion Designer

Let your inner fashion designer come out. With sublimation, the design possibilities are practically endless. The Epson SureColor F-Series dye-sublimation printing technology provides fashion and...
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Go Glam With Glitz

Dalco Athletic; Circle 80 on Free Info Card or call (800) 288-3252. Looking for bling with a twist? Dalco now offers a unique appliqué material called Jackpot Glitz, made of black...
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Brighten Up Embroidery

American Embroidery Supply;  Circle 79 on Free Info Card. Looking to warm up an embroidered design? Think hot shades of color. For a durable thread with a super bright shine, Robison-Anton...
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Cool With Caps

The summer sun makes caps all the more useful promotional gift or uniform accessory. Yet you can't let function outweigh design. Just over 40% of U.S. consumers who keep a cap do so because it's...
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Five Steps: Create Memorable Commemorative Apparel

By mixing media – water-based ink and foil imprints – you can create a unique commemorative shirt.
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Rodeo Brings Ample Opportunity to Sell

There's nothing quite like the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, the world's largest livestock exhibition and live entertainment event. The massive event held in downtown Houston each spring...
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College Student Builds Brand Online

College senior Kevin Ostromecki is building his custom apparel brand, Altix Clothing, while still carrying a full load of courses. Kevin Ostromecki , 21, will be starting his senior year as a...
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Billing Scores With Women in Motorcycle Club

To create fellowship and community, the nonprofit Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association (CVMA), with chapters in all 50 states, brings together combat veterans and their families for...
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State Government Sample Show Lucrative

Marjorie Corrow, President of Life's a Stitch Embroidery in Niskayuna, NY, has created a comfortable niche selling Irish-themed apparel at festivals and her retail store Shamrock Chic. But she...
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Embroiderers Stitch Blanket Fit for Royalty

The U.K.'s newborn Princess Charlotte is getting a warm welcome to the world from her friends down under. The Australian government commissioned the ACT Embroiderer's Guild to hand-stitch the...
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The Met Displays China-Inspired Fashion

Embroidery has a starring role in the latest exhibit at the Costume Institute of New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art. "China: Through the Looking Glass," which runs until August 16, explores...
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Indian Textiles on Display

Amuseum in Mumbai has opened up a permanent gallery to map the rich textile heritage of India. Thanks to a grant from the country's ministry of culture, the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu...
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OTTO Now Offers Embroidery Thread

OTTO Now Offers Embroidery Thread Apparel and headwear supplier OTTO International ( asi/75350 ) is entering the thread business, with its new embroidery product line. Items include a...
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Embroidery Mart-Nashville Set for August

Embroidery Mart-Nashville Set for August The National Network of Embroidery Professionals (NNEP) is hosting Embroidery Mart-NASHVILLE in Tennessee on August 7 and 8 at the Music City Center in...
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Kornit Assists With Sustainable Fashion

Kornit Digital ( asi/14972 ) and New York's Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) collaborated on a digital printing project, focused on local, sustainable short-run production. The design...
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