Stitches State of the Industry 2011

Stitches Editor Nicole Rollender talks about some of the surprising findings in the third-annual Stitches' State of the Industry survey including how embroiderers rate the decorated apparel industry during these tight economic times and how they're investing their dollars.

Downloadable MP3 Podcasts

Stitches Staff Writer Christopher Ruvo talks to some of the movers and shakers at leading industry companies to find out what they see as the top opportunities and challenges for the decorated-apparel industry this year. Listen to the podcast interviews here. To listen to the MP3, simply click on the MP3 icon. To download it, simply right-click on the icon and Save Target As to your computer.

Podcast 1

Hank Harrell

Hank Harrell, vice president of sales and marketing for Broder Bros. Co. discusses trends in apparel and talks about the challenges facing clothing suppliers in 2011, and how Broder will address those challenges.

Podcast 2

Bob Stone

Bob Stone, vice president of sales for Barudan America, discusses trends in the embroidery industry and identifies hurdles decorators and machine manufacturers must work to overcome this year.

Podcast 3

Joyce Jagger

Joyce Jagger, a Stitches advisory board member and industry expert known as "The Embroidery Coach," talks about emerging trends in embroidery and discusses ways embroiderers can grow their businesses.

Podcast 4

Thomas L Moore Jr.

Writer, educator and master embroidery designer, Thomas L Moore Jr., discusses trends in apparel decorations and identifies tips decorators can use to thrive in an increasingly challenging marketplace.

Editor's Letter

Nicole Rollender

In an industry as diverse and always-innovating as the decorated-apparel world, our annual State of the Industry issue gives you a view of the current marketplace and offers sound strategies to help you grow your business. Decorators of all sizes are poised for growth – and even more positive change - this year.