Embroidery Articles

Guaranteed Profits for Embroidery - Part 4


By Scott M Ritter - Friday, September 9, 2016
<Back to Part 3 If you have a calculator and an embroidery log with a number of varied jobs in front of you, you have everything you need to calculate two out of the four timeframes you need for pricing embroidery. The other two timeframes will take a little time and observation, as well as a clock with a second hand or stopwatch. The first...

Guaranteed Profits for Screen Printing or Embroidery - Part 3


By Scott M Ritter - Wednesday, September 7, 2016
<Back to Part 2 Time is Money Now that you have created your estimate for the amount of money your shop needs to generate annually, you also need to estimate the number of hours of production you will use as well. Just because you are open eight hours a day does not mean that production is occurring all day. In fact, most print shops won't...

Guaranteed Profits for Screen Printing or Embroidery - Part 2


By Scott M Ritter - Wednesday, September 7, 2016
<Back to Part 1 Part 2 - Making Cents of it All: How Manufacturers Arrive at the Prices They Charge The whole idea behind the costing process is to arrive at an annual profit figure that the company can be happy with. They try to look at the big picture. Instead of looking at the cost of building a car, they look at the cost of building all the...

Guaranteed Profits for Screen Printing or Embroidery


By Scott M Ritter - Tuesday, September 6, 2016
If you are reading this, you probably already have a pricing structure that you are using, but you are not satisfied with the profits your company is making. So how did you come up with the prices you've been charging? Did you create your pricing system by checking a competitors price list, then - to gain a competitive advantage - undercut the...

Digital Applique


By Jimmy Lamb - Friday, September 2, 2016
In the world of spiritwear, new, unique and different make all the difference in the world, yet working within the parameters of a school’s colors and mascot only leaves so much room for creativity.  After all, how many different ways can you apply a three-color cougar paw to apparel????  Hmmmm….  But all is not lost, as there really are some cool...

Editing for the Non-Digitizer


By Ruth Guenther - Saturday, July 2, 2016
The digitizing process is the programming of the actual design.  Editing, which is manipulating the design, is done after digitizing.  While knowing how to digitize efficiently is important for the shops that want to undertake this step (you can send your artwork to contract digitizers), knowing simple editing techniques is crucial for flexibility...

Dipping Garments Illustrated!


By DrPrint - Saturday, February 20, 2016
Most garment decorators, whether we screen print, embroider or apply heat-transfers, do the same things over and over. They don’t always seem to get very excited about another shirt because for the most part, they’ve been there, done that.  Decorating a garment that hasn’t been printed yet certainly creates a little more excitement, especially...

The Embroidery Formula - What I Wish I Would Have Learned in the Beginning


By Andrea Bommarito - Wednesday, December 16, 2015
As an embroiderer, I am always learning and growing. As a teacher, I am always thinking about what I wish I had learned before embarking on the long journey to comprehension.  With embroidery (and I’m sure any other form of decoration), there are so many reasons, so many techniques, and so many ways to produce just one item. In the beginning, I...

Embroidered Emblems and the Small Embroidery Shop


By Ruth Guenther - Saturday, December 12, 2015
Embroidered emblems can be a profitable addition to any embroidery operation. The small embroiderer can produce small emblem runs that often are not accepted by large, specialized emblem houses, and can make emblems from existing stock designs for special events.  If the quantity of emblems sought by the customer is too large to be produced cost...

5 Tips for Every Embroidery Shop


By Scott M Ritter - Tuesday, December 8, 2015
Looking to reduce headaches and speed production? Who isn't? Here are 5 quick, down and dirty tips you might not know that will make your machines run better, keep your embroidery looking great and keep you sane! Backing sandwiches I get more questions about backings than any other embroidery topic. Why? Because backings cause - or solve- more...

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