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Screen Preparation and Reclaim


By DrPrint - Monday, December 14, 2015
Screen making is the area that I focus on heavily since the quality of the print will be very influenced by, if not dictated by the quality of the screen.  Many shops make the same mistakes, and the most obvious one was the way they dried their screens, so following is a step by step of what I would do in making a screen from the beginning: 1-...

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...

What is Vector Art?


By Scott M Ritter - Tuesday, November 24, 2015
You might already know the difference between bitmap art and vector art. But your customers don't. Consider printing this page and presenting it to customers when the need arises. Among the most frequent questions people ask are: What is Vector Art? Can I convert a .BMP, .GIF or .JPG to vector? I converted a Photoshop™ file to .EPS, why can't I...

Small Letters Don't Have to Cause BIG Problems


By Scott M Ritter - Saturday, November 21, 2015
As embroidered designs and lettering get smaller, new problems arise. Small letters tend to cause more thread breaks, small walking stitches sometimes walk straight into the depths of the fabric, and thin lines get eaten in wool. So what makes small embroidery elements so difficult? Short Stitches! Have you watched those take-up levers on your...

Embroidery Pricing Insights


By Ruth Guenther - Saturday, November 14, 2015
Pricing is probably one of the more difficult challenges faced by the embroiderer. Charging too little will cause profitability problems and make it harder to expand the business in the future.  Charging too much makes it difficult to sell in a competitive market. The goals of this article are to provide insight on establishing pricing by...

Fountain Blends add Color & Drama


By Scott M Ritter - Friday, October 9, 2015
About a month ago I was cleaning out the laundry room of our house and I came across four T-shirts from the mid-1970's that stirred a lot of memories. The shirts were from an iconic Minneapolis radio station that I'd been lucky enough to score a job at, and I was likely wearing one of these on the day I printed my first T-shirt in a high-...

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