October '13

For the Business of Apparel Decorating

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Needle Abbreviations The most common needles have an abbreviation that begins with the letter S. The most often used are the SPI (acute, sharp), SES (light ball point), SUK (medium ball point) and SKF (heavy ball point). If there are no letters on a needle, it is a sharp point. The last three letters in the code indicate the point. • SKL —Semi-ball point (a special • SES, EB, FFG—Fine ball point light ball point) • SIN—Light ball point • SPI, MA—Acute sharp normal • SUK, FB, FG, MBP—Medium ball point • MSP—Medium sharp (normal • SKF, PB—Heavy ball point or set point) • SKU or G—Heavy ball point • B, BP—Full ball point • SBP—Semi-ball point • KK—Short shank • EO—Narrow eye Schmetz has a catalogue number (CANU) for naming systems and points. The designations for the four most commonly used needles are MA, EB, FB and PB. In Schmetz needles, as in generic needles, if there is no suffix, it is a normal (sharp) needle. Groz-Beckert uses FG and FFG, while Organ uses BP as designations for ball point needles. pw smaller needles. When choosing a needle, the thread size is more critical than the fabric thickness. Use the smallest needle possible for the job to produce the smallest hole in the fabric… which will result in the best embroidery. Needles are tools, and it is worth exploring what works best for each job. Don't become complacent or view changing needles as a chore. Use the right needle and be pleasantly surprised with an embroidery process that is more trouble-free and joy-filled. Hugs to all our ghosts and goblins this month, and consider using some metallic and specialty threads—with the right needles—on those hand-crafted costumes.—HHM pw Announcing CAD-PRINTZ® Perma-TWILL® A premium choice for full color logos! Our NEW material option for digitally printed full color logos, CAD-PRINTZ® Perma-TWILL®, is a perfect no-sew solution for any decorator. This single layer twill is lightweight and backed with a permanent adhesive for application to cotton and polyester fabrics. All you need is a heat press! CAD-PRINTZ® Perma-TWILL®: • No per color fee • Low minimums • Excellent solution for full color patches Visit to order today. • 800.478.2457 Patent Pending PW1310 Use Info # 31 2013 October Printwear PW_OCT13 Ads.indd 51 | 51 9/18/13 12:01 PM

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