May '14

For the Business of Apparel Decorating

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In the pages that follow, you will find the Product Highlights sec- tion where each month we offer you resources to enrich and expand your business with great services and products from our advertisers. Product Highlights Product Highlights 20 1 4 M ay Printwear | 75 Thread Type: Polyester Best Uses: Use on everything, including more specialty items such as bathing suits, uniforms, linens, etc. Thread is resistant to chlorine and laundry bleach; preferred for items that will undergo industrial laundering. Worst Uses: Not as well-suited for special applications, where customers need the thread to hold up in the sun, for example; and not as great with small lettering/ detail and/or on finer, more delicate fabrics. Tips: The 40 weight runs easily on high speed machines. Small lettering, to a de- gree, can be done if it's digitized correctly. Thread Type: Rayon Best Uses: Use on everything from caps to totes to golf shirts and home décor; gives a rich, high-end appearance and a soft hand. Worst Uses: Not recommended for baby items, white or light-colored garments, towels or any- thing that will be laundered at high temperatures or bleached. Not considered a heavy-duty thread. Tips: If a color match is required, make sure the customer knows not to use bleach on the thread. Also, make sure to check pressure settings on the machine's upper tension, as rayon requires a differ- ent tension than polyester. Thread Type: Silk Best Uses: Ideal for sewing on silk and for basting all fabrics. Silk threads generally don't leave holes and are very flexible. An excellent tailoring thread. Worst Uses: Can be very delicate, so not recom- mended for use with anything that will experience high use. Tips: Communicate wash characteristics—prod- ucts embroidered with silk threads must be washed gently with no harsh chemicals. Thread Type: Variegated Best Uses: A stripe can be created when used in satin stitching (special effects). Use for blending in an area that requires similar shades. Worst Uses: Designs that must be in specific colors. Tips: Slower speed and lower tension required for best results. Thread Type: Wool Blend Best Uses: Used in fashion, on knitted goods, for certain traditional/cultural de- signs or a traditional effect. Works well for embroidering blankets. Worst Uses: Embroidering on delicate fabrics or very intricate designs. Tips: This is a thick thread, so the design must be digitized specifically to accom- modate. Sources: Madeira USa, RNK Distributing/Floriani, Wild West Designs pw A Word on Weight Ever wonder what the weight of the thread really means and why it matters to you? Madeira's alice Wolf provided the following explanation: "Thread weight has come to describe a thread's thickness. (It used to be that thread was bought and sold based on its weight, which could be altered by its length or its thickness.) In the U.S., the higher the weight of the thread, e.g. 60 weight, the finer the thread. The lower the weight, e.g. 12 weight, the thicker the thread." Embroidery Thread Selection Guide PW_MAY14.indd 75 4/17/14 9:53 AM

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