October '15

For the Business of Apparel Decorating

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There are a lot of little things that will come in handy in your embroidery shop. (Im- age courtesy Madeira) 88 || P R I N T W E A R O C T O B E R 2 0 1 5 How can I get small lettering to work properly? First off, digitizing can be one of the main culprits with too many stitches in a small area, but realize that it's not only the design file or the machine, but the components in between that can help, too. Using a smaller needle and thread can help tremendously. This removes the bulk and makes the let- tering crisper. In addition, using a topping, such as a water-soluble, can help create a barrier between the fabric and thread that assists in making the design work more vibrant and clear. Don't be afraid to use multiple layers of topping––remember that every material is different, and sometimes requires its own set of rules! ANDREA BOMMARITO, ZSK MACHINES I've just set up my embroi- dery shop and want to make certain I have everything I need. Beyond the thread, backing, and bobbins I've purchased, what do you suggest? First and foremost, you will need to make sure that you have a supply of needles on hand. You could begin with a universal point, size 70/10 or 75/11. Embroidery Small embroidery is possible with a few adjustments to technique and digitizing coupled with thinner thread. (Image courtesy Erich Campbell) Q & Q & Q A & A &

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