Printwear

October '15

For the Business of Apparel Decorating

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90 || P R I N T W E A R O C T O B E R 2 0 1 5 How do I determine how much thread to order? Simply put, a large cone of 5,500-yards yields approximately one million stitches. The small- er 1,100-yard product will provide roughly a quarter of a million stitches. These stitch counts are for the standard 40-weight thread and are based on average stitch lengths. If you are run- ning a single-head machine, these numbers will help you to determine what size put-up is needed for a particular project. Multiply this number by the number of heads you plan to use and order the appropriate put-up for the job at hand. You may want to keep the most popular colors, such as black, white, red, and blue, on hand in bulk, as they will be used most often. While the smaller put-ups are more expensive when you calculate the cost per yard, they can be cost-effective for colors not used too often. Over time, you will find which colors are used more often in your shop and you can adjust accordingly. NANCY MINI, MADEIRA USA Q&A Offering a limited num- ber of fonts can help a custom- er make an easy deci- sion. (Image courtesy Hirsch Inter- national) My software program comes with a very large font selection. Should I offer every font to my customers? No. Too many choices makes it dif- ficult for a customer to make a deci- sion. I would create a listing of about 25 different fonts and make those the recommended choices. Naturally, if your customer is not satisfied with any of those choices, you can open up the full selection of fonts, but only do that as a last resort. ED LEVY, HIRSCH INTERNATIONAL Is it important to change hoop sizes when embroi- dering? You should use the smallest hoop you can when embroidering; one that does not jeopardize the presser foot, but holds the fabric stable and firm during the stitching process. Sometimes we blame registration problems on digitizing when it may simply be a faulty hoop choice. To give thread the best chance at stellar registration, use a hoop that "just fits." The fabric will remain taut and not skip and you can reduce or eliminate flagging; a bouncing of the goods against the throat plate, which can be the result of the fabric slipping in a larger hoop. HELEN HART MOMSEN, HART ENTERPRISES Embroidery Q & Q & Q A & A &

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