November '15

For the Business of Apparel Decorating

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2 0 1 5 N O V E M B E R P R I N T W E A R || 71 To have your company or product featured, call Matt Wieber at 800.669.0424 x280 The Answer To Dye Migration Issues. Quality, Performance and Innovation. Check out our FEATURED COMPANIES at Because there's always a story… ® The solution in this case would be to use appliqué material instead of a design with fill stitches. This will cover the affected area without adding a tremendous amount of fill stitches. The appliqué method is often a great solution in just about all cases. Another solution is to stitch a pre-embroidered patch on top of the erroneous embroidery. When utilizing a patch or appliqué, place a piece of cutaway backing on the inside of the garment. This will cover up the prior stitching as appliqué and the patch will not cover up the underside of the garment in the same manner as a fill, which allows the old embroidery to show through on the inside of the garment. The process for appliqué is very similar to the process for using a filled design. Once again utilizing a start and stop point on the orig- inal design as a reference point will help ensure that the new design is lined up correctly to the old one. Imagine taking all of these steps to fix a mistake and the new design not aligning properly with the original design. At that point the garment would be wasted. In the event that this happens, never throw out the garment. Test material is always valuable in every embroidery shop. Cut the re- maining portion of the garment into as many 8" X 8" squares as possible and then throw out the scrap. Not only is this a good way to ensure there is plenty of material on hand for samples, but it serves as a reminder of how easy it is for mistakes to happen. If you are unable to utilize these methods on customer orders, cre- ate something for self-promotion that falls within the suggestions provided and distribute them to friends, family, and work associates. Any source other than a garbage can is a win-win.

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