September '17

For the Business of Apparel Decorating

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2 0 1 7 S E P T E M B E R P R I N T W E A R || 57 worthwhile. Add ribbons for hair bows, ladybug buttons, and dimensional bees on flowers. Appliqué lends class and charm to goods with a custom look that appears creative and labor intensive to the customer. While certainly a way of "saving stitches," the savings sneaks up on the other side in labor. However, the perceived value of the piece will allow you to charge enough to compensate for extra time. Be careful not to tout saved stitches too much, lest the customer expect a bargain for your labor-intensive work of art. Artful appliqué should make you dream of what embroidery can do. You should charge for it. Above: Combine chenille and tackle twill for a textured finish. (Image courtesy Marsha Nash, Single Source Imagewear) Right: Extra backing and creative additions such as buttons can make for an artful and unique end product. (Image courtesy Helen Hart Momsen) Below: An E-stitch is a deco- rative and utilitarian finish that uses a minimum of stitches. (Image courtesy Helen Hart Momsen)

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