Friday, January 25, 2008

Need Production Samples?

You’ve got a great idea for a decorative clothing line. You want to set-up a web site to promote your idea but you need samples for web pictures. How do you get samples made? What will the cost be? Can any embroiderer do this work? If your idea works and you need to go into production what is involved in making the transition from samples to production?

Friday, January 18, 2008

Embroidery Friendly?

You've purchased a bag that you want to have embroidered. You call an embroiderer to inquire about their services and the embroiderer asks, "Is it embroidery friendly?" What does that mean?

Items must be hooped to be embroidered and an embroidery needle must be able to go through the material. If the items is a large unflexible bag, it must fit on the embroidery machine. Also, there must be enough room for the embroidery arm to fit underneath the embroidered area. Sometimes this is a problem when embroidering on a pocket because the arm cannot fit under the entire area of the embroidered design.

Not sure if your bag is embroidery friendly? You might need to show it to your embroider or send them a picture. Haven't bought your bag yet? Purchase your bag from your embroider. They can show you a wide selection of bags that are embroidery friendly.

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Ready To Decorate!

So, you've done your homework and you've decided to have your own shirts embroidered or printed. Just make sure that your decorator understands any conditions that your franchise may have such as the correct printing size. If you can provide a previously decorated shirt that will be helpful for your decorator if there are questions about colors or other issues.

Saturday, January 5, 2008

Artwork Fees

You may be charged an artwork fee depending on whether you require embroidery or screen printing and the quality of the file you provide. Try to obtain an artwork file from your franchise office. If you receive your logo in different file formats send all the files to your decorator so they can choose which file will work best. Even if you supply a usable artwork file, some decorators will charge a set-up fee to cover the cost of adjusting the file to work for the particular decoration process.