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I am enjoying this new venture in embroidery. It's June and I didn't think I would be dead in the water so soon. However, changes in life occur and here we are. What caused this temporary lull? My husband got a new job and we are moving across the country. Yay! but that means we have to have the house in pristine condition, find a new house, and get everything unpacked to start up again. This time hasn't gone to waste. I have created some new designs for t shirts, found new designs, and have lots of ideas in mind....

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  Well, it’s been a very busy month in April and here it is already the middle of May.   As I worked on a couple of orders, I realized that this business is more and more about being consistent, using high grade products, and paying attention to detail.   My daughter is a real estate agent in Arkansas.  As a closing gift, I embroidered a package consisting of a canvas tote, wine apron, 2 hand towels, 1 dish towel, and a kitchen apron.  What a fun project.  It was a challenging in shrinking down designs to fit the wine bottle, but...

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I received my first bulk order this week and did the happy dance thinking it wasn’t going to be so difficult.  It was an order for hats.  I had sewn out the customer’s design on an unstructured hat and it was perfect.  I had previously sewn it out on a flat to ensure integrity of the design.  All fine so far.   When asking the customer which type of hat he prefers, he indicated that he wanted Richardson hats “because that is what everyone wears”.  Okay.  I sent him a spec sheet and asked for color combinations in order to order...

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We’ve all heard with real estate, it’s all about location, location, location.  With embroidery and custom apparel, it’s all about quality, quality, quality.   After a few mishaps where a couple of garments were sacrificed to learning, I do understand the value of quality.  I wouldn’t wear something that was less than what I would expect with regard to customized apparel; I wouldn’t expect others to.   This week was all about slowing down and making sure the garments I was working on had center lines and good design digitizing.   The creativity came in with design color choices.   I spent so much...

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In the coming days and weeks ahead, I will be creating a product/service catalog replete with custom designs for many of the apparel blanks I’ve acquired.   I had no idea how important this would be until I tried to organize myself to be able to talk intelligently about the products I am planning to offer.    With my home machine, I have created a number of custom embroidered dish towels, bibs, and burp cloths.  My thought was to work on the skill of embroidery, mastering design centers, stabilizers/backing, and learning as much as I could about colors, threads, needles and various...

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