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10/26/2017

The reality of commercial embroidery is such that digitized logos will often work perfectly in a test environment but when it comes to production the wheels will fall off the bus and edits will be required.  Take a look at the image below.

The top sample is straight off a sample machine.  The bottom logo is from an embroiderers production machine.  The registration issues shown in the bottom sample are clear.  The problem becomes, “how do I fix this?” (more…)

Welcome To Cora’s Corner, where every month I am going to help you with

your artwork issues. This month I would like to discuss why trade shows are necessary to attend when you are considering artwork issues and requirements.

I just attended the SGIA Trade Show in New Orleans. It’s the largest printing industry trade show event in North America. All printing disciplines are represented there. It’s a great show to get a glimpse of the future of the printing industries. It’s also a great show to see what you can do to expand your business or better utilize what you have already. How printing is done is rapidly changing. That means how artwork is created and processed is rapidly changing too. What you can offer your customer depends on how up to date you stay with what is happening in the printing/decorating industry. There are new software, tools, materials and equipment to run your business and produce products for you customers. (more…)

Figuring out what it is that people are looking for online is important when you’re building a business, so you need to acquire a little expertise in this field in order to keep your content relevant. That might sound like a lengthy, expensive and laborious process, but all it takes is a little research and the right applications. Take a look at a few of these and see which ones can help to keep your content relevant to today’s market.

Buzzsumo

This is just one tool that will help you to create your entire content marketing strategy, helping you to find relevant keywords and guidance with planning your content marketing strategy. When you type in a search query, the system will give you a list of articles that relate to your topic and which have been searched by others. You can use filters to narrow down the results. You can select the most popular publications that relate to your industry and filter articles from rival sites. This tool will also help you to monitor your marketing campaigns to see how successful they are.  There is a free trial but for all the features you will need to take out a subscription. (more…)

I think one of the biggest areas of confusion in the Apparel Decorating Industry is a clear definition of what Vector Art really is and how it is used to print on apparel.  Unfortunately Vector Art is a term that has been commoditized the way Kleenex is used to describe all brands of facial tissue.   Unfortunately vector art is a discipline on to itself and many times consumers will request a piece of art be “vectorized” when the process of recreating a piece of art in vector format is entirely inappropriate.

This conversation could easily get very technical but the point is not to numb you into submission with fancy terms and lofty jargon. Rather it is to try an help you better understand what can and cannot be done with vector art.

To go further let’s discuss the image below. This is very typical of art Qdigitizing will receive with instructions that go something like this, “Please vectorize this image so I can print on t-shirts.”

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09/26/2017

Welcome To Cora’s Corner, where every month I am going to help you with your artwork issues. This month I would like to discuss doing custom work.

Custom means to create unique artwork that fits a specific customer’s needs.

In a recent report done by Research and Markets Research Store they stated, “custom t-shirt printing market is expected to witness significant growth with increasing disposable income, shifting trends towards fashionable apparels particularly in developing nations is expected to drive the demand for custom printed t-shirts. In addition, advancement in print-ing technology to print t-shirt with multiple color and design is also driving the growth of Custom Unisex T-shirt Printing market globally.”

They also stated, “Based on printing technologies, custom t-shirt printing market is classified into screen printing, digital printing and plot printing. Screen printing is a conventional technique used for t-shirt printing across the world and accounted for the largest revenue share. Screen printing technique is expected to maintain its dominating position through the forecast period 2016 – 2023. The growth of custom t-shirt printing market is strongly influenced by adoption of digital printing technology. Introduction of low priced solutions and advancement in inkjet heads that enables the use of variety of inks from different suppliers are expected to increase the adoption of this printing technique for custom t-shirt print-ing. Digital printing technique is also expected to benefit from immensely changing fashion trends which demands shorter production cycles and high quality prints. Digital printing technology is positioned to witness fastest growth in the next six years with rising awareness about benefits of this technology and advancement in inkjet technology.”

However, it doesn’t mean you have to start from scratch. (more…)

Good customer service doesn’t mean just looking after the happy customers – occasionally you are going to get a bad review but with careful handling this does not have to translate into a negative impact on your business. Keep the following tips in mind when handling unhappy customers on social media.

Listen

When a customer is unhappy they want to feel as though somebody is taking their concerns seriously. If possible, try to monitor mentions of your company, brand, and any hashtags you use so that you don’t miss any negativity. Then you need to ensure you have noted the specific concerns so that you can address these in your response.

Timely response

On social media, people notice just how quickly you respond to negative feedback. While it isn’t always possible to answer instantly, having a target time in place is a good idea. Larger companies can often have a member of staff continually monitoring feedback so that replies can be arranged quickly, but for smaller companies this isn’t always possible. Ensure that your opening hours are displayed on your Facebook page and other important social media accounts, so that those who do leave negative feedback when you aren’t around won’t expect an immediate answer. During opening hours, unfortunately, taking more than a couple of hours to respond is seen as being dismissive and studies show that most members of the public expect you to reply within an hour. (more…)

Welcome To Cora’s Corner, where every month I am going to help you with

your artwork issues. This month I would like to discuss things to consider while designing and printing your garments.

DESIGNING

Tips that are especially important to keep in mind when designing for t-shirts. Some of them are more or less unique to this type of design and thus easy to overlook.

Let’s get going.

1. Who is your intended audience?

This obviously only applies if you are designing for a client rather than yourself. Yet surprisingly, even experienced designers often confuse the two situations, especially when something like clothing, which depends much on personal taste, is concerned. Think about who the intended wearer is, and what they would go for.

2. Image size.

That is the size of your design, but with more of an emphasis on how that size relates to its surroundings: in this case, a t-shirt to be worn. Your level of detail, or even your shape, might look cool on a computer screen, but weird when reduced (or inflated, as the case may be) to fit the standard screen printing platen. The best thing to do is print out your design periodically and actually hold it up against your own body, to make sure everything looks right. (more…)

 Greetings from the Great Southwest…I hope my message finds all of you well as we prepare to enter the busy holiday season.  Here at Qdigitizing things will be busy from now through the second week in December when things will start to slow down.  During this period if you have any special requests please do not hesitate to let us know what you might need.  All of us at Qdigitizing will always do our best to help you shine with your customers.

For this months’ blog I would like to start a series that I am going to title, “Let’s Get Back to Basics.”  Over the next few newsletters I will review some basic concepts in embroidery  that are vital to quality embroidery.  Over the past few years new and fancy techniques have become “all the rage” inside our world.  These techniques (like Puff Embroidery) are fantastic but if basic embroidery techniques are not adhered to it will not be possible to achieve satisfactory results on basic patterns let alone advanced techniques.

For this installment I am going to tackle basic tensioning for your lock stitch embroidery machine.   This discussion assumes your machine is in good repair, you have properly prepared your materials and you have decent digitizing.  With those three things in place as an embroidery machine operator the single most important thing you can do to ensure quality embroidery is to make sure top and bottom thread tension is properly adjusted on your machine.It is easy to tell when tensions is bad; typically you will see one of two things; 1. Top thread tension too loose will cause the top thread will loop and/or appear to be very loose or 2. The bottom (bobbin) thread will pull up from the back and leave what appear to be white flecks showing on the edges of your stitching.

Bad tension on Column and Walk Stitches

Bad Tension on Fill Stitches

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When it is time to head back to school after the summer break there is plenty of potential for you to boost the effects of your marketing campaign by focusing on those who spend money at this time of the year.

Social media

Remember that in many cases it is the kids who are influencing the way their parents spend money so it is a good idea to promote widely on social media. Kids (ages 13 and up) make up a large proportion of social media users and can be easy to reach if you sell products that are appropriate for this demographic. In addition, almost half of all teenagers are using some form of social media each day, so consider creating a back to school theme marketing campaign with this age group in mind.

Target Moms

Remember that social media does not stop at Facebook. It is estimated that around 40% of moms use Pinterest on a regular basis, so make sure you create an account for your brand and put together a great Pinterest page with plenty of attractive images and links to attract moms to your back-to-school bargains, who then save them to their own pages, helping to spread the word on your behalf.

Try a selfie or two!

Instagram has very quickly become one of the most popular social media sites and this is a really easy way of getting your target market involved. Why not have a selfie campaign? Create your own hashtag and ask the public to send you their favorite selfies and other images to show them doing back to school shopping. It acts as a continual reminder that back to school is an important part of this time of the year and will remind people of your products and services. (more…)

07/26/2017

Embroidery backings come in many different weights, colors, textures and special features like adhesive or heat sensitive. While all of these backings are different they all serve one purpose, to stabilize the material on which you will embroider your design.

Let me dispel with one myth right away. There is no one single backing that will solve all of your embroidery needs. Certainly you will find one to be a favorite (mine is product called AllStitch) in your shop but don’t fool yourself in to thinking your favorite backing will solve all of your issues because it won’t. Aside from the whole Tear-Away vs. Cut-Away issue there is also the weight , opacity and the “hand” of the backing to mention only a few.
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