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ISS Long Beach 2019 Shop Talks: Bill Garvin

Want to know what $8 piece causes 85% of the problems that happen with your $25,000 embroidery machine? Watch this Shop Talk by Bill Garvin and find out.

A Clean Bobbin is an Embroidery Necessity

At ISS Atlantic City the Ink Kitchen hosted “Shop Talks” and one was by Bill Garvin. We had a full house of folks listening to 20 minutes on bobbin tension. Part of the talk was about bobbin cleanliness being essential. His basic message was “don’t be screwing around with the thread tension!”  Instead he said…

Misprint Monday – I’m Stupid and Whatever, Time to Deal with It

That thumb drive is where a bunch of our digitizing was located. Only there? Yes, only there! How stupid is that? Totally ridiculously stupid. Totally difficult to find any of it, not backed up… stupid, stupid, and stupid. If you don’t do anything that stupid, you are superhuman… or more likely a liar. We all…

Mis-print Monday: Super Bowl Level Sewing Error

Its bad enough that whiny face Peyton Manning won the Super Bowl (Hey, I”m an unabashed Patriot fan) but look at that hat. Biggest stage there is and New Era QC failed and Mr. “175 Yards of Total Offense” got a hat with “Champions” upside down on the back strap. Super Bowl advertising cost over…

Jakprints – the Future of Printing Now

I was stoked that the road back from Farm Aid passes right by Jakprints and I got to see my buds the owners Jacob and Dameon and my other buds working there LT and Jeff and to talk shop and as always to have a good time. My take on Jakprints is that two skatepunks…

Great Maintenance Tip: Where’s the Oil?

Today we take a break from our dye migration series for a simple maintenance tip. I know that for maintenance,  folks have all kinds of ways to make sure it is done. There are checklists, sign off sheets, and clipboards full of notes and they are initialed, signed, and blah blah freakin’ blah. A signature…

Waterproofing Embroidery

If you embroider a waterproof jacket like you embroider any old thing, it won’t be waterproof any longer. Water will wick through the threads and the holes you have made. There are products you can buy to waterproof the jacket after you are done with the embroidery. We buy ours from KYS embroidery supplies but I imagine…

Field Trip to Hirsch: Let’s See Some Heavy Duty Equipment

Tom and I visited the Hirsch showroom and office in NC. We received some great hospitality and we got to see some of the best equipment available for shirt decoration: Kornit Direct to Garment, MHM Automatic Textile Press, Tajima Embroidery, and Seit Lasers. Ostensibly it was to show some folks that were new to the…

Web Wednesday – Crookedbrook.com

In my travels on the web, I ran into crookedbrook.com  I love the work that they do and I absolutely flipped for this great line on their site: “If your only concern is “how much per thousand stitches?” let’s not waste each others time. Search engine results pages are full of companies that offer “Discount Custom…

I.K. Threads

When The Know-It-Alls debuted at ISS Long Beach last month we received a lot of compliments and questions on our custom threads.  Here’s what we did… Designed by Rick and Tom then printed/stitched at Motion Textile, we created four unique pieces: The “Know-It-All Hoody” (N280 NANO FULL-ZIP HOOD)     The “I.K. Cardigan” (District Made…

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