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Stitches is read by more than 21,000 (60,000 with pass-along readership) North American-based commercial embroiderers and screen printers. The audience, comprised of home-based, retail-based and larger contract shop owners, relies on Stitches for educational articles on how to run their businesses better, increase their bottom lines and beat out competition. For 25 years, Stitches has given readers sound business-growth strategies, sales and marketing topics, software and embroidery equipment reviews, cutting-edge decoration and digitizing techniques, fashion trends, and new products and industry news. Readers’ decorated work is featured in the magazine. The magazine is presented in a high-end fashion format.

Puffer jackets are both fashionable and functional. These days, they come in a variety of styles and colors, too.
11/20/2019
Trend Alert: Puffer Jackets Are a Fashion Staple

Puffer jackets are both fashionable and functional. These days, they come in a variety of styles and colors, too.

Quilted outerwear serves as both a functional piece and streetwear statement.

Some nice options for women's apparel on this list
11/08/2019
Smart Women’s Apparel

Some nice options for women's apparel on this list

Plenty of style, function and comfort. Expert Brand (asi/53404) With a modern...

Want to know the state of the decorated-apparel industry? Read our cover story to find out!
11/01/2019
State of the Decorated-Apparel Industry

Want to know the state of the decorated-apparel industry? Read our cover story to find out!

Last year, apparel decorators were wary about the future. Their concerns about the economy, tariffs and other factors were reflected in a dip in the industry’s health rating in our report. It was the first time in several years that decorators were less optimistic. Not so in 2019’s State of the ...

Philadelphia is the latest place eyeing a plastic bag ban. What do you think of such efforts?
10/25/2019
Philly Looks to Ban Single-Use Plastic Bags

Philadelphia is the latest place eyeing a plastic bag ban. What do you think of such efforts?

Prohibitions could spark promo sales potential in the nation’s sixth-largest city.

Some of these sales strategies are truly wild (Tigger suit, anyone?). What's the wackiest thing you've ever done to seal...
10/10/2019
Desperate Distributor Strategies That Paid Off

Some of these sales strategies are truly wild (Tigger suit, anyone?). What's the wackiest thing you've ever done to seal the deal?

What would you do for a sale? Distributors reveal their most daring strategies that paid off.

Pistachio is the color of fall, according to fashion gurus. What do you think of the hue?
10/09/2019
Trend Alert: Pistachio Fashion Rules Fall

Pistachio is the color of fall, according to fashion gurus. What do you think of the hue?

The light green shade is unisex and neutral, making it a great choice for promotional apparel.

Some really interesting stats in the sales compensation survey this year. What do you think?
10/03/2019
2019 Promotional Products Sales Compensation Survey

Some really interesting stats in the sales compensation survey this year. What do you think?

In 1981, Loverboy's hit "Working for the Weekend" became a musical anthem for the masses – the people who, in the words of the dance-inducing chorus, are "goin' off the deep end" and "need a second chance." No doubt the message resonated. The majority of baby boomers were in the workforce. Gen X w...

Calling all apparel decorators: What does the future hold for the industry? Share your best predictions in the comments,...
09/05/2019

Calling all apparel decorators: What does the future hold for the industry? Share your best predictions in the comments, and they may appear in an upcoming issue of Wearables!

Apparel companies in the promo industry are finally recognizing plus-sized customers and offering them more style option...
08/15/2019
Plus-Size Apparel In The Promo Industry

Apparel companies in the promo industry are finally recognizing plus-sized customers and offering them more style options.How do you handle sizing in your shop?

Plus-size consumers are finally being recognized by the apparel industry, which makes it more important than ever to satisfy them with trendy, well-fitting clothing.

What do you think of this?
08/15/2019
Ohio State seeks to trademark the word 'The'

What do you think of this?

Ohio State has previously trademarked the names and likenesses of football coaches Woody Hayes and Urban Meyer as well as phrases like Script Ohio and The Shoe.

Should apparel decorators be worried about the rise of the "prosumer"? What do you think? We'd love to hear from you in ...
08/15/2019
Rise of the 'Prosumer': Should Apparel Decorators Worry?

Should apparel decorators be worried about the rise of the "prosumer"? What do you think? We'd love to hear from you in the comments.

Home-based decorators of all stripes are on the rise, and equipment suppliers have taken not...

Attention decorators: Tell us about a recent or upcoming decoration innovation that you're excited about, and your comme...
08/13/2019

Attention decorators: Tell us about a recent or upcoming decoration innovation that you're excited about, and your comments could appear in an upcoming issue of the magazine. What cutting-edge technique, machine or process are you dying to try out in your shop?

Fast fashion + custom embroidery + e-commerce= interesting
08/13/2019
Zara Now Lets You Add Custom Embroidery To Your Clothes & Here's How To Do It

Fast fashion + custom embroidery + e-commerce= interesting

Everyone loves a good monogram or custom-stitched name on their clothing. It makes the piece a little more personal, especially in the age of fast fashion. But now one fast fashion brand in particular is here to try to fuse the two worlds together.…

Some of these nightmare scenarios are unbelievable! What's the worst situation your shop has gone through, and how did y...
08/01/2019
Promo Distributor Nightmares And How They Were Resolved

Some of these nightmare scenarios are unbelievable! What's the worst situation your shop has gone through, and how did you resolve it? Share your stories in the comments!

Any order has plenty of opportunity for mistakes and mishaps. Here are six distributors’ accounts of recent nightmare situations – and how their quick thinking saved the day.

07/30/2019
Hats Out of the Bag / Season 1: Episode Dad Hats

Have you seen Sportsman Cap's "Hats Out of the Bag" videos yet? They've been sharing some great styles (and having a lot of fun while doing it!) What do you think?

Sportsman Presents: Hats Out of the Bag! In this episode, Paige and Mariah show off their best dad jokes over some Schlitz beer. Gotta have some dad hats to ...

07/24/2019

Behind The Scenes: 2019 Wearables Fashion Shoot

Loving the subtle embroidery on the shirt. #behindthescenes
07/24/2019

Loving the subtle embroidery on the shirt. #behindthescenes

The finalists in our Top Decorator contest have been selected. Now, it's your turn to pick the big winner. Vote on your ...
07/23/2019
2019 Wearables Top Decorator Contest

The finalists in our Top Decorator contest have been selected. Now, it's your turn to pick the big winner. Vote on your favorite look now!

This year, Wearables challenged apparel decorators to show off their skills by creating...

Do you have your own line of custom apparel that you sell online, in your shop or in other retail stores? Tell us a litt...
07/17/2019

Do you have your own line of custom apparel that you sell online, in your shop or in other retail stores? Tell us a little about it in the comments, and your story might appear in an upcoming issue of the magazine! (Bonus points if you can share a photo of one of the shirts from your line.)

07/11/2019

Jane Cole of Star Tee Apparel talks about their company philosophy and some of the most popular pieces in their line. #ASIChicago

07/11/2019

Sublimation on cotton? Diane Joo of Cotton Promo explains how. #ASIChicago

Trade talks between the U.S. and China are to resume and President Donald Trump will not, for now, impose tariffs on an ...
07/03/2019
Trade Talks With China To Resume, No New Tariffs For The Moment

Trade talks between the U.S. and China are to resume and President Donald Trump will not, for now, impose tariffs on an additional $300 billion in Chinese imports.

The U.S./China trade news out of this weekend’s G20 Summit comes as a welcomed development f...

Vantage Apparel has partnered with 1% for the Planet, and announced an upcoming eco-friendly apparel line. What do you t...
06/27/2019
Vantage Apparel Partners With 1% for the Planet

Vantage Apparel has partnered with 1% for the Planet, and announced an upcoming eco-friendly apparel line. What do you think of their announcement?

Top 40 supplier Vantage Apparel (asi/93390) has partnered with 1% for the Planet , an...

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Digital Art Solutions Offers Free Graphics Classes May 18-22 Add new skills and sharpen existing ones with six new classes being offered by Digital Art Solutions as part of its weekly Graphics Academy series. If you miss a live webcast, you can view archived versions at https://www.gotostage.com/channel/publicwebcastarchive. Upcoming classes include: Monday, May 18, 3 p.m. EDT Developing Productive School and Sports Fundraising Programs Learn how to generate revenue for your favorite school or sports teams using custom graphics. Find out how to launch an ecommerce store, maximize exposure on social media platforms, and leverage school and team spirit. Wednesday, May, 20 3 p.m. EDT Creating Customized Graphics that Sell If you can’t produce graphics that compare to top retail brands, you can’t effectively compete in the marketplace. Learn how to identify and emulate trends, create branding programs that combine complementary products, and present ideas to clients using virtual samples. Friday, May 22, 3 p.m. EDT Avoiding Common Design and Production Pitfalls Reduce misprints, avoid production delays and meet clients’ expectations by learning the specific requirements for each decorating process. Hurry as spaces are limited. To register, go to https://www.digitalartsolutions.com/new-graphics-academy-online-classes-week-of-5-11/
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Digital Art Solutions Offers Free Graphics Classes This Week Digital Art Solutions is offering free virtual graphics classes on Wednesday, April 28 and Friday, May 1. These classes are part of an ongoing series. If you missed any of the free sessions from the past weeks, you can watch the archived versions here: https://www.gotostage.com/channel/publicwebcastarchive Wednesday, April 28, 3 p.m. EDT Essential Designs Skills for Increasing Visual Value Boring graphics don’t sell. This class outlines a set of design skills that will add visual value to your graphics at the level of the top retail brands. Learn how to work with color themes, add text effects, create a weathered appearance and more. Friday, May 1, 3 p.m. EDT Working with Photos for Digital Printing Learn how to edit photos for creating designs for sublimation, DTG, white toner color laser printers, printer/cutter and wide-format cutters. Learn how to get the best photographic quality out of your images. Hurry as spaces are limited. To register, go to https://www.digitalartsolutions.com/webcasts/ To view the company’s full line of products and services, go to https://www.digitalartsolutions.com/collections/. For more information, contact Digital Art Solutions at 800-959-7627; email: [email protected] or visit the website at www.digitalartsolutions.com. Digital Art Solutions is a graphics supplier that provides tools and training to allow decorators to create, manage, and process artwork. It offers an easy-to-use system as well as software, stock vector graphics, equipment and supplies to help printers of all levels provide cutting-edge designs and graphics for their customers.
Digital Art Solutions Offers Third Week Of Free Virtual Graphics Classes For the third week in a row, Digital Art Solutions is offering five free live classes at 3 p.m. EDT Monday April 6 through Friday April 10. This week’s sessions are focusing on specific production processes. Learn about each step of the decorating process including concept, design, production and sales and compare traditional methods vs. state-of-the-art technology. If you missed any of the free sessions from the past two weeks, you can watch the archived versions here: https://www.gotostage.com/channel/publicwebcastarchive Class Schedule Monday, April 6, 3 p.m. EDT Graphics Focus: Vinyl Graphics with a Cutter This class will focus on design and production techniques for vinyl graphics and decals. Learn an efficient strategy for outputting graphics as well as tips for working with popular materials such as glitter vinyl, metallic foil and sign vinyl. Tuesday, April 7, 3 p.m. EDT Graphics Focus: Screen Printing and Heat Transfers This class focuses on design and production techniques for screen printing and preparing artwork for screen printed heat transfers. Find out how to overcome production challenges such as color separations, color reduction, trapping, underbases and halftones. Wednesday, April 8, 3 p.m. EDT Graphics Focus: Laser Engraving and Laser Cutting If you’re thinking about adding laser engraving and cutting, this class can help you get started. It covers design, production techniques, and production challenges. Learn about art preparation, vectorizing and adapting artwork for the laser engraving process. Thursday, April 9, 3 p.m. EDT Graphics Focus: Rhinestone Multimedia Decorating Want to tackle multimedia designs using rhinestones? Digital Art Solutions invented the process of creating a rhinestone heat transfer with a vinyl cutter. In this one-hour session, learn design and production techniques with a vinyl cutter or setting machine. Friday, April 10, 3 p.m. EDT Graphics Focus on Digital Printing and Sublimation Digital printing, which includes sublimation, digital direct to garment, printer/cutters and white toner laser printers (OKI-Data) have unique requirements when preparing artwork for getting optimal results. In this session, learn the techniques needed as well as how to do color correction, image editing, special effects and masking/power clipping. Hurry as spaces are limited. To register, go to https://www.digitalartsolutions.com/webcasts/ To view the company’s full line of products and services, go to https://www.digitalartsolutions.com/collections/. For more information, contact Digital Art Solutions at 800-959-7627; email: [email protected] or visit the website at www.digitalartsolutions.com. Digital Art Solutions is a graphics supplier that provides tools and training to allow decorators to create, manage, and process artwork. It offers an easy-to-use system as well as software, stock vector graphics, equipment and supplies to help printers of all levels provide cutting-edge designs and graphics for their customers.
Transfer Express Offers Free November Webinar If you already have a corporate logo or other customer artwork, why not offer it on more than just apparel? In a new, free webinar scheduled for 2 p.m. Eastern on Thursday, Nov. 14, Transfer Express presents “Add on the Profits with Banners, Decals and Stickers.” You will learn how to sell more to the same customer, and how to price signage products. In addition to finding out what products are available, this video offers suggested uses for each type. The order process also is reviewed so you can be confident when buying new products for the first time that they will delivered as expected. Register for this free interactive session at https://transferexpress.com/help/customer-support/educational-webinars and start expanding your services and increasing the bottom line. Even if you can’t attend at the scheduled time, by registering you will receive an email notification to watch the archived version. For more information, contact STAHLS’ Transfer Express at (440) 918-1900; toll-free (800) 622-2280; email: [email protected] or visit the website at www.TransferExpress.com.
Transfer Express Presents Free October Webinar If you are thinking about starting your own decorated apparel enterprise or are interested in improving your existing venture, Transfer Express is offering a free webinar on “How to Start A T-Shirt Business.” Scheduled for 2 p.m. eastern daylight time on Thursday, Oct. 10, you’ll learn what you need to know to ensure your venture is a profitable success. Find out the legal details of starting a business including registering your company name and acquiring a retail tax identification number. Learn how to choose the best heat press and where to buy wholesale apparel. The session also covers marketing and sales tips as well as pricing strategies. Check out this October session as well as past Transfer Express educational webinars at https://transferexpress.com/help/customer-support/educational-webinars.
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Enter The InkSoft Print or Die Contest May 2 is National Screen Printing Day, but at InkSoft, the celebration will last for the entire month. The company, which offers software solutions for print shops to manage their marketing, orders and production in a single platform, is sponsoring a contest. The winner will receive a $500 credit from Allmade Apparel, a company that offers a line of socially responsible, environmentally friendly blank garments. InkSoft commissioned a graphic called “Print or Die.” This design represents a battle cry for the decorated apparel industry and is intended to be a tribal community badge to rally screen printers from around the world. Contestants are invited to come up with a creative way to print this artwork and submit it for judging. Any decorating process is eligible including direct or indirect screen printing, heat applied graphics (inkjet, color laser printer, sublimation), printer/cutter transfers and decals, embroidery, digital direct to garment and signage. Interpretations could be a trendy decorating technique, printing it on a unique new product, or even a dramatic wall display. The winner will be determined by community votes. Once your submission is ready, post it on Instagram and tag it with @inksoft, @allmadeapparel, and the hashtag #printordiecontest. After May 31, finalists will be selected and posted on InkSoft’s blog for voting. Voting will close June 15. At the conclusion of the voting, the winner will be announced on social media, the industry press, and be presented with the prize. The contest artwork is available under a Creative Commons license. This is a public copyright license that enables the free distribution of an otherwise copyrighted work. For more details and the link to the artwork, go to https://www.inksoft.com/print-or-die/. Send contest questions to [email protected]. For more information, contact InkSoft at (800) 410-3048; email: [email protected] or visit the website at www.inksoft.com.