It’s 4th Quarter! And I’m not talking Football!

It’s official – we have now entered the 4th Quarter of 2017. That means that many of you are already up to your ears in Christmas embroidery jobs. But don’t let the pressure of Christmas embroidery distract you from the other date looming on the horizon – December 31st – Year End –  the Deadline for 2017 Purchases to qualify for Section 179 Tax Savings.

Think of it! Great Happy Embroidery Machine, Great Price, Tax Savings
and Great Financing Options through Red Thread Financial.

Single Heads and our newest HCR3 – Multi Heads
available in 2, 4, 6, 8 & 12 Head Models

Call Carrie today to learn more about the Tax Savings available with your Happy Embroidery Machine Purchase.
Are you thinking about using one of those 0% Finance offers – here are some reasons to re-think that before you buy – or call Red Thread and find out why their program is a much better choice – 877-237-7287
Benefits of Red Thread program over 0% offers:
  • Equipment cost can be inflated on the 0% offers as the dealer has to pay a buy down fee to offer.
  • Red Thread offers a fixed payment/interest rate even if there is a late payment. Late payments on most of the 0% offers cause the interest rate to inflate to rates as high as 29.99% retroactive from day one.
  • Red Thread’s program may offer additional tax write-offs for businesses.
  • Red Thread’s program does not report to the personal credit bureau report since it is considered commercial financing; it won’t hurt your personal debt to income ratio when buying other items like homes and cars.
  • Red Thread’s program helps you build business credit history.
  • The 0% offers will increase the credit card debt reporting on your personal credit bureau. High revolving debt can hurt credit scores and affect future purchases of homes and cars.
  • Red Thread has no cap on equipment cost financing.
  • Red Thread can roll in all soft costs… training, install, delivery, shipping, sales tax, etc.

Happy Machine – “Pull Comp” Right on the Machine!

Posted this morning on Facebook: Texmac on Facebook

BONUS: This setting is also on the previous generation HAPPY machines as well (the ones with the CompactFlash slots) – same place: main menu -> SETTING, the icon looks very similar to the above photo.

How do you eat an Elephant?

Are you focusing on the Elephant –  the Cost of the Embroidery Equipment?

Maybe you should shift your perspective. Focus on the “Bites” – the Monthly Payments.

See for yourself just how much it would take to put that Happy Embroidery Machine in your workroom.

Check out Red Thread’s Online Payment Calculator. Don’t forget, you don’t have to finance the entire cost of the machine. My best advice? Give Red Thread a call and let them help you explore your options – 877.237.7287. www.RedThreadFinancial.com

You can even Apply Online – Apply Now

 

If you want to talk about it – give me a call. I take calls evenings and weekends, 7 days a week.

I will work with your schedule.

 

Blanket Appeal Part 1 – Undoing

I recently was given a Monogrammed Throw Blanket to Re-Work. The original Monogram was done with a very wide Satin Stitch. This kind of stitch does not “wear” well as the stitches can be very loose and prone to snagging and pulling. In addition, if you look closely, you can see the loops of the blanket actually beginning to work their way up through the embroidery thread. A Water Soluble Stabilizer (WSS) used as a Topping at the time of the original stitchout held these loops back. With time, and washing, this topping dissolves and is no longer able to hold these loops back. The same thing happens with a Terry Cloth Towel or a napped fabric like the Christmas Stocking featured in previous posts. Even if you don’t wash the item, Water Soluble Stabilizer dries out over time and can become brittle and flake away underneath the embroidery design if there is enough room under the stitches as in the embroidery below.

Fortunately for me, the same thing that makes this stitch style a bad choice for the blanket, makes it a very easy “fix”. I simply slid the tip of my Snip EZ Scissors and Snip, Snip, Snipped my way across, underneath the Bobbin Thread. The Squeeze Action of these Scissors make them a dream to use for cleaning up thread tails on the back of designs as well as this type of project. I especially love these Snips because they are so easy on my hands. My thumbs no longer work well and my fingers are stiffening up. I can use these for extended periods with very little pain in my hands. Even when you have good hands, working regular Scissors for long periods can become quite painful.

     

 

New YouTube Channel – TEXMAC Support

Announcing the launch of our new TEXMAC Support YouTube Channel!

Subscribe and check in often!

Our Technical Support Department will be adding videos to their library of TEXMAC Support Videos for our Happy Multi-Needle, Single & Multi-Head Embroidery Machines.

 

If you would like to contact TEXMAC’s Technical Support Department:

Call: 866-838-2424

Visit our Website at www.HappyEmb.com and submit a request for them to contact you: Support Contact Request

Another way to reach our Technical Support Department is through their Facebook Group. This Facebook Group is for customers that purchase their Happy Embroidery Machine from TEXMAC, Inc.? Be sure to join!

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Did you know? Firmware Version 2.11

First, did you know that there are periodic Firmware Updates for your Happy Embroidery Machine? Check it out here: v. 2.11 Released.

Firmware Updates are revisions to one or more of the onboard programs that operate your HAPPY Embroidery Machine.  They may include several major and minor updates or improvements. You don’t have to install these but it is recommended that you keep your machine current with these periodic Updates. You never know what cool new feature you will find on your machine after the update.

Second, did you know that this latest Firmware Update (v. 2.11) allows you to load designs while your machine is busily stitching out a design? Oh yeah!

Here is a video showing how this new feature works:

CAUTION: Successful installation of these updates require that all steps be performed EXACTLY as required to prevent damage to your machine.  It is highly recommended that you contact your appropriate technical support staff for help BEFORE proceeding.

Third, did you know that we have a new Facebook Group for customers that purchase their Happy Embroidery Machine from TEXMAC, Inc.? Be sure to join!

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2 Problems – Same Solution?

Last month I was consumed with embroidering on deep pile Christmas Stockings. As with any textured surface, Terrycloth, Velvet, Fleece, Fur, you name it, the plush “fur” of the Stocking presented some Digitizing and Embroidery challenges.

I wrote about those Challenges and my Solutions here:

A Right Way and a Wrong Way & Embossed Christmas Stocking

I started my New Year with a Sewing Room clean out and came across my stash of Valentine’s Day fabric. Guess what. Christmas is over. It is already past time to be thinking about the next Holiday!

Valentine’s Day!!!

It’s less than 6 weeks away. The stores are probably already half sold out of all their Valentine’s Day merchandise.

It’ll probably all be on Clearance by next week!

As I was admiring one of my favorite pieces of Valentine’s fabric, I realized that embroidering on it presents some real challenges in the Digitizing and the Embroidery itself.

As you can see, this is one “busy” print! And its not just the print, it has sparkle bits on it too. I really have to think about anything I embroider on this fabric because it can just get “eat up” by all those hearts and sparkly dots. The wrong embroidery design can simply disappear into that background.

As I was forming my plan of attack, I realized I had already been there, done that, got the T-shirt! The Challenge and the Solution for this background print is exactly the same as the Challenge and the Solution for those Christmas Stockings!

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I made a series of videos as I was testing my options. 12 in all. Yes, 12, relax, they are just 12 short steps in the process instead of one looooong video.

 

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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A Right Way and a Wrong Way

Really? Maybe there’s just a “Better Way

It seems like no matter what you do, whether it is Cooking, Sewing, Painting, even Cleaning, you can always find a “Better Way” to do it. OK, so it’s a Better Way, you still have the option of continuing to do whatever it happens to be the Same Old Way – the choice is yours – your way isn’t Wrong, there’s just a Better Way and you might or might not use it – up to you.  

Totally Up to You!

Sometimes though, there is a “Right Way” and a “Wrong Way”.

Yes, you could keep doing whatever it is the Same Old Waybut why would you?

That’s just, well, WRONG!

The Embossed Christmas Stockings I just finished yesterday are a perfect example of the Right Way, Wrong Way Principle!

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What happened?

Well, I got in a hurry and did the first side the WRONG WAY!

First & Foremost! I forgot to put stabilizer under the Stocking!!! Sometimes you can get away with no Stabilizer but this lined Stocking with a plush nap is not one of those times. I used a quality Cutaway Stabilizer on the Right Side – literally, the Right Side, get it? 🙂

Second & maybe Foremoster! I went back to the computer and ran the design player in my digitizing software to watch the stitchout on the screen. I immediately realized that there was no outline stitch around the perimeter of the design. It simply begins stitching the knock down stitches and works it’s way up the design – pushing the Stocking Fabric ahead of itself as it progresses through the stitchout. When the second color change, the Satin Stitch border stitches, the fabric and the nap have shifted and the outlines or Registration of the design elements/colors no longer line up properly.

I edited my design and added a Running Stitch around the entire perimeter of the 1st Color, the Knock Down Stitch. This stitch attaches or locks the Stocking Fabric to the Cutaway Stabilizer underneath and holds it in place when the Knock Down stitches begin to form. Now the fabric and the nap are locked in place and don’t get shifted up or down, left or right. Then, when the 2nd Color stitches, the Satin Stitch Border, the first element, the Knock Down Stitches and the fabric are still where they belong and the two elements/colors line up properly – no tacky stitches showing through where they don’t belong.

Problem solved – the Right Way!

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Are you looking for a great Embroidery Machine? Well I can help you there too!

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