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
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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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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!
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 Way – but 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!
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 wondering if a Happy Multi Needle Embroidery Machine might be the Right Machine for You?
- Headquartered in Yamagata, Japan with > 1 Billion in Annual Revenue (2015)
- Manufacturer of Sewing Machines, Industrial Embroidery Machines and General Industrial & Electrical Machinery
- Embroidery Machines are manufactured and assembled at Happy’s factory in Yamagata, Japan
- Frames, drive shafts and castings are manufactured with top grade 1st rolled steel (unlike machines made in China, often made with lower grade scrap metal)
- Tight AQS (Acceptable Quality Level) controls promote tighter tolerances on machining, and higher quality metal specs on bolts and screws
- Shared knowledge across world class manufacturing divisions leads to refined platform designs that are lighter and stronger.
- Lighter, stronger machines – better embroidery quality at high speeds and lower costs, which we pass along to our customers.
- Happy Japan is a vertical manufacturer and makes its own circuit boards ensuring higher quality materials and a reliable supply of replacement boards.
- TEXMAC, Inc. and Happy Japan inventories parts for machines sold back to the 1990’s (Most machine brands now only maintain parts for 5 years)
- A Division of ITOCHU Corporation, a Global 500 Company with >$45 Billion in Annual Revenue (2015)
- Founded in 1974 and Headquartered in Charlotte, NC with Corporate and Regional Sales & Service Staff
- The exclusive Distributor of Happy Embroidery Machines in the Americas since 1990 – more than 35 years
- Customers who purchase their Happy Machine from TEXMAC Receive Free Telephone, Email & Internet Support
- For as long as they own the machine, no matter how old it gets.
- NO Club Fees, NO Monthly Service Fee Programs, NO pay by the minute!
- On-site Service available from TEXMAC’s Employees, Factory Trained Technicians
- Classroom Training at TEXMAC Headquarters in Charlotte, NC
- Regional Classroom Training throughout the US
- Live Webinars
- Large Video Training Library
- Phone & Email Support
- Downloadable Training Materials
- TEXMACDirect – TEXMAC, Inc’s Parts & Accessories Division
- Online & Phone Ordering for All Things Embroidery! All Machine Brands!
- TEXMACDirect is committed to providing the highest quality, competitively priced embroidery accessories and supplies in the market place today.
- Free shipping on orders of $100 or more.
- Education Video Library, developed with Industry leaders , developed to help you understand Embroidery and Embroidery Products, Tools & Supplies
Whether you are
just starting out,
a home-based business,
a Boutique Embroidery shop,
a production shop,
or something else altogether,
Happy has the machine that will fit your needs and budget.
There are no legs on the side of the Sewing Cylinder Arm of the 7 Needle Journey and the 12 Needle Happy – the front of these machines is flat and has no limitation to the width of the item you can embroider!
The 15 Needle HCD2 & HCD2X machines do have legs but they are over 18 inches apart!
And it’s not just wide items! You can embroider all kinds of things easily – yes, I said easily with our Happy Embroidery Machines!
Financing is available for all our equipment, Single Heads and Multi Heads, through Red Thread Financial.
Learn more about the Tax Savings available with your Happy Embroidery Machine Purchase here: Section 179 Tax Savings
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.
Red Thread can offer you up to 60 Months with payments as low as $203/month with approved credit
With Overstock Inventory on selected models – Single Head and Multi Head – now is a great time to call for pricing!
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I am always trying to think of something new and different for display at the Trade Shows. Since I made an Embroidered Snowman Quilt for display at AQS Quilt Week in Des Moines next week, I decided to make matching flags that spell out Happy. These will hang on the opposite wall of our booth.
The video below is the finished Flag Design. I have Step-By-Step pictures at the bottom of this post done when I was still designing the look of the flags so they don’t look the same. Who of us ever finishes the way we start?
This video shows how I “Tweaked” the Star design I used for the border of the finished flags.
Step by Step:
1-Lay the Felt on Tearaway Stabilizer and Embroider the Front
2-Apply Spray Adhesive to a 2nd piece of Felt and press to the Bottom of the hoop. This will hide the back of the Embroidery Design.
3-Repeat the Border Stitch to sew the 2 pieces of felt together and finish with the Buttonhole to hang the flag with.
4-Remove the Flag from the Hoop – See how nice the back looks!
5-I used a Ripple Blade on my Rotary Cutter for a decorative edge when I trimmed the Flags to size.
6-Slit the Buttonhole open for hanging.
7-Steam press well to finish and remove ripples.
Final Design – Come see them in person!