Did you know that Happy Embroidery Machines Go To School!

Happy Embroidery Machines are perfect for a variety of School Programs and needs. 

  • Vocational

  • Fashion & Clothing Design

  • Life Skills

  • Booster Programs

Socastee High School has proven it with their Learners at Work Program

Contact me today to see how TEXMAC’s Happy Embroidery Machines can meet your School’s needs.

 

 

Customer Spotlight – I.D. MERCH

During a recent conversation with one of our customers in Michigan, I clicked my way over to their Facebook page . . . Oh My!

I was so impressed with their Caps and Patches I wanted you to see them.

  • Partly because they just do such an amazing job.
  • Partly because they get such large designs on their caps.
  • But MOSTLY I wanted to inspire you with the fact that they are doing all this on our 7 Needle HCH 701 Journey machine – well, actually, 6 of our 7 Needle Journey machines!

They just keep Growing and Growing and Growing. Now we are discussing the possibilities of adding a Multi Head Happy to their workroom.

   

     

    

      

It’s not just Caps and Patches! They do beautiful Left Chest Logos as well!

This could just as easily be Your Story!

With the Happy Embroidery Machine, we offer Commercial Japanese-made Quality at better than home market machine prices.

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.

From Single Head, 7 Needle all the way to 12 Head, 15 Needle

         

We also offer the training and support that will insure your success in your learning process.

I am available 7 days a week to take your calls and emails. You can reach me at 704-393-6532 or 877-335-5206, ext 6532.

Thank you, I.D. MERCH, for letting me share your Success Story.

 

Come On, Get Happy in Tinley Park, Illinois!

David Hufnagel and I will be at the DAX Show in Tinley Park, IL this month. As always, we will be demonstrating our fabulous Happy Embroidery Machines at the show. I will also be demonstrating the Patch technique I featured in my last post and showed at the Everything Applique Conference last week in Atlanta, Georgia.

If you already own a Happy Embroidery Machine we would love to see you in Owner Class following the Show – be sure to register in advance  – there is a link below for Show Registration and Owner Class Registration.

Show Dates: Friday & Saturday – April 21-22          Show Registration: www.DAXShow.com
Class Date: Sunday – April 23      Owner Class Registration: https://happyemb.com/…/registration_training_chicagoland_20…

Ya’ll come see us!

New Luggage – Must Embellish!

I will be headed for Indiana on Sunday to travel the state all week – a week long sales visit with embroidery shops and customers.

When I traveled through Illinois and Missouri in October, I accidentally booked myself on an American Eagle flight. Not so bad except that my rolling cart computer bag would not fit in those little ole’ bitty overheads on that little ole’ bitty plane. With some help from a steward and a couple of passengers I was finally able to get the door closed – I did have to relocate half the contents to my purse in order to do it. Of course, my purse no longer fit under the seat in front of me with 2 computers sticking out the top. I lucked out and the stewardess didn’t notice.

The Good News? I had to (I really, really had to) buy a new purse and rolling computer bag just in case it ever happens again. I know, you’re thinking, “Don’t put yourself on another one of those planes.” Well, you have a good point there, but, I did say I accidentally booked that plane. I just wish I felt confident that I would not make that mistake again. Solution? New bags! Seriously, have you been talking to my husband?

I was wrapping up my day when I couldn’t stand looking at those blank bags one more minute!

 

 

 

How do I pick the right Embroidery Machine?

Are you wondering if a Happy Multi Needle Embroidery Machine might be the Right Machine for You?

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  • 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)

 

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  • 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

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  • 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

 

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  • 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

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  • 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

 

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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.

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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!

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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!

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Financing is available for all our equipment, Single Heads and Multi Heads, through Red Thread Financial.

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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

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With Overstock Inventory on selected models – Single Head and Multi Head – now is a great time to call for pricing!

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alwayshappyMidwest Regional Sales Manager

Michigan, Indiana, Wisconsin, Illinois, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas

Getting Started With Your Happy

Have you asked yourself whether a Happy, Multi Needle Embroidery Machine could be the solution to your Embroidery struggles?

With the Happy Embroidery Machine, we offer commercial quality at better than home market machine prices.

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.

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2, 4, 6, 8 and 12 Head Multi Head Machines

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We also offer the training and support that will insure your success in your learning process.

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You can watch Videos of the Initial Setup and Embroidery Process here:

7 Needle Journey: https://happyemb.com/support/journey-1-head-embroidery-machine/

12 Needle Voyager:  https://happyemb.com/support/voyager-1-head-embroidery-machine/

15 Needle HCD2:  https://happyemb.com/support/hcd2-1-head-embroidery-machine/

Have you been tempted by the “0% Financing” programs offered by many Machine Manufacturers & Retail Dealers? Financing is available for our equipment through Red Thread Financial.

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Red Thread can offer up to 60 Months with payments as low as $203/month with approved credit.

 I am available 7 days a week to take your calls and emails. You can reach me at 704-393-6532 or 877-335-5206, ext 6532.

Susan McCann, Midwest Regional Sales Manager – Michigan, Indiana, Wisconsin, Illinois, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas

Felt Flags

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.

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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.

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6-Slit the Buttonhole open for hanging.
7-Steam press well to finish and remove ripples.

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All Done!

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Final Design – Come see them in person!

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Heading for AQS Quilt Week in Des Moines

Well, I am almost ready for AQS Quilt Week in Des Moines, IA – October 5-8. Did I say almost? Maybe it’s more like, “Oh no! I’m not nearly ready. It’s going to take all night, every night to make my vision come true for the booth!” Well, OK, it is somewhere in between the two.

Come see me and see if I managed to pull it all together.

Will you be at the AQS Quilt Week in Des Moines next month?

I will be in a corner booth just outside the Learning Center so be sure and stop in and say hello.

We will have great prices – especially for the AQS Members as part of their “I Am AQS” program.

Call me anytime for a Price Quote – 877-335-5206, Ext 6532 or email me at smccann@texmacusa.com.

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Heading for Des Moines, Iowa!

Get Ready Des Moines – here we come!

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We will be returning to the AQS Quilt Week in Des Moines, Iowa the first week of October so mark your calendars and start making your travel plans – I sure am!

Show details: http://www.quiltweek.com/locations/des-moines/

 

I don’t hear anything!

I recently received an email SOS from a new Happy Owner:

“What is the trick to get the bobbin to click?  I have tried for over an hour and it still won’t click.  I made a copy of the manual and have watched the videos.”

I called her up and we walked through it together over the phone. She quickly had her Bobbin Case inserted correctly  – and she heard the “Click”.

What was the problem? Why wasn’t it “Clicking” when she put it in the machine?

She sent me a picture of the page in her User’s Manual that she was referring to:

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The instructions she was following “Inserting the bobbin case”, shown below, specify in Step 1 “. . . open bobbin case latch (A) . . . Slip bobbin and case on stud of rotary hook body, and press in securely.Release bobbin case latch. Press the bobbin case in to be sure it is fully seated.” 

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Note, the Manual’s instructions do not mention an audible “Click”. Where did that come from?

From a video!

If you watch the video below, at about the 2:40 mark in the video, Rene gives instructions on inserting the Bobbin Case and talks about that “Click”.

So what’s the problem?

The User’s Manual and Rene are using two different methods to insert the Bobbin Case.

If you “. . . open bobbin case latch (A). . .” as instructed in the User’s Manual by pulling out that little Handle on the front of the Bobbin Case and hold it open while you are inserting the Bobbin Case, you are opening a “Latch” on the side of the case that engages when you insert the case in the Rotary Hook Area. When you release the Handle, the Latch engages and locks the Bobbin Case into place in the Rotary Hook. If you use this method, you do not hear a “Click” because you have opened the Latch with the Handle and it simply closes with no sound when you release the Handle. The Bobbin Case is locked into place when you release the Handle. The Manual further instructs you to “Press the bobbin case in to be sure it is fully seated.”

If you use Rene’s method from the video and  leave the Handle down and simply press the Bobbin Case into the Rotary Hook, the lock inside the Rotary Hook presses against the Latch on the side of the Bobbin Case and opens it. When the Bobbin Case is fully inserted into place with the Handle down, you hear a “Click” when the lock closes. Pressing against the Latch without opening that little Handle while inserting the Bobbin Case causes that audible “Click” when the Latch is fully engaged.

Which way is correct? Both! You can use either approach. 

The Instructions in the Manual are correct – it does not mention the “Click” because it instructs you to open and hold the Handle while inserting the Bobbin Case. Releasing the Handle locks the Bobbin Case into place – Silently.

Rene’s video is also correct. He demonstrates inserting the Bobbin Case without opening the Handle and instructs you to listen for the “Click” which indicates the Bobbin Case is locked into place. He is correct because he isn’t telling you (in this video) to hold the little Handle open. There will be a Click – if you inserted the Bobbin Case fully. If you don’t hear the Click, you got a problem – the Bobbin Case is not inserted correctly or fully. Something is wrong!

Which method should you use?

I prefer Rene’s method – don’t open the Handle – listen for the Click.

Why? Because this method gives you an audible indication that you have inserted the Bobbin Case far enough and that it is fully locked into place. No guesswork. If you open the Handle and insert, you might not put it in far enough to engage the lock and if you forget to push and check – well, you would not know it until you had problems with your stitches.

Why take chances? Use the Click Method and know that all is well!

If you’ve been having problems and thinking “How come sometimes it stays in and sometimes it doesn’t” or “Do I use this little handle thingy or don’t I”, hopefully this answers your question or solves your problem.