October '19

For the Business of Apparel Decorating

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2 0 1 9 O C T O B E R P R I N T W E A R 5 9 Welcome to the PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS section where each month we offer you resources to enrich and expand your business with great services and products from our advertisers. THE RIGHT NEEDLE WILL MINIMIZE THREAD BREAKS Most embroiderers will criticize thread for breaking, rather than go to the root cause: a poor choice of needle or a needle in poor condi- tion. While some embroiderers change needles like clockwork every eight hours of production time, others tend to wait for prob- lems to occur and then address them. Think of how hard that poor needle is working! Even the best of needles (and this is a supply that you do NOT want to skimp on quality) still gets worn, prone to burrs, and can cause thread to fray and break. Needles are another category of supplies where there are many choices and your ultimate decision will affect the final result of your embroidery. Always try for the smallest sized needle, so that penetration holes are the smallest possible. And as our Needle Chart shows, ball- points are used on knits so that they slide through the knit instead of penetrating it, preventing the knit from running. Sharp points are used on wovens where they pierce the fabric and there is no danger of damaging this stable fabric. While the fabric you are embroidering will determine the point of the needle, the type of thread you use will determine the size of the needle. PW Alice Wolf is manager of education and publica- tions at Madeira USA. Her marketing skills developed in the fields of publishing and public relations, covering art, home d├ęcor, film and televi- sion production.

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