Answering the Age-Old Question – How do I Keep my Child from Losing their Backpack!

It’s that time of year again! Back to school! And the inevitable question, Where’s my backpack? Sound familiar? We can absolutely help you with that!

Here are a few examples of what we can do for you!

Backpack with Name Embroidered

 

Who wants to have the same backpack as their friends? Let us personalize your backpack! We can embroider your child’s name in a variety of colors and fonts!

 

 

 

 

Would you rather not have your child’s name on their backpack? No problem!

What about initials?

 

 

 

 

 

Or how about we find a picture that represents them and embroider that on their backpack? Does your child love puppies or wolves or elephants? Check out this album to see what pictures you can choose from!

 

We can embroider most places on the backpack! Look at this cute lizard on the strap!

 

 

 

Are you saying to yourself, My child already has their backpack but what they could really use is a bag for their gear! We can help you with that. We even have some in stock, pictured below! 

Gear Bag with Embroidery

 

What if your child is on a team where they all get the same bag? Why not have each bag embroidered with their name or number so they don’t get mixed up!

 

 

Let’s See, what else! Oh yes! 

 

Does your child have a food allergy and need to carry an epi-pen? We would be happy to help with that!

 

 

 

 

We have over 180 color choices on hand so you are sure to find the perfect one! Come check out our standard fonts and thread colors!

****Pro Tip: If you don’t live near us and would like us to make a patch for your bag, let us know!****

Want to hear the best part? There are two ways to order! We have both backpacks and gear bags in stock that we can embroider on OR we can embroider a bag you provide! The possibilities are endless!

 

Here’s what we have in stock today! Call, text, or email us for more information!

Mike and Wendy

In Stitches Embroidery

 

Behind the Scenes: Embroidery Machines

Hello In Stitches Family! Have you ever just stopped and thought, what would someone else want to know about what I do? I mean, if you’re a fireman, I bet there are a lot of people who ask you what it is you really do. Maybe you’re a teacher and you explain what it is you do behind the scenes. What if you’re an embroidery and patch company, what would people want to know about what you do? So, in the coming weeks, we’re going to take you behind the scenes of what we do at In Stitches Embroidery!

Where to start…hmmm…why not with embroidery since that’s where it all began? 

We currently have 5 commercial embroidery machines. (This is just one of our machines!) That means that they are big and happy when they’re moving! It’s when we stop them that things go wrong! We average ONE MILLION STITCHES A MONTH! Isn’t that crazy? If you take the average sizeof one stitch, that’s 1.5 miles of stitches every month! But in October and November, which is our busiest time getting ready for Christmas, can you guess how many we average? I’ll give you a second.

TWO AND A HALF MILLION STITCHES!! We certainly are “in stitches” at that time of year! (Had to!)

**Pro Tip: If you would like to order your Christmas gifts BEFORE October or November, we wouldn’t complain!**

We’ve also named our machines. Don’t you name your inanimate objects? Well, we do. Their names are Toy 1, Toy 2, Hat Toy (bet you can’t guess what that one does), Genesis, and Deuce. We purchased all of these machines used because we believe in having zero debt in our business. The machines are made by Toyota and Melco and they are made to last! Our machines are run by computers. The computers let us know if the machine needs maintenance or it will even slow the stitch speed if there’s a problem with the tread or bobbin. 

Now to the fun part, what can we embroider on? The better question would be, what can’t we embroider on? Depending on the machine, we can do twelve to sixteen different colors so your embroidery designs can be colorful and amazing! 

Oh! That reminds me! Let’s take a second and talk about Mike. Mike has done a lot of training and he can digitize the design that you want to have embroidered. See, what normally happens is you would send an embroidery company your logo (for example) and they would send that file to another company that would get it ready for the embroidery machines to use. The pattern has to be made into something the machine can ‘read’. The code tells the machine where to go, how long to stitch and what colors to use.  When they send the file back, you get what you get. You can’t change the file at all to accommodate different fabrics. BUT, we have Mike. Mike can do all of that in house! What that means to you is we can make your design look amazing on any fabric! In the embroidery world, this is a big deal and we’re really proud of Mike working so hard to learn it!

Now back to what we can embroider. We can embroider Carhart jackets, foam gun cases, tennis shoes, soft-sided luggage, uniforms, hats, hat backs, polos, medium weight jackets, sweatshirts, wind shirts, t-shirts, Christmas stockings, towels, backpacks, and on and on and on! We have a ton of specialized hoops and systems so we can embroider just about anything! If you have something special you would like embroidered, just ask and we can probably figure something out!

 

There you have it! A behind the scenes look at our embroidery machines and what we can do! If you have something you’d like embroidered, let us know! We’re happy to help! Remember, our machines are happiest when they’re stitching so let’s keep them happy!

Have a great week!

Mike and Wendy 
In Stitches Embroidery

How to Help Your Child (and You) Wear a Mask!

Hello In Stitches family! As you’ve seen, it looks like masks are here to stay, at least for the time being. Whether your child is going back to school full time, part-time, or not at all, masks are going to be a part of their day. You’re not alone in asking the question, “How do I help them wear their mask, and more importantly, keep them on?” I’ve done the research for you! Here are the top 10 tips to help your child wear their mask! (And maybe you too!)

**Please note: It is not recommended that children under two wear masks. Other children are not able to wear masks for medical reasons. This is not medical advice. We are not doctors nor scientists. Please go to your child’s doctor for any medical questions.**

Tip #1 – Explain the science to them

You don’t have to have a degree in microbiology to teach your child about germs. There are a lot of age-appropriate books and videos out there, but the basics are this: Germs make you sick. We want to keep our germs to ourselves. We do that by washing our hands and wearing a mask when we’re around others. Make it fun and your kids will think it’s fun too!

Tip #2 – Be a good mask-wearing example

Let’s be honest here, no one likes to wear a mask. But if your child is going to be required to wear one at daycare or school, or even the store, they’re going to look to you as an example of how they should feel. Show them it’s not scary, they’re designed to protect us. Wear your mask in places where it’s required. Show them it’s ok!

**Bonus Tip: Play a game with your child. Put on your mask and see if they can tell if you’re smiling or frowning. Get your whole body into it! The giggles will follow!**

Tip #3 – Superheroes wear masks

Need we say more?

Tip #4 – Incorporate it into play

Does your young child have a favorite stuffed animal? Make them a little mask to wear. Does your older child enjoy video games? Have them wear a mask to play their favorite game! Maybe it’s time to have a tea party where everyone wears a mask! The possibilities are endless!

Tip #5 – Practice, practice, practice

If they can only wear a mask for 1 minute the first time, that’s ok. Tomorrow maybe they can do 2 minutes. And so on and so on. Get them used to their mask when they’re home, in a comfortable place. It’s like they say, practice makes things better!

Tip #6 – Troubleshoot

If your child HATES their mask, ask them why. Maybe it hurts their ears. There are these awesome things called ear savers that make it so the mask doesn’t pull on their ears.

Maybe it feels like they can’t breathe. Practice different breathing techniques with them.

Tip #7 – Have a “show off your mask” playdate

Get together with all your favorite people over Zoom or FaceTime and show each other what your masks look like. You could make a game of it! Whose mask is the funniest? Whose is the brightest? You get the idea!

Tip #8 – Keep trying

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. It’s going to take practice. A few months ago, most of us hadn’t ever even worn a mask! And it’s hard to get used to! Imagine how confusing this whole thing is to our children! Unfortunately, it’s the reality of the situation, so keep trying! You can do it! And so can your child!

Tip #9 – Get matching masks

Whether your child wants to match you, or their friends, matching masks are a great way to make mask-wearing fun!

**Pro Tip: We can help you with that!**

Tip #10 – Find a cute mask that your child loves!

Does your child have a favorite stuffed animal? How fun would it be to get the stuffed animal’s face on a mask? Does your child love animals? Why not make a mask with a wolf face? The possibilities are endless! With our moisture-wicking dye-sublimation printed masks, if you can dream it, we can do it! 

What is dye-sublimation? We take a digital image that comes from you or from our vast image library, print it on special paper with special dye ink, do our magic and you have your image embedded in the material. The colors are vivid, the material is completely washable, and the image is permanent! We carry adult and child sizes too!

Take a look at a few of our favorite designs.

Hopefully, some of these tips can help you and your children get used to wearing masks! And hopefully soon, they won’t have to! Stay healthy and safe my friends!

Mike and Wendy
In Stitches Embroidery

**If you’d like more information about our moisture-wicking dye-sublimation masks, both the printed and solid colors, or any of our other masks, give us a call!**