Let’s Talk About What We Can’t Do

Hello again In Stitches family! I feel like now we’re friends. Don’t you feel that way? We’ve introduced ourselves, we’ve shown you what we can do here, here, and here, and we’ve shared some of our in house stock! But today, today we’re going to talk about something we can’t do. Well, we can do it but we don’t like to. It’s messy and it doesn’t look right. Just hang on and you’ll see what I mean.

Here’s a question we get asked all the time!

I have this really great shirt, but it has my old job’s logo. Can you take that off and put my new logo on?

Or

Can you remove this name and put a new one on?

The answer is yes, we can but we don’t really want to because you won’t get the outstanding quality that we pride ourselves on. Let me show you what I mean.

Here is an example that we sewed up to show you. Notice that I said sew. To sew something, a needle needs to go through the fabric. Plus in the embroidery process, there are sometimes small stitches under the stitches you can see. That’s a lot of holes! Now back to the example.

Now to take this off, we need to cut each line and take out that thread.

This one is a moisture wicking shirt but you can obviously see the holes left over from the removal of N and A.

 

This is a look at the backing we use when we embroider. You can see all the holes in the letters.

 

And another look at just how many holes there would be in the shirt.

 

This is a pique knit shirt. The holes aren’t as noticeable but believe me, they’re still there!

 

I can just hear you now! Can you do nothing to help me if I want to get the embroidery taken off my shirt? And the answer is, yes we can, but with a catch. We can cover the embroidery with a patch but it doesn’t always work. Let’s take a look at some examples that Best Gen were gracious enough to let us share.


As you can see, we put a patch over a bit of embroidery on this moisture wicking shirt. I think you’ll agree with me that it works, but it doesn’t look great. Definitely not up to our normal standard for sure! So, still not our favorite solution but definitely a solution.

And finally, we have found that the patch solution works much better on heavier fabric like a jacket or coat like this one.

 

So when asked if we can remove embroidery from an item, the answer is yes, but we would recommend not doing it because no matter what we do, it just isn’t up to our normal standards! That being said, we will give it a try and charge by the hour which may actually wind up costing more than just getting a new shirt with embroidery.

Thank you, friends, for understanding about removing embroidery. We’d love to talk to you about any embroidery you’d like removed, but now we know that it might not work out as well as we all hope!

But on a happier note! If you need any embroidery done, please give us a call, text or email! We’d love to talk to you about it! And if you missed it, learn a little more about how we embroider here!

Have a great week,
Mike and Wendy
In Stitches Embroidery

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Meet the Makers

Hello In Stitches Family! It’s great to have you back this week! We’ve been doing a lot of behind the scenes blogs lately and then we realized that you might not know who we are! So today we’re going to meet the makers of your favorite t-shirt! (or backpack or jacket or you get the idea).

Hi! We’re the Rossman family and we own and operate In Stitches Embroidery and Patch! We’ve been married 32 years this year! We met in high school, in business math to be exact. Twenty-two years ago we welcomed our son, Wayne, into the family and he now works with us! We are a family of animal lovers! Right now we have seven chickens, two dogs, two cats, two horses, and one rabbit! We were a military family for twenty-one years with Mike serving in the Air Force in scheduling and flight records management. The wonderful thing about military life is meeting so many different people.  We feel this has really helped us to serve our customers better.

We opened In Stitches Embroidery on July 1, 2011, with the philosophy that we treat people the way we want to be treated.  We also decided that we were going to be a debt free business.. In order to do that we have slowly purchased machines as we’ve been able to afford them. We currently have five embroidery machines, screen press, dye sublimation printer, vinyl cutter, laser and most recently a digital printer.  This philosophy has served us well this year with COVID-19. 

Introducing Mike! He’s our resident computer expert! He digitizes all our embroidery designs and utilizes his graphic arts degree in creating other artwork for our clients. Creating is definitely his favorite thing about the business! When he’s not working, this time of year he loves to hunt and fly R/C planes. You’ll most often find him layered up with a button-up Carhartt Twill Shirt. He’s a perfectionist who loves the Black Hills of South Dakota!

Let’s find out a bit more about Wendy! On these cool fall mornings, she loves to layer up with anything microfleece. Even after all these years, Wendy still loves watching the embroidery machine sew out a design. She’s been to twenty states but she always comes back to South Dakota because of the people! Her very first pet was a white horse named Stardust and she’s had horses ever since! She loves to garden and take care of her animals! Wendy is a former accountant and numbers gal.  

And here is Wayne! Wayne has been a part of In Stitches since it started! He loves to use the embroidery machine but he’s very careful to not get stuck by the needles, which there are quite a few of! His favorite thing to make with the embroidery machine is patches! During the fall, he thinks hoodies and Halloween are the best! He also thinks the views in South Dakota are better than anywhere else! He got thrust into adulthood when he broke his leg at a job site when he was working as an electrician! That’s a hard way to find that out!

Now you know a little bit more about us at In Stitches Embroidery! We love owning a small business and helping our customers and community! 

If you have any embroidery, screen printing, or many other apparel decorating needs, give a call, text, or email!

See you next week!
Mike and Wendy
In Stitches Embroidery

 

 

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Behind the Scenes: Screen Printing Part 2

Hello In Stitches Family! You may be asking yourself, “What else could I possibly need to learn about screen printing that I don’t already know?” (Especially if you read last week’s blog!)  How about if I told you we could save you money with your screen printing orders? “What?!? How?” you may be asking. Let … Read more

Behind the Scenes: Screen Printing Part 1

Hello again In Stitches family! It’s time to take a step behind the curtain once again and learn about … Screen Printing! We have the ins and outs to satisfy your curiosity!

So, your first question is more than likely, What is Screen Printing? Technically speaking, screen printing is the process of transferring a stenciled design onto a surface using a mesh screen, ink, and a squeegee. Got that? In layman’s terms, screen printing is how you get those amazing t-shirts that say funny things like, “Sorry I’m late, I didn’t want to come.” (Am I the only one that both finds that funny and feels like it’s really true? I am? Alright, back to the process.)

Screen printing works best on flat fabric without a lot of texture so we mostly do t-shirts and sweatshirts, though we do have a little bit of wiggle room with different ink formulas to get the best image and durability.

We can print images that have up to six colors in them. We’ve found that this is our sweet spot where amazing color meets best image quality!

Let’s take a look at the screen printing process step by step, shall we?

STEP ONE – Choosing the design to be printed

You either send us a design or image OR you can choose one from our library.

STEP TWO – Letting the computer do its thing

We have special software that will take the design and “rip” it into different color layers. You see, each color will need one screen meaning a three-color design will be “ripped” into three different pictures for the screens. These images are then printed on transparencies.

STEP THREE – Burning the Screen

We have a special chemical we put on the screens that reacts when exposed to light. We put the transparency on the outside of the screen and expose it to light using a special exposure unit.

STEP FOUR – Washing

We then wash the screens. Only the part that was black on the transparency washes away, leaving a negative of the picture. Then we let the screens dry.

STEP FIVE – Setting up the machine

After the screens have dried, we set up the machine. That means we put the screens in the proper order on the machine. We then get the right ink with the right screen. Ready for…

STEP SIX – Pressing the job

As you can see, Mike is pressing the job. He takes a t-shirt, puts it on the machine, lowers the screen, applies the ink, and uses a special squeegee to work the ink through the screen and onto the t-shirt. Then he rotates to the next screen and presses the next color. And so on and so on.

STEP SEVEN – Curing the ink

We have a special conveyor dryer that takes care of curing the ink for us. The ink needs to be cured at the correct temperature for it to last.

And there you have it! A behind the scenes look at HOW we screen print. Next week we’ll look at a few other exciting aspects of screen printing so definitely check back for that!

Did you miss our first in the Behind the Scenes series? Go here to learn all about embroidery!

If you need something screen printed, why not give us a call, text, or email? We’re happy to talk with you about what we can do for you!

See you next week!
Mike and Wendy
In Stitches Embroidery