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The most popular question I receive from customers is "How do you determine what to charge for DTG printing?" Direct to garment printing is the cutting-edge of garment decoration and can easily justify a successful business with a single printer. DTG is fun, exciting, creative and just cool—but to run a successful business it’s all about the money. 

There are any numbers of printers on the market. As a production specialist and small business owner, my top...

DTG
Whether you’re at the beginning stages of launching a startup embroidery business, or debating on buying a second machine, it’s always a good idea to brush up on your definitions and the key differences between consumer and commercial embroidery machines.
 
In essence, a commercial embroidery machine is designed for heavy, continuous operation and can be used on a three-shift production schedule. They are sometimes...
Embroidery

Cleaning Epson SC-F2000

Here are the particulars of the new Firmware Update from Epson for the SureColor F2000.
 
The purpose of the CL003G6 firmware update is so Epson SureColor F2000 customer can make more informed decisions about the environment (temp) they operate in and how they start-up their printer(s) to begin printing.
The firmware update (applied with LFP...

Ever wondered the most efficient way to market and sell your DTG services?

The incessant demand for custom printed t-shirts has revolutionized the garment decoration industry in the United States due to significant improvements in technology, specifically related to DTG as seen in the Epson SureColor F2000.

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As your sales continue to grow, you approach a point where you reach capacity on your existing embroidery equipment. You now realize that you need more capacity to handle the volume and maintain quick turn times on your customer’s orders. It may be the right time to commit resources to adding one or more heads to your embroidery operation.

Let’s explore several points we should consider at this juncture:

1) Are we at embroidery machine capacity? 

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“Screen printing is a dinosaur.” I heard that in 2007 when I bought my first DTG printer from the production manager of one of the largest screen print outfits in the country. 

There have been some amazing advancements in recent years in screen printing but my friend was right, screen printing has its limitations in the modern garment decoration world.

Now I’m not saying screen printing is dead, because it’s not. High volume, speed, quality,...

You simply love having the ability to take simple threads and weave them into something useful, beautiful, or meaningful. Now, how can you take your passion and skill for embroidery and make money with it? Whether you are just starting an embroidery business or you have a rather successful business in place, increasing your sales needs to be a marked effort, something you put time into achieving. Even in related...

Thread tension is one of the critical elements of any automated embroidery process. Melco’s Acti-Feed™ system delivers thread from the spool to the garment with precise control, stitch after stitch, even at the highest operating speeds. Thread tension and delivery are calculated for each stitch and set by three individual parameters per needle. This precise control means faster speeds, a softer...

Embroidery

Baseball hat embroidery presents unique challenges to many embroiderers. No two cap brands or styles are the same. The panels are all cut differently and the front panels are backed and constructed differently. This means that it is very difficult to make a cap framing system that fits every possible cap product with exactly the same result. For this challenge, we need to expand two skill sets, a) digitizing and b) machine operation.

Digitizing Tips for Cap Embroidery

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You do not need a massive marketing budget to spread the word about your garment printing business. Building industry relationships, a website, basic knowledge of online marketing, and creative prospecting can take your business to new heights.

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