As a screen printing or other apparel decoration business owner, it is very likely that at some point, you’ve had a customer request that you could not fulfill in-house. Maybe it was somebody looking for embroidered hats, or a little league coach requesting a small print order of 2 dozen dry-fit jerseys for his team. Chances are, you had to either refer that business to someone else, or outsource it, taking a big chunk out of any potential profit for the sale.
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If appliqué or sportswear are part of your business now, or could be in the future, then this article is for you! Traditional appliqué techniques using tackle twill or other material is a classic, time-honored approach. HOWEVER, with Melco technology, you can grow beyond traditional applications, and add printed graphics to your appliqué designs. See this technology in action at the Boston Showcase June 21–22.
When you choose Melco as your equipment source, you have access to machines that will produce nearly every type of personalization possible, from embroidery to DTG printing, vinyl cutting to heat transfer. Demand for one-off and short run orders is increasing, and with Melco as your partner, you have the equipment and support you need to meet that demand.
Still on the fence about financing? Abate some of your apprehension by reading five key ways financing can make a positive difference in your small business.
Are you wondering how to sell t-shirts online? Having a thriving online Direct To Garment (DTG) business is now more viable than ever with new advancements in the technology. New high end printers, purpose built for garment printing are more affordable and easier to operate and maintain, which means less downtime and more reliable production. Equipment reliability is essential to success in DTG to deliver product affordably, quickly, and on time is critical to selling products online.
As most apparel decorators know, owning and operating an embroidery or apparel printing business doesn’t necessarily make you a business financing expert. But guess what? Lenders don’t expect you to know everything. A good lender knows that while you’re the business expert, they’re the financing experts, and it’s their responsibility to find the best financing solution for your small business.
Money is an emotional subject. It affects how we live and work and how we make many of our decisions in life and business.
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.
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?
“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.