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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Starting an Apparel Decorating Business
If you own a screen printing business, or have any interest in embroidery or selling printed t-shirts, then you need to know Melco. Based in the U.S., Melco is known for its high-speed commercial embroidery machines and digitizing software. However, with increasing demand for direct to garment printers and vinyl print/cut machines, it just made sense to expand the product offering to include the SureColor F2100 from Epson, and a selection of vinyl print/cut machines from Roland.
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.
Lots of activity at Melco in September! In case you missed it:
At NBM Denver, we launched the new embroidery clamping system, Melco Fast Clamp PRO. This system is available for pre-order now, shipping in early October.
We now carry Roland Print/Cut and Vinyl Cutting Systems. Check them out here: http://www.shopmelco.com/category_s/205.htm
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.
It’s easy to assume the same rules that apply to screen or litho printing also apply to direct to garment printing. However, there are some important differences with a digital workflow. Here are some tips on how to create the best artwork and optimize it for DTG printing.
When saving art for direct to garment printing always assume you will need a transparent background. To print on dark garments with white ink, your image must have a transparent background.
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.
I’m sure this question has crossed the minds of every embroiderer - from start-up entrepreneur to seasoned professional. The temptation to save a significant amount of money on what is more than likely your largest expense (equipment) definitely warrants research.