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Avoiding Common Embroidery Mistakes

It’s true, everyone makes mistakes. However, there are three common embroidery mistakes you can avoid to save yourself time and prevent unnecessary headache.

3 Embroidery Mistakes to Avoid

#1 | Skipping the instructions.

The instructions of most embroidery projects give you information key to the success of the project. If you skip them, you’ll likely end up using the wrong type of thread, needle, or even fabric.

By far, this is the simplest embroidery mistake to avoid. Simply read the instructions and you are already off to a great start.

#2 | Using the wrong thread.

Many people make the mistake of buying craft thread instead of embroidery thread. While they may look very similar to the naked eye, they’re definitely not. Craft thread is a lower quality thread that, when used in embroidery projects, tends to lead to fraying and fuzzies. This type of thread is also rarely colorfast so washing causes the color to bleed into the fabric.

This mistake can be easily avoided by making sure you read the label before you purchase.

#3 | Marking the fabric incorrectly.

Another common embroidery mistake to avoid involves using a pen, a pencil, or a heat transfer pencil to mark your design on the fabric. Any writing utensil designed for paper is likely to bleed or not wash out completely when used on fabric. Heat transfer pencils are permanent and should only be used with iron-on designs.

For the best results, make sure to only use a water-soluble fabric marking pen, pencil, or chalk pencil.

You also have the option to take your design idea and get it professionally embroidered. Contact the custom embroidery specialists in Las Vegas at 702.233.8567 today.

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A Pocket Guide to Embroidery Threads

Embroidery is a craft that has been around for literally thousands of years. It is a sewing craft that is done to decorate fabric with intricate stitching by hand or by machine.

If you were thinking about getting a favorite shirt spruced up with custom embroidery in Las Vegas, you should know about the different types of embroidery threads you can choose from.

Embroidery Floss

This type of embroidery thread is made up of six individual strands of thread that are intertwined tightly. The result is strong and usually shiny. The most common type of embroidery floss is cotton. However, for a design that is more fancy, you can choose embroidery floss that is made of silk or rayon. This type of thread is usually used for projects that involve cross-stitches. If necessary, the floss can be divided into its individual strands.

If you are looking for a design where the end result isn’t shiny, then you want to choose matte embroidery floss. Instead of the six strands that make up traditional embroidery floss, matte embroidery floss is made up of only five strands of thread. Also, because it is not shiny, it has been aptly called embroidery cotton in many circles.

Perle Cotton

This is a type of thread that cannot be separated into individual strands like embroidery floss. Because of its high sheen, it can also be addressed as pearl cotton. You can choose this thread based on color and weight. The weight of the thread refers to the thickness of the thread. You can choose a pearl thread with the weight 3, 5, 8, 12 and 16, with 16 being the lightest of them all.

Yarn

There are three primary types of yarn that can be chosen. Yarns are made of natural or synthetic wool so they are thick and used to embroider heavier fabrics like fleece.

Crewel yarn is the first and is made of two threads that are intertwined. Persian yarn is made of three strands of thread that are intertwined loosely. This is the kind of yarn that is most often used in needlepoint projects.

Machine Embroidery Thread

This is probably the type of thread you will end up choosing from when you take anything into an embroidery store in Las Vegas. It is usually made of synthetic material like rayon or polyester. You can choose from an almost infinite amount of colors. There are even metallic options available to give your custom embroidery a special touch.

Once you know what kind of thread you might want, it’s time to head in for the best custom embroidery offered in this city. The pros at American Stitch can help you choose the type of embroidery thread for your project at an affordable price.. For more information about this embroidery store, call  702.233.8567.

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Embroidery Vs. Screen Printing

Whether you are creating a company shirt, a promotional item or you just want to add a unique image to a shirt, you can head to to the embroidery store Las Vegas trusts to get the job done right. Before you do that, however, there are some things you need to consider.

Probably the most important thing to think about is whether you will choose embroidery or screen printing. To help you make the right decision, here is a brief explanation about both of your options from the experts in screen printing and custom embroidery Las Vegas businesses love.

Embroidery

There are many benefits of choosing to have your products embroidered. First, embroidery lasts much longer than screen printing. It also takes less time to have an item embroidered because the image is digitized for fast turnaround service.

You also get many more options for the colors and dimensions of your image. You can chose from an array of different threads including luxurious golds and silvers that add a higher quality to the item you are having embroidered.

Embroidery is a good choice if you want to place your logo or image onto materials or surfaces that need a more durable image. You can use embroidery on baseball caps, thicker shirt pockets and uniforms that get washed a lot. Embroidery is even good to imprint images on rough, thick or fuzzy materials like fleece.

Just remember that embroidery is more expensive than screen printing. That is because the cost is dependent on the number of stitches used to create the image. So, larger or more complex images will cost more to create. Unless you have a large budget, embroidery is better for use on a small amount of items. If you’re unsure where you stand, visit this trusted embroidery store Las Vegas offers to get a quote.

Screen Printing

There are also many benefits to screen printing or silk screening. Generally, it is less expensive to have items screen printed, especially if you are wanting to have a large amount of items printed.

Screen printing is a wise choice if you are wanting to print an image onto fabrics like cotton, polyester, plastic, leather, glass and even metal. Because of that, you have many more options as far as what you can print your image or logo on. Screen printing is also a better, more cost effective choice if you need a larger image to be printed.

Unlike with embroidery, the cost of the screen printing is determined by how many colors you want to use in the image. So it will be less expensive to have an image with one color printed then it will be to have an image that is printed with three or four colors.

Now that you know the difference between the two main types of custom printing options available to you, head down to the best embroidery store in Las Vegas. The pros at American Stitch can help you choose the type of imprinting that will suit your needs best. For more information about this embroidery store, call  702.233.8567.

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Fashion Tips For Men

Alright guys, it’s time to get a lesson in Fashion 101. Too many guys out there are walking around with their boxers hanging out or wearing brown shoes with black pants. This changes today. Check out these fashion tips so you can walk around more confident and be able to pick up more girls.

No one wants to see your underwear

It’s called underwear for a reason: it’s supposed to go under your clothes. The white tees you wear underneath your button up are also considered underwear. Many men don’t realize that their white undershirt is actually underwear, so they don’t care when people can see it. Seriously guys, it’s as simple as buttoning your shirt all the way. Showing your undershirt to the world just isn’t classy. If you don’t want to button your top all the way then wear a V neck undershirt.

There is one exception. If you are wearing a T shirt, then it can be exposed while wearing a button up. It’s important that you guys are aware of the difference between T shirts and undershirts. T shirts typically have a design on the front, while undershirts are usually plain white tees.

Roll up your sleeves

Nowadays more men’s clothing companies are designing shirts with a different shade of color or fabric on the inside. You’re probably thinking, “That’s so cool, I want to show it off somehow.” Well, by following these tips, you can. Roll up your sleeves to show off the interior. Now there is a specific way to roll up the sleeves to prevent them from falling down. Roll up the cuff so the exterior is on the inside. The top of the interior of the cuff will be showing. This way won’t fall down like the traditional way to roll up sleeves. Wearing various colors seems to be the new trend in men’s fashion.

It’s the little things that count

Every detail matters when you are putting on an outfit. Even the style of your eyeglasses matters. You can make or break an outfit based on a variety of factors. Are you wearing a belt? If so, does it look good with the outfit?

Another thing that has recently become huge in men’s fashion is socks. Yes, even socks matter. Wearing cool patterns and fun colors on your socks can really tie the entire outfit together. Let’s say you are wearing sneakers with a funky purple design on the side. Throw on some purple polka dot socks and your outfit just improved dramatically.

Now that you guys know a few basic style tips, it’s time to spruce up your current wardrobe. Take your boring black polo and have an embroidery shop in Las Vegas make it unique. American Stitch has many designs to choose from to enhance your wardrobe. You don’t want to look like every other guy walking down the street in a plain tee, so have a custom embroidery shop make you stand out. For more information about available embroidery services, contact 702.233.8567.

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Las Vegas Professional Attire Embroidery Tips

After sending out countless resumes and making numerous phone calls, you finally got asked to come in for an interview. At this point, it doesn’t matter how amazing your resume looks, it’s all how you present yourself now. Here is what not to wear to a job interview.

Messy hair

No matter the weather, rain or shine, you have to brush your hair. If it’s an exceptionally humid day, avoid going outside until you have to go to your interview. It’s not that your hair has to look perfect, but it should look neat and clean. Ladies should keep their hair either tied neatly back or straight down. Keep a simple yet sophisticated look. Guys should keep it short and clean.

Too much color

A pop of color is great for any situation, but the key word here is pop. Wearing a bright pink dress with bright pink shoes is too much for an interview. A black dress with shoes that are a subtle shade of pink would be good. Though it’s great to express your personality, you still have to maintain a professional look.

Hats

You shouldn’t wear any type of hat to a job interview. Whether a baseball cap or fedora, hats aren’t okay to wear. Even if it’s a casual work environment, save your hats for the weekend.

Open-toed shoes

Even during flip-flop season, it’s unprofessional to show your toes. Flats or pumps are more formal. If you do choose to wear pumps, keep the size of the heel in mind. Too high of a heel could look like you’re going out to the club. Don’t exceed three inches to maintain a professional look.

Sleeveless tops

In Las Vegas, it seems unbearable to wear tops with sleeves in the summer.  Just keep the blazer or jacket in your car and put it on right before you go inside. You don’t want to be sweaty when you walk into the interview.

Denim

Unless you are interviewing for Levi’s, keep your jeans at home. Guys should wear either black or khaki dress pants, and girls should wear either a pant suit or nice skirt.

Short skirts or dresses

Wearing a skirt or dress will look best, if it’s the appropriate length. Skirts and dresses should be at least knee length or longer. If you are unsure if a skirt is appropriate, just play it safe and choose a different one for the interview.

Wrinkled clothing

Clothes that aren’t properly ironed or steamed will cause the interviewer to see you as lazy. It’s time to pull out the iron you have hiding in the back of you laundry room. If you don’t know how to properly iron clothes, use a steamer. It’s much easier and provides the same results.

Clothes that don’t fit

There is nothing worse than seeing a guy wearing pants too short or a lady that can’t properly button her shirt. Even if it feels like it fits, take a look in the mirror. If the outfit is at all questionable, change. Your dream job is not worth losing over a shirt. Now that you know what not to wear, it’s time to spice up your wardrobe. A Las Vegas embroidery shop can make your outfit unique and stylish. American Stitch has an endless amount of designs to choose from. For more information about the embroidery services available here, contact 702.233.8567.

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Fun Clothing Facts: What You Didn’t Know About Clothes

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We all have to wear clothes every day. We know where to buy our clothes and how to maintain them, but there are so many bizarre facts about clothes most of us don’t know.

1. In Iceland, there is a mythical legend that claims you will be eaten by a giant cat if you don’t get new clothes on Christmas Eve. So I hope this Christmas, everyone asks for new clothes in their stocking.

2. We all probably know that Michael Jordan’s father murdered someone. What most don’t know is that the man that he murdered was actually wearing a Michael Jordan shirt.

3. Inspired by the classic Wizard of Oz, someone invented a pair of shoes with GPS installed, which becomes activated when the heels are clicked three times.

4. Back in the day, women would wear extremely wide dresses. They were apparently so wide that often times women would get stuck in doorways.

5. Many women wish to have long gorgeous trains on their wedding dress. The longest recorded train is 1. 8 miles long! That would take a lot of people to walk it down the aisle.

6. Initially, the color white was worn only at funerals, however, this changed when Queen Victoria decided to wear white on her wedding day.

7. Jeans get their name from sailors in Genoa, Italy because they were known for wearing the material.

8. The first pair of Levi Jeans was sold in the 1850s and cost about $5 worth of gold dust.

9. The first platform shoes were called show pins. They were significantly higher than today’s high heels.

10. The Russian military didn’t start wearing socks until 2007. Up until then, they would simply wrap cloth around their feet to keep them protected.

11. Napoleon and his army all had brass buttons sewn on their sleeves because he didn’t want his soldiers wiping their noses on their sleeves.

12. Do you know anyone that collects ties? If so, their official name is a grabatologist.

13. We all know about the bidding shows that auction off unclaimed baggage from airports. Well, in Scottsboro, Alabama, there is a store that only sells unclaimed baggage.

14. You may think your grandmother has some crazy, unique brooches, but nothing your grandmother owns compares to what they wore in the 1800s, live chameleons!

15. People living in Manhattan usually appear more stylish than the rest of society. So it’s comes as no surprise to hear that on average every person spends about $350 a month on clothes. Compare this to people in Arizona who only spend about $131 a month.

16. Have you ever wondered how astronauts wash their clothes? Well, they don’t. They simply throw their dirty underwear outside the spaceship and it incinerates upon contact with the atmosphere.

17. Mike, also known as The Situation, from Jersey Shore was often seen in clothing from Abercrombie & Fitch. The company felt that he was giving them a bad name so offered to pay him to stop wearing their clothes.

18. Nowadays, we see logos on nearly everyone’s clothing. The first logo to appear on a shirt was the Lacoste logo in 1933.

19. Clothing in the Victorian times was so outrageous. Men’s collars were actually so tight that many men died from wearing them.

20. During this time, many women also died as well from their outfits. Because their dresses fit so tight, women would typically shower prior to putting on the dress, which caused many cases of pneumonia.

21. Also during this time, corsets were so tight around a woman’s body that it served as an appetite suppressant.

22. Women all over the nation are addicted to buying clothes. In an average woman’s lifetime, she will spend over $125,000 on clothes.

23. Have you every noticed the buttons on your shirt? Well, buttons differ in men and women’s clothing. The buttons are sewn on the right of women’s clothing and on the left of men’s.

24. According to Arab culture, shoes are extremely offensive. They find shoes dirty so people are offended to see the soles of other people’s shoes. In fact, throwing a shoe at another person would be one of the biggest insults.

25. Have you ever looked at your zipper before? It’s likely that it has a YKK on it. The YKK stands for Yoshido Kogyo Kabuskiki Kaisha, which is a Japanese company that makes nearly every zipper in the world.

So, now you know a little more about clothing. To spice up your wardrobe, American Stitch can customize it with embroidery. For more information about embroidery in Las Vegas, contact 702.233.8567.

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DIY Screen Printing

If you want to try and do screen printing on your own, there are a few things you need to know.

The artwork you want on your T-shirt needs to be prepared properly. If you creating the artwork yourself, you need to be sure that it is the current size. If the artwork is getting printed from an image on the computer or a camera, it is imperative that the resolution is correct. A low resolution jpeg will result in poor quality screen printing. A minimum of 300 ppi at print size is best for screen printing.

You will want to double and triple check that everything is spelled correctly. Once it is printed on your shirt, it’s there for good. You don’t want to waste your time or money doing it again because of a simple mistake.

Once you are in the process of the actual screen printing, there are many problems you could possibly encounter. One problem could be the emulsion not going onto the screen smoothly. If the mesh loosened or the tension was not even, the emulsion will not go on properly. This will likely happen if you are using older frames. You need to be sure that the emulsion you are using has not already expired. When you are not using it, keep it in the refrigerator and keep the container clean. This can ensure a longer shelf life.

You could also be experiencing the emulsion washing all over the screen. This could mean a variety of things. You may not have left your screen exposed for a long enough time. This may take practice to figure out the right amount of exposure time. If the emulsion was applied too thickly, this could need a longer exposure time. You need to check the lights you are using for exposure. If they are starting to lose their potency they won’t work properly for your screen printing.

Burning screens is a huge problem to have when screen printing. It can results in a variety of unpleasant mistakes that you certainly do not want your screen print to appear. If you burn the screen the most common issue is losing the fine detail of your artwork. This wouldn’t be good. Your beautiful mermaid you drew out could turn into a big blob without the finer detail shown.

It is important that when you are exposing your screen to the lights, it is done at the proper angle. The light source needs to be hitting the screen print straight on at a 90 degree angle. This will ensure that the entire piece of art is getting evenly distributed in light. If this is not the case, the picture is likely to turn of spotty.

Screen printing can be a challenge. Many people do not have the talent to create beautiful screen prints. Of course, there are always professionals that can do the work for you. American Stitch is one of the valued Las Vegas screen printing companies you can trust. For more information about pricing and services, contact 702.233.8567.

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DIY Embroidery: A How-To Guide

Everyone wants to be unique. Not just their personality but their appearance as well. The easiest way to express your uniqueness is by wearing custom embroidered clothing. You can design it yourself so no one else will have anything like it. You may be thinking to yourself, “I don’t know how to embroider.” Well, it’s not as hard as you may think. Embroidery make take some practice to make it perfect, but if you start making yourself enough custom shirts you are sure to get good at it.  Here are some tips for DIY embroidery.

First begin with choosing the shirt you are going to embroider. For beginnings start with something simple, like adding embroidery to a pocket. You are going to draw out in marker on the shirt what you want embroidered on it. For example, if you wanted to embroider a quote on your shirt, write out the quote in the font and size you want it to be.

There are many different types of embroidery stitches. Choosing out which one to use depends on how you want the design to look on your shirt.

The back stitch is the most basic embroidery stitch. This is used to produce a thin stitch. This looks best for outlines or letters. The blanket stitch is another basic stitch. It looks best when used as edging for an embroidery project.

The Bosnian stitch is slightly difficult. This is a zigzag stitch so it is extremely versatile and can be used in a variety of embroidery projects. The buttonhole stitch is commonly used for surface embroidery or edging. The cable stitch can be used on plain weave or even weave fabric. It can be grouped into rows and used as filling.

The chain stitch would be the most useful stitch to know how to do. There are a variety of different chain stitches. If you know how to do one of them, you’ll likely be able to do them all. The different varieties of chain stitching can allow you to do a multitude of embroidery.

The colonial knot is used most commonly in candlewick embroidery. This uses heavy threads on thick cotton.

The cross stitch is similar to the chain stitch in that it is extremely versatile. There are a variety of different cross stitching that can be used on a variety of fabrics and surfaces.

There are still many more types of stitching. These are just a few examples. If you feel as though you may not be talented enough to make your own embroidery, no problem. American Stitch is a Las Vegas shirt embroidery shop that offers many different services. The pros here are well trained in every type of stitch on every surface and fabric. If you aren’t capable of designing your own , this shop can help you design the unique embroidery that you want. For more information about services and pricing contact 702.233.8567.