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Are You Choosing the Right Polo Shirt for Your Logo?

A polo shirt with your company logo embroidered on the front can be a great promotional tool, whether you use it as a company shirt or as a prize in a giveaway. However, before you can get excited about how you are going to use the end product, you have to choose the polo that your logo will be embroidered on.

To choose the right polo for your Las Vegas embroidery job, there are a number of things that you need to consider. How are you going to use the shirt? Who is going to be wearing the shirt? Where is the shirt most likely going to be worn?

The answers to these questions are going to be a big factor in the type of polo you choose. In addition to those questions, use these simple steps ensure you are really making the right choice.

Choose the Fabric

First, you want to choose what type of fabric your shirt will be made of. You can choose a shirt that is made 100 percent of a particular fiber or you can choose a blend of multiple fibers. Think about the characteristics of the following fibers when considering the fabric of your polo:

  • Cotton – creates soft, breathable and quality fabrics that tend to shrink
  • Polyester – creates fabrics known for ability to keep the body dry while lasting after many washes
  • Blends – creates fabrics that tend to be wrinkle-free and are less likely to shrink

When choosing the fabric, you also want to make sure you consider your needs as far as performance is concerned. If your shirt is something that company employees are going to wear often during outdoor events, you may want to consider a fabric that is known for its ability to to keep people cool, dry and smelling fresh with anti-odor technology.

Choose Your Color

Once you have settled on a type of fabric, you want to choose a color that is going to make your logo stand out while also supporting your business’s brand. You can choose a polo that is entirely one color or has color blocking.

Next you have to decide the color of the thread that is going to be used to embroider your logo onto the colored shirts you just chose. As a general rule, stick to thread colors that are as close to the color of your logo as possible. Of course, you want to make sure that you are flexible when you are working with an embroidery in Las Vegas expert. A thread may look one way on the spool, but it may look entirely different once it is embroidered into certain fabrics.

Once you’ve settled on the best polo shirt for your company logo, get the job done with the best embroidery Las Vegas offers. Contact the embroidery professionals at American Stitch to make sure you are getting the best quality service at an affordable price. For more information about this embroidery store Las Vegas trusts, call  702.233.8567.

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Behind the Scenes with Thread Making

We rarely think about it, but thread is really important. Threads of all kinds literally hold our world together. Learn step-by-step how these little guys are made from the embroidery store Las Vegas residents love.

Step 1: Bales  – First, cotton or polyester arrives in huge bales (yes, like hay). The bales are opened and the fibers are pressed into sheets that are called laps. If the thread is to be made of cotton, then it has to be cleaned to get rid of dirt and seeds.

Step 2: Carding – This is where the fibers are separated, straightened and cleaned. After that bit of processing, the fibers are combined into long fluffy ropes called slivers. These fat threads are  coiled in preparation for threading.

Step 3: Drawing & Roving – Next, eight or so slivers are combined to make one giant sliver. This blending is done to make sure the fibers are uniform when it comes time to actually make the threads. After blending, the big sliver is separated into smaller ones that are smaller than the original slivers. The fibers are twisted a little too so that they can be stronger. These are called rovings.

Step 4: Ring Spinning – The rovings are spun and twisted into yarn and wound around a ring tube. By this step, the fibers are about the thickness of the desired finished thread product. If a stronger thread is being made, it will be spun one more time around another material like polyester.

Step 5: Clearing & Splicing – Here, the ring tubed threads are checked for defaults. Threads that are too short are spliced together. Threads that are too damaged are cleared from the production line.

Step 6: Twisting – A left turn twist is applied to make the threads stronger and more flexible. Then the threads are wrapped around a big tube that looks a lot like a hair roller. These are called dye packages.

Step 7: Add Color – While all this is going on, a computer mixes the dye that will give the threads the color specified by a particular recipe. Then the dye and the threads head to the dye room to be processed. The dye packages are put into huge pressurized vats that help every strand get saturated with dye.

Step 8: Drying – The colored dye packages are put onto a pulley system that moves them through a steamer to dry.

Step 9: Singeing – The dye packages are sent from the dye plant to the finishing plant where the threads are heated up to get rid of fly-away fibers.

Step 10: Lubrication – Depending on how the thread will be used, a lubricant will be added to make it easier to for the thread to slide. Then it’ll try for about eight hours.

Step 11: Spooling & Ticketing – The dried threads are wrapped around the spools that you see when your buy thread in the store. Then the spools are inspected by an operator while a machine flips all the spools the right way and gives them a sticker.

Step 12: Boxing – The same ticketing machine packages the completed spools into boxes that it built. The machine even closes and labels the boxes.

Step 13: Check, Check, Check! – The threads are checked for color and strength quality through nearly every step of this process.

If some kind of specialty thread is needed, like the thread this embroidery store Las Vegas will use to create you a custom item, then these steps do become more complicated. To learn more about this embroidery store in Las Vegas, contact American Stitch at 702.233.8567.

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DIY Embroidered & Embellished Shorts

We are in Las Vegas, and the summer is grueling. Wearing anything other than shorts and tank tops will make you suffer in the heat. The problem for many women is running out of shorts. It can be a pain to be constantly washing the few pairs you have. So why not make new ones? It can get expensive having to buy new shorts. It’s fairly simple to create your own. You can even design them in all kinds of unique ways.

First things first, grab a pair of jeans. Measure what length you want the shorts to be, then cut the jeans. It is so simple. It really takes no special talent at all to create cut off shorts. If you are going to a music festival or some other fun event, you may want to spruce up your shorts with a cool design.

High-waisted shorts are the new trend. You may not own high-waisted jeans. Not a problem. Simple go to your local thrift store, and buy a pair of mom jeans. This will be easy on your wallet. You don’t have to feel guilty about cutting up a pair of $5 jeans.

The biggest trend in shorts this summer is white, lace embroidery. This isn’t a simple design. You may want to seek professional help at American Stitch for any embroidery designs you desire.

There are other simpler DIY for your high-waisted shorts. For Fourth of July, you can spray paint your shorts to look like the American flag. This is fairly simple. Buy red and blue spray paint. Place star stickers on one half of the shorts and lines of tape on the other half. On the star side, spray blue paint. On the stripe side, spray red paint. Remove the stickers and tape. Now your shorts are an American flag. See? It’s that simple. You can do a similar process for other designs, such as hearts or polka dots.

Studs can be a super cute addition to any fun, summer outfit. These are very easy to put on. All you need is a pack full of studs and a hot glue gun. You can create the design any way you want it.

The most fun design you can do to your shorts is tie-dye. You just follow the same process you would for a T-shirt and you can be rocking fun, colorful shorts.

Embroidery offers the largest variety of creative. You can get virtually anything embroidered to your clothing. Of course, this may not be something you do yourself. You can create the design you want. American Stitch will produce the exact design that you want featured on your clothing at an affordable price. You already saved money by shopping at a thrift store. Why not spend a few extra pennies to get a unique design? 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.