How to: Order from EnMart

order-onlineIt occurred to me the other day that we put tools in place to make it easier for our customers to order and to take advantage of pricing levels and other incentives,  but what we think is easier might not appear the same way to those who are buying from us.   So,  I started looking at the site through the eyes of a customer,  and trying to figure out,  if I were new to the site,  what I could grasp easily and what might be harder to figure out.  Once I had my list,  I decided to put a blog post together,  to help those of you who buy from us get the most of your EnMart experience.

Wholesale Pricing:  Wholesale pricing is available to those businesses that have a tax i.d. number and who apply for a wholesale account.   If you do not apply and your account is not set up for wholesale pricing,  you will not see those prices nor receive them at checkout.  To apply for a business log-in,  you can click the “I Need A Business Log-in” button on the home page,  or click the “Wholesale” button in the top menu on any other page of the site.   You must submit your tax i.d. number to be considered for wholesale pricing.  Once your application is received,  it generally is approved quickly.   You will be notified by e-mail when your wholesale account is activated.   To see wholesale pricing,  make sure you log-in before you shop.

Pricing Levels: There are some products which only have one tier of pricing,  which is wholesale pricing.   Often this is because it is a product which wouldn’t interest the general public,  is one that can’t be seen by the general public,  or is a product that has an industry wide or manufacturer mandated price that we need to meet.  Things like thread,   backingblank patches and bobbins do have both public and wholesale pricing,  so having a wholesale log-in if you’re qualified for one is a good option.

Shipment Times: Our goal is always to ship every order as quickly as we can.  Most orders,  if they contain goods we can simply pull off a shelf will ship same day,  if placed before 2 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.  Things that need to be made,  like blank patches,  have longer lead times for shipping.  When there is a lead time,  it will be noted on the page for the item.   Order shipment speed may also be impacted by the volume of orders received.

Sales Tax: By law,  EnMart is required to charge sales tax in Michigan,  Illinois,  California,  Nevada,  Georgia and New Jersey.  When someone applies for a business log-in,  if they are in one of those states,  the approval e-mail will also contain an attached form,  which must be completed and submitted back to EnMart for an account to be made tax exempt.   If the form is not completed and on file,  we must charge sales tax.

If you ever have questions about anything pertaining to EnMart,  you can always feel free to contact us. We want your shopping experience with EnMart to be a good one,  so feel free to reach out if you need any assistance.

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How To: Vinyl and Rhinestones on a Cubbie

Please note:  The manufacturer of Cubbies does not recommend that Cubbies be used for anything except embroidery.   This was an experiment that an EnMart customer did that we wanted to share with you.

WeIMG_3897 have long maintained that Cubbies are about a lot more than just birth announcements and can be decorated in a variety of ways,  some of which don’t involve thread.  Today we’re going to prove that to you,  by featuring a Cream Dumble,  decorated by Brandi Womack of MommaWombatCreations.   This adorable little guy is decorated with both rhinestones and vinyl.  Best of all, Brandi provided us with some hints and tips on how you can create your own decorated Dumble or other Cubbie, using these materials.

The infinity heart was a design that Brandi created herself,  because she couldn’t find an existing design that she liked.  At first the heart and the infinity symbol were intended to both be vinyl,  but Brandi decided to add a little bling to the design by creating the infinity symbol from rhinestones instead.   Templates were created using a Silhouette Cameo.   Sticky flock with hotflex tape was used for the rhinestone template.  The vinyl is Siser Easyweed.  The vinyl was pressed to the ear using a heat press set at 310 degrees.  It only needed to be tacked in place, so it was only pressed for a few seconds.  The rhinestones required that the temperature on the heat press be bumped up to 325 degrees and required a press time of 25 seconds.

The other ear has a vinyl monogram featuring the initials of both Brandi and her husband.It was created offset in two layers.  It was pressed at 310 degrees to tack it into place and then pressed for a full 22 seconds to secure it to the Dumble.  Please keep in mind that pressing temperatures will vary based on the type of vinyl used for the project.

Finally,  Brandi added the jaunty bow around Mr. Dumble’s neck as the finishing touch.   The bow was created using ribbon and floral wire.   The first step was to fold the ribbon end over end and then twisting floral wire around the middle of the folded ribbon to hold the bundle together.  Then the ribbon was fluffed until it achieved the desired fullness.  After that,  a longer piece was cut to go around the Dumble’s neck,  using a noose like loop.   Additional floral wire secured the bow to the loop for the neck.  The wire was trimmed as short as it could be to match the length of the ribbons. Once the wire was trimmed,  the bow was slipped over the neck,  and the ends of the ribbon were trimmed to a length that suited the size of the Dumble.

This is a great design for an anniversary or wedding gift,  and would be a treasured memento for any couple.   It also goes to show that vinyl and rhinestones can be an elegant way to decorate a Cubbie.

To see more of Brandi Womack’s work,  visit MommaWombatCreations on Facebook.

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Happy Independence Day

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EnMart will be closed on Monday,  July 4, 2016 in honor of Independence Day.   We will resume normal business hours on Tuesday,  July 5, 2016.

We wish everyone a happy and safe holiday!

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Thanks for 2015

be-thankfulSo,  a year has passed.    We’re sitting here in the last day of 2015 and everyone is writing best of lists or top whatever lists and trying to sum up the year that’s almost gone before we start the year that’s almost here.  I’ve written best of or top whatever lists in the past so this year I wanted to try something a little different.

Basically,  I wanted to say thanks.

Thank you for supporting EnMart in 2015.   Whether you ordered product,  recommended us to someone who was looking for a service or item we offer,  or left us a review,  we appreciate your support.  Anyone who runs a business knows  the hardest thing to do is to build a customer base that likes what you do and keeps coming back.   We’ve been extraordinarily lucky in that regard and I’m grateful for that.

Thanks also for making this such a great year in social media.   EnMart started the year with roughly 1500 fans of our Facebook page and we’ll be ending it with just over 8000 fans.    Something similar has happened with our Twitter feed and the constant stream of repins tells me our Pinterest boards are alive and well.  We’re so pleased that so many of you have taken an interest in what we have to say.    We will,  hopefully,  keep entertaining,  enlightening and educating through social media in 2016.

A big thank you to those who challenged us this year.   We pride ourselves on being a resource for those just starting out and those who have been in the game for a while.    We appreciate your questions and your suggestions for what we could do next and what we could do better.    Just like any other business,  we learn and grow partly because that’s what we have to do to meet the needs of our customers.   Thank you for expressing those needs to us and sticking with us while we worked to learn what we needed to know to meet them.

Finally,  thank you for making us excited about 2016.   We’re expanding into new markets,  trying new trade shows (and some old favorites) and looking forward to seeing where 2016 takes us.   We will be off on January 1 to celebrate the New Year,  but we’ll be back on January 4,  ready for a new year and the surprises and successes it will bring.   Happy New Year to all of you and may 2016 be your best year ever!

EnMart East is On the Move

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EnMart East,  our location in New Jersey,  is moving to a new facility.  As of 1/4/16,  they will now be located at the following address:

8555 Tonnelle Avenue
Unit 306
North Bergen, New Jersey  07047

The phone number has also changed.  The new phone number is (201) 662-1816.

Orders may still be placed by calling the toll free number – 866-516-1300.

Local pick-up will be available at the new location.

EnMart Extras: What’s Ahead in 2016

time-flies-400x298It’s hard to believe that 2015 is almost over.   In some ways it seems like yesterday was the DAX Show in Kansas City or Quilt Market in Houston.   Still,  we have less than a week until it’s 2016,  so I thought today might be a good day to preview some of what we have in store for the upcoming year.

First,  did you know we’ve added some new Dumbles to our product offerings?   We now have yellow and gray and will shortly have mint green as well.  The new Dumbles are as adorable as the old ones,  just in gender neutral colors that would work for almost any nursery.

Second,  in 2016, screen print supplies will be added to the list of products EnMart offers.  We’ll start with test sheets and sprays most likely,  and then move on to other products as we find suppliers.  EnMart’s parent company, Ensign Emblem,  has been creating screen printed emblems for industrial laundries for years,  so expanding EnMart into screen print only makes sense.

Third,  we’ll be updating our notions.   Scissors have always been a weakness for us,  since we’re picky about the quality that we offer.   Luckily we’ve found some that we like,  along with some needles and supplies for hand embroidery and crafting and crochet that we think are top notch.   So all that will be added to the website and available for purchase.

Finally,  we’ll be at some new shows this year,  and some old favorites.   EnMart will be in booth 751 at the TNNA Show in San Diego in January,  and at the VDTA Show that same month.   We’ll also be exhibiting at all the DAX Shows this year,  and I’m sure our show schedule will get more crowded as the year goes on.

We look forward to seeing and talking with as many of you as we can in 2016.  It’s going to be a great year!

In Which We Impose Some Order

perfection-37__605One of the things about the old blog which was alternately frustrating and kind of fun was the fact that like Topsy,  it just growed.   There was never really a plan as to how it should be organized and,  as much as I’d like to deny it,  I think that showed.

Now that we have a new home,  I’d like to start as we mean to go on,  which means we need to establish some organization at the beginning.  One way to do that is to designate some post topic categories under which we can organize posts.  Here’s what we’ve got so far.

Marketing Mondays – As the name implies,  most Monday posts will be all about some aspect of Marketing.   It may be advertising or selling on social media or generating word of mouth but, whatever the topic,  if it’s under the Marketing Monday header,  you can be sure the topic of the post will be Marketing related.

Time Travel Tuesday – I’m a history buff and love delving into the history of embroidery and crafting and quilting.   Time Travel Tuesday is my chance to do that.   One post might recount a story I heard from our company owners,  who’ve been in embroidery since 1974.  Another might examine the history of a particular quilting techinique.  Time Travel Tuesday is all about going back in time and seeing how we got to today.

Wisdom Wednesday –  I’m extraordinarily lucky to have connections with a lot of very knowledgeable and wise people who work in the various creative vocations we serve.    Wisdom Wednesday is where,  I hope,  I’ll be able to persuade some of these people to share what they know here on Threaducate.

Trendy Thursday – What’s the Pantone color forecast for next Spring?  How do we work with the mania people seem to have for performance wear?  What one item will sell really well next Summer?   Trendy Thursday is where we examine trends in the market place and the decoration disciplines we all practice.

Featured Friday – On EmbroideryTalk,  there was a series called “Friday Blog Round-Up” where I would spotlight blog posts and articles that I thought were useful and interesting.   We’ve imported this to the new blog,  but now we’re calling it Featured Friday,  since we’ll be featuring stories we think it would be helpful for our readers to read.

Obviously,  not every post that’s written will be germane to the categories listed above,   but this gives us a place to start.  If you have any suggestions for other topics or categories we should consider,  please share them in the comments.

Welcome to Threaducate

Hello-World-working-copy1 The first post on a new blog always feels so momentous.  It feels like you have to get every word exactly right,  like if you lapse for a moment into a boring passage or a poor figure of speech,  future readers will be turned away forever,  disgusted with such a poor start.   Faced with a blank slate,  it seems like everything that comes hereafter hangs on this first post.

Except that this isn’t really the first post.

This is actually,  if we’re being precise,  post 584 in a blogging adventure that’s been going on since 2007,  albeit in another place.   In October of 2007,  EnMart’s first blog,  EmbroideryTalk,  made its debut.   In the years that followed,  EmbroideryTalk chronicled the changes and growth that EnMart experienced.   That blog was where we announced we were adding sublimation and quilting thread to our product offerings.     It’s where we did series of posts that allowed for an in depth examination of things like stabilizer or blank patches.  For 8 years,  that blog was our home and a good one,  but like all things that grow we eventually got too big for that space and needed to expand.

Threaducate is our expansion.

Along with SubliStuff,  which will still be the home of our sublimation discussions,  Threaducate is now the place where we educate,  inform and entertain those who are interested in the threads we sell,  and want to know how best to use them and the supplies that are auxiliary to the thread. Whether it’s machine embroideryhand embroidery, craft threads,  crochet threadsquilting threads or some thread we haven’t foreseen we’ll be carrying some day,  this is now the place where we’ll be talking about all the threads and auxiliary products we carry and giving you information on how to get the most out of using them.

As I said in 2007,  when I wrote the first post for Embroidery Talk –

In the posts to come you will find hints, tips, stories and opinions. We think of this blog as the beginning of a conversation. We’ll talk and, hopefully, you’ll talk back. We encourage discussion and questions, and will do our best to be a useful resource.

In 2015,  everything I wrote in 2007 still holds true.

Welcome to Threaducate.

We’re glad you decided to join us.