How Can We Help You In 2020?

A tradition for a lot of businesses at the end of the year is a post about the great things that are coming in the next year.   We’ve done our share of those in the past,  but I thought I’d change it up this year.   As 2019 comes to an end, and we look forward to 2020,  I don’t want to talk about what’s new with us,  I want to talk about what’s new with you,  and how EnMart can help you with the new opportunities and challenges you may face.

If your challenge is to reduce your production downtime,  one culprit may be the thread you’re using.   If you’re experiencing a lot of thread breaks or birdnesting,  it might be time to investigate a different brand of thread.   It could be that you’re paying a lot of money for a premium thread that isn’t behaving in a such a premium way,  and your thread cost isn’t keeping pace with your income.   If one of your goals for 2020 is to reduce your thread expenditures or to eradicate production downtime,  we would like to recommend you take a look at Iris UltraBrite Polyester thread.    The Iris Thread is durable,  elastic,  colorfast and runs smoothly at high speeds.  A trilobal polyester,  it also has a great shine which makes it a standout where ever it’s used.

Another common cause of embroidery issues can be stabilizer.   Some embroiderers are using stabilizer that isn’t adequate for the job they’re asking it to do,  which means they have to use more to achieve the desired effect,  which impacts their budgets.   Other times,  an embroiderer may not be aware of a stabilizer which is specially designed to work with a material or type of embroidery,  and so are doing a lot of extra work to get the desired finished look.   If you’re not aware of all the types of stabilizer EnMart carries,  check out our “Supply Spotlight” posts to learn more about how stabilizer can be used.  If you are interested in samples of the stabilizer we offer,  contact us and we’ll be glad to send you a stabilizer sample pack.

If your goal is to increase your profits in 2020,  an area you might wish to investigate is blank patches.   Patches are very versatile and can be added to a large variety of options.  People also tend to think they’re more complicated to make or to embroider than they actually are.  If you’re looking for patch blanks which you can embroider,  we supply those,  as well as instructions on how to embroider them.   If you want to make your own patches,  we offer multiple types of water soluble backing,  and merrow floss as well.  Finally,  if you’d prefer printed patches (a great option for hats,  for instance)  we can supply those quickly and for a great price.

New Tools to Make Shopping Easier

Earlier in June we announced the debut of our new website.   We decided, in part,  to revamp the old site because we wanted to make it easier for our customers to shop with EnMart.   One way to do that,  we thought,  was to add some tools that would help streamline the shopping process for certain products.   I’d like to introduce a few of those tools to you today.

The first tool is our Patch Designer. One of the main issues for people who buy patches has always been figuring out border and fabric color.   Our new Patch Designer tool allows you to do that in real time,  since it adds the colors you pick to a graphic of the patch you want to buy.   That way you can see if purple really does work with aqua,  or exactly what shade of gray you need.  Obviously monitors may skew colors a bit,  but the Patch Designer offers as true a color representation as we could provide.

The Patch Designer tool also walks you through every step in the purchase process,  ensuring you don’t forget to select a backing or don’t leave off a border or fabric color.   Once you’ve added all the necessary information,  this tool for designing blank patches gives you the option to add everything to your cart.   No fuss,  no muss and you can add all your patch details in one place.

Another useful new tool we’ve added is the Thread Color Selector.   This tool offers a color grid on which you can select your desired shade.   Once the shade is selected,  the tool will show you the Iris Thread color numbers that most exactly match your selection.  If you have an RGB number for the color you need,  you can select anywhere with that color area and then use the slider bar to reach the RGB color number needed.    The Color Selector will always show the closest matches available.

The next tool is an update of our Thread Cross Reference Converter.  This is the tool you can use to convert from another brand of thread to Iris.   Currently you can convert from Madeira, Robison Anton,  Isacord and Gunold,  as well as search for a thread color based on a Pantone color.  The goal of this tool is to make thread conversion easy and painless.

All the new tools can be found under the Resources tab in the top menu on the website.