An Embroidery Trade Show for Professional Apparel Decorators

February 2-3, 2018 | Cobb Galleria Centre | Atlanta, GA

Friday 10 AM – 5 PM | Saturday 10 AM – 3 PM
Free Classes Friday & Saturday 9 AM & 11:30 AM
Cost $20/per person* (includes both trade show days and all classes on Friday & Saturday)

You can register online (we print a show directory for you) or at the Embroidery Mart event at the Cobb Galleria Centre in Atlanta.

Register by 5 PM EST January 8, 2018 to be entered in the drawing for a free night at one of the event hotels!


Attend any of the free classes at Embroidery Mart-ATLANTA on Friday and Saturday. You do not need to register to attend a specific class on these days, simply show up for the class with your 2018 Embroidery Mart-ATLANTA namebadge. Seating is available on a first come, first serve basis.

Classes* presented in February, 2018 are listed below. The information will be updated as the presenters finalize their presentations.

Download the summary here: 2018 Embroidery Mart Class Schedule

Screen Printing with only a Heat Press

Presented by Dan Kane, Transfer Express
Come join us to learn the benefits of using your heat press to print custom t-shirts with plastisol ink screen printed transfers.

Maintenance 2.0

Presented by Bill Garvin, Gunold
Learn how to properly maintain your embroidery machine for smooth operation!

Hoop and Run Hats

Presented by Bill Garvin, Gunold
Tips, tricks and the importance of your design for faster cap production.

Understanding Embroidery

Presented by Bill Garvin, Gunold
Machines, software and production are the main topics for this class. Know your industry and find your niche!

Embroidering Hard to Hoop Items

Presented by Bill Garvin, Gunold
Learn how to correctly hoop unique items such as leather, dog leashes and much more.

All Things Lettering

Presented by Mike Johns, Gunold
From Monograms to MicroFonts, learn the basics of lettering and how to make beautiful projects.

Applique the Easy Way

Presented by Mike Johns, Gunold
Tools, tips and techniques for creating eye-catching appliques!

Backing Basics and Beyond

Presented by Mike Johns, Gunold
Understand the wide variety of stabilizers used in the embroidery industry.

Thread Showcase

Presented by Mike Johns, Gunold
Learn how to use all different kinds of threads including glitter, metallic, acrylic and many more.

The Limitless Business: Using HTV, Sign Vinyl, Rhinestones and Foil to Make Unique Products with Great Profits

Presented by Lisa Potts, The Rhinestone World
Whether you are just starting out or have run a successful custom apparel business for years, there is always a way to expand what you offer. Heat Transfer Vinyl, Rhinestones, Sign Vinyl, and Foil are all high-profit items due to the minimal cost in materials and labor. This class will ignite fresh ideas to add to your business so you can stay miles ahead of your competition. 

How to Boost Your Sales & Design Creativity with CorelDRAW® & the TRW Design Wizard™ Software

Presented by Sean Moreau, The Rhinestone World
In this class, you will discover how to transform your business with this second-to-none software! Maybe you’ve considered starting a vinyl and rhinestone business or adding these elements to your existing business but thought it’s too difficult to learn. The beauty of the TRW Design Wizard™ is that it’s developed in collaboration with apparel and decal business owners just like you to make for a user-friendly experience—no complex functions that only programmers know how to use. Plus, users receive ongoing training and support from our collection of free tutorials covering each feature of the software in addition to live or recorded webinars presented by our TRW trainers. Since this software is a macro built on top of CorelDRAW®, a leading graphic design software that many in the industry already use, the TRW Design Wizard™ is an inexpensive option for your business. The TRW Design Wizard™ also contains shortcuts and features that will save you time with other vector art you may already produce and allows you to integrate rhinestones with other media such as vinyl to create increasingly popular multi-decoration products. It also includes fully customizable business features including a cost calculator, top-of-the-line mock-up creator and generator, and easily-customizable monogramming options to help cater to your audience.

Digitizing Basics

Presented by Richard Bloedow, SewingMachine.com
Explore the basics of embroidery digitizing. Learn the techniques to create quality designs using the proper stitch settings and methods. Also learn how to create applique designs along with "puffy" foam designs.

Join the Revolution

Presented by Richard Bloedow, SewingMachine.com
Learn settings and techniques for using HTV (Heat Transfer Vinyl) along with 'Sticky" vinyl. Explore proper application methods while experiencing "hands on" techniques for applying vinyl.This class will cover the basics along with pricing, application, and care of vinyl.

PR Possibilities

Presented by Colleen, SewingMachine.com
This lecture/demo class will demonstrate unique techniques to help conquer many challenges that can occur when embroidering for yourself or others.   Enhance your productivity and sales by using machine included features to create new trends in embroidery.   Learn which hoops will make your work easier and more efficient when hooping the challenging areas, shoes, boots, sleeves, small purses and much more.

Multi-decoration featuring Rhinestones, Monograms and Glitter Vinyl

Presented by Digital Art Solutions
Multi-decoration apparel is the fastest growing and most profitable trend in apparel decoration. Master the process of creating profitable multi-decoration apparel that combines rhinestones and heat press vinyl using a vinyl cutter and a heat press. See innovative decoration techniques that combine rhinestones with glitter vinyl and other specialty heat transfer materials. See first-hand the Digital Art Solutions multi-decoration system plus our innovative monogramming system for heat press vinyl and rhinestones. Successfully implementing multi-decoration apparel into your business will provide you the most rapid return on investment in the industry. By combining multiple decoration processes using a vinyl cutter and a heat press, you can increase perceived value and charge more.

Beyond Basic: How to Take Your Heat Printing Business to the Next Level

Presented by Mark Schwarb, Stahls'
Being perceived as the shop that always delivers on hottest new looks can be an advantage in any competitive market. Learn how to take your apparel designs to the next level. From mixed media and multi-color prints to unique applications, the live demos featured in this class will inspire you to create outside of the box.

10 Keys to Successful Heat Printing

Presented by Mark Schwarb, Stahls'
Are you looking for ways to start a T-shirt printing business or expand your shop's capabilities with a heat press? Find out what it takes to be successful in the highly profitable world of heat transfer customization.

* Class dates, times, presenters and subjects are subject to change without prior notice. All class participants must be registered for Embroidery Mart and be at least 14 years old.


What will you discover at Embroidery Mart? Click the green box below to open a partial list of the vendors that will be exhibiting.


NNEP's Embroidery Mart-ATLANTA floor plan

Embroidery Mart Summary & Schedule Download

Make the MOST of your time at Embroidery Mart-ATLANTA - 

  • Come to the NNEP’s trade show ready to do business with the suppliers.
  • Bring lots of business cards.
  • Prepare a wholesale/credit application that includes all the pertinent information about your company, such as your federal tax ID#, credit references, companies with whom you already have Net 30 terms established.  Download, complete and bring copies of this Wholesale Account Application.
  • Walk the entire trade show once. If you have time after that, walk it again, going in the opposite direction. Sounds strange, but many folks see things they missed the first time around!
  • If an exhibitor is busy, stop back when you can have the access and time you need to make sure that all your questions are answered.
  • Look at how products are merchandised, get ideas for your business.

We update this list as the Exhibitors finalize their contracts.

If you want to see a particular supplier at Embroidery Mart-ATLANTA, please email us! We’ll connect with that supplier and invite them to exhibit in Atlanta.

Keep in mind that by registering for this event you are giving consent to the participating vendors to send you information about their products and/or services.

Please note: all young and future apparel decorators must be at least 14 years old to enter the exhibits or classes.

Are you interested in SELLING your products or services at Embroidery Mart-ATLANTA?

Click EXHIBITOR INFORMATION for available booth locations and exhibitor information or call NNEP at 800-866-7396 and ask for Jennifer.


Embroidery Mart-ATLANTA attendees and exhibitors stay and save at the Sheraton Suites, which is connected to Cobb Centre with a skywalk and at the Renaissance Waverly Hotel which is connected to the Cobb Galleria Centre, making these the MOST convenient hotels for you!  Register to attend Embroidery Mart by 1/6/18 to be eligible for the drawing for a free night at the Renaissance Waverly or at the Sheraton!

If you have trouble making hotel reservations online, please let us know.

Or call 1-888-627-7047 and request to reserve room under “NNEP Room Block 2018 at Sheraton Suites Galleria Atlanta”

Or  call Marriott Reservations at 1-888-391-8724

UPDATE 1/13/18 - The Waverly y may be sold out of the group rate rooms, try the Sheraton - see link and # above.

You’ll find plenty of things to do in the area around this exciting area just outside downtown Atlanta. Experience the trendy Battery, a lively neighborhood with numerous bars, restaurants, and shops. You can also walk to Akers Mall.


Visit the Cobb Galleria Centre's Parking & Directions page HERE for details.

Airport Shuttle

For airport transportation service to Embroidery Mart: A&M Shuttle Service


CONNECT with other embroidery professionals and apparel decorators!

For many embroiderers and apparel decorators, you often work in “isolation,” in more ways than one. Many folks do not really “get” what you do, even among your own family and closest friends. Even if you have a storefront, at times it is just you and the equipment. Isolation is one of the hardest hurdles for you to overcome as a business owner! If you are isolated, where do you get new ideas? Who can you ask when you have questions? How can you generate possibilities for fresh solutions, fresh ideas?

At Embroidery Mart-ATLANTA, you are immersed in embroiderers and apparel decorators! For the majority of attendees, this is the first or only time ALL YEAR, when everything you want to talk about makes sense to someone else! It is like finding an entire community of people who speak your native language – finally. NNEP events are often described as the industry’s “family reunion – the one you WANT to be at…”

Join the conversation, become part of the community – load up with new ideas, new friendships and new ways to think about your business. You will be very glad you did!

Discover how to GROW Your Business!
  • Hands-On Demonstrations
  • Marketing Classes
  • Software Demonstrations
  • Get Energized!
    Ready to make money (or more money) with apparel decoration equipment – embroidery, screen printing, digital garment printing, laser engraving, rhinestone setting, heat presses, sublimation?
    Get Recognized!

    Get recognition for the industry-specific knowledge and expertise you acquire at Embroidery Mart! This program will be launched at Embroidery Mart-ATLANTA.
    Professional Development Program