Embroidery Mart-NASHVILLE Classes

Attend any of the free classes at Embroidery Mart-NASHVILLE on Friday and Saturday. You do not need to register to attend, simply show up for the classes that you need. Seating is available on a first come, first serve basis. Some of the classes are presented by the National Network of Embroidery Professionals co-founder Jennifer Cox.

Click here to download the class summary (updated 7/10/17) –> 2017 Embroidery Mart class summary*

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Check back often as we update the 2017 classes as the details are finalized by the presenters!

How to Correctly Hoop and Run Hats

presented by Bill Garvin, for Gunold USA

Learn tips and tricks to run caps smoother and why the design is the most important element to success!

Embroidery Machine Maintenance, Plus Tensions!!

presented by Bill Garvin, for Gunold USA

Preventative maintenance and consistency is the key. Understand tension and what NOT to do!

Understanding Digitizing, Small Text and 3D Puff

presented by Bill Garvin, for Gunold USA

Understand file types, lettering and the correct stabilizer choices.

Making Real Profit the Real Fun Way

presented by Rory Cucchiara for First-Edition Screenprinting

Whether it’s back to school, a swimming meet, a gymnastic’s tournament or a football game. Printing on site is where it’s at! Our seminars offer real solution; we speak from experience. We tell you how to charge for products. We discuss commissions to organizations, and most importantly, we talk about your profit!

Basic Digitizing plus Applique & Puffy Foam

presented by Richard Bloedow for SewingMachine.com

Learn the basics of embroidery digitizing along with tips and techniques for doing applique and puffy foam.

Adding Promotional Products to Your Business

presented by Advertising Speciality Institute

This class, hosted by ASI’s experienced sales team, will feature ways promotional products can be used by any professional interested in growing their business. Want to increase sales from your current customers and introduce your business capabilities to new customers? You can do both by simply adding promotional products as a new sales channel. Learn how thousands of businesses have succeeded in this market. Discover the top markets to sell to, the hottest products available and the tools you need to succeed. Your customers are already buying promotional products – shouldn’t it be from you?

Digitizing…What You Need to Know

presented by Lee Caroselli Barnes, Balboa Threadworks Embroidery Design

Learn Essentials that will make Digitizing and Editing easy, allow you to be more creative, and have your customers coming back for more. Easy techniques that show you how to work with the machine and get the most out of your digitizing effort will help you grow your business and enjoy it while you do! Learn digitize in a whole new way…Understand the process. From Underlays, to Push Pull, to great designs that run well with no thread breaks, you will have the answers.

10 Apparel Trends & How to Heat Press Them

presented by Mark Merola, Stahls’

Apparel trends & fabrics are always evolving. Staying ahead of the competition can be a challenge. Learn the top 10 trends in decorated apparel and how to make money replicating these hot trends with your heat press. Discover new ways to add dimension and bling effects to items to make your apparel stand out. Learn how to successfully print the top apparel blanks that yield high profits from trendy tri-blend t-shirts and performance wear to textured jackets and bags. Attendees of this action-packed class will experience the actual decoration of many trendy items on a heat press.

A Complete Guide to Monogramming with Your Heat Press

presented by Mark Merola, Stahls’

There is big opportunity in personalized products. Personalization through monograms can be seen on everything from t-shirts and bags to headwear, shoes, and accessories. As the growth and popularity of monograms continues to climb, heat transfers open your business up to printing more items and finishes than ever before. In this class, learn:
• How to create common styles of monograms, including where to source fonts
• How to print the most popular & profitable monogram blanks using a heat press, vinyl cutter, and CAD-CUT heat transfer vinyl
• The best heat transfer technologies available for creating monograms
• Trendy and fashionable finishes that you can implement in your shop

Give YOUR Embroidery Business the CUTTING Edge!

presented by Angela Meeks, RNK/Floriani

The Commercial Embroidery Business is more competitive than ever before, but you can easily make your work stand out above all others by simply adding a few steps to the process. Join Angel for this intensive innovative class that will have you wanting to leave the show early just to try the things you will learn about making your embroidery more beautiful and totally unique. Not only will your customer demand increase, but your profits as well. Forget selling your work for less, let Angel show you how to sell it for more. MUCH MORE!

The Secret to Perfect Monograms or Logo’s is Perfect Lettering

Presented by DJ Anderson, RNK/Floriani

It has been said many times that Commercial Embroidery is 90 percent Lettering and Monograms. Regardless of the actual percentage, almost any commercial embroiderer would agree, Lettering or Monogramming is a huge part of their business. It is also a huge frustration for many to perfect! This class will dispose of that frustration once and for all!
The following is just a partial list of the topic’s covered in this class:
· Create perfect lettering from scratch
· Convert True Type Fonts to embroidery with confidence and success
· How to determine the limitations of Keyboard Fonts
· How to determine the limits of resizing – smaller and larger.
· How to determine proper weight of thread and needle size needed for a specific size letter.
· Structure lettering for Hats and backs of Jackets
· How to determine the sequence in which the letters should stitch depending on the size and fabric or garment.
Regardless of whether you only use lettering offered in your software, create your own lettering, rely on someone else to create your designs with lettering, this class will teach you how to prevent issues with lettering before they happen.

Embroidery Perfection

presented by Melanie Coakley, Ready Set Sew

Learn from 28-year embroidery veteran how she gets top dollar for embroidery and keeps customers coming back for 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.

Working with Vector artwork for embroidery and applique

Presented by Digital Art Solutions

Discover the advantages of using vector artwork to produce embroidery and applique. Find out how to convert graphics from vinyl cutting, digital printing and screen printing graphics into production-ready sew files for embroidery, appliqué and monogramming. Examine the production process of cutting fabric or twill for appliqué with a vinyl cutter or laser engraver. Find out how to convert vector monogramming templates in CorelDRAW® into production-ready sew files for embroidery and appliqué. This class will also compare traditional digitizing techniques to state-of-the-art vector-to-stitch conversion using the DRAWings® vector to stitch conversion software. This class is designed for anyone that wants to become more productive and profitable with their embroidery equipment.

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.

Basic & Specialty Embroidery Applique

Presented by Andrea Bommarito, ZSK Embroidery Equipment

Have you ever wondered how applique is accomplished on a garment? Embroidered applique is a great way to increase profit and decrease stitching time. In this session, we will explore an in-depth look at the applique process as well as different types of applique that are applied to different garments. In this session, we will explore traditional & tackle twill applique, distressed applique, one & two layer/color applique, split front applique, and applique with specialty materials – from beginning to end. I will demonstrate the full process from the digitizing aspect to embroidery setup to the machine and finally the finished product. Please join me for an informative session on such a popular technique.

Overcoming the Little Beast (Small Lettering)

Presented by Andrea Bommarito, ZSK Embroidery Equipment

Small lettering is one of the biggest challenges for embroiderers of all kinds. Sometimes is looks great, but other times it’s a gnarly mess – especially from garment to garment. There are so many factors that are attributed to great embroidery. In this session, we will unravel the mysteries of attaining crisp and clear small lettering as well as applying these techniques to other designs. In addition, we will talk about what is required and where to acquire needed items.


*Please do note that class subjects, titles and presenters are subject to change without prior notice.

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