An Embroidery Trade Show for Professional Apparel Decorators

June 16-17, 2019 | Murfreesboro Conference Center | Murfreesboro, TN

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

No charge if you are a current member of NNEP (member benefit)

Attend Embroidery Mart-NASHVILLE to see the latest equipment, apparel, software, supplies, stock designs and rhinestones. Meet industry experts and discover the latest trends in apparel decoration. See the newest techniques and add them to your business.


Attend any of the free classes at Embroidery Mart-NASHVILLE 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-NASHVILLE name badge. Seating is available on a first come, first serve basis.

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

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

Presented by Jenna Sackett, 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 Jenna Sackett, 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.

Master Multi-decoration with a Vinyl Cutter

Presented by Craig Mertens, Katie Owen of Digital Art Solutions
Master the process of creating profitable multi-decoration apparel and personalized products using a vinyl cutter and a heat press. The class will focus on the core production and design skills required to maximize your productivity. This class is project based. We will walk you step-by-step through various multi-decoration projects from start to finish. Projects Include: •Mastering the basics of a vinyl cutter with heat applied graphics films •Producing monograms for wearables as well as customized gift items such as drinkware. •Producing Multi-decoration apparel by combining glitter vinyl, rhinestones and metallic heat press films. See firsthand the Digital Art Solutions Multi-Decoration System. Multi-decoration apparel is the fastest growing and most profitable trend in apparel decoration and personalization. Successfully implementing multi-decoration apparel into your business will provide you the most rapid return on investment in the industry.

Converting Vector Artwork to Embroidery, Applique and Monograms without Digitizing

Presented by Craig Mertens, Katie Owen of Digital Art Solutions
With the introduction of the revolutionary DRAWings vector to stitch conversion program, digitizing is no longer required to create production-ready sew files from vector art. Discover how to convert vector artwork produced in CorelDRAW® Illustrator or other vector graphics programs into perfect embroidery, applique and monograms. Learn the process of preparing vector artwork in CorelDRAW® for the conversion process. Learn how to reduce or eliminate out-sourced digitizing and spontaneously convert vector clipart and logos to a file that will run perfectly on your embroidery machine. This class is designed for anyone that wants to become more productive and profitable with their embroidery equipment.

Embroidery Machine Maintenance 2.0

Presented by Bill Garvin, Gunold USA
Understanding how your machine creates stitches, the issues that arise from lack of care and maintenance. Learn how to take care of your machine, so it produces the same quality of work, day in and day out. Understand how tension works on your machine, and why you should almost, never have to touch them!!! Hints and tricks, that will make you sew better, and make more money.

How to Hoop Hats

Presented by Bill Garvin, Gunold USA
Come to this class and learn why 80% of all Embroidery operators hate hats... Learn from the expert, design, hooping and the correct speed to run your machine. With this training, you will be successful in making money sewing hats.

Understanding Embroidery

Presented by Bill Garvin, Gunold USA
This class is for Beginners or people thinking of getting started in the Industry. Learn machine types, prices, and which may be best for you. Learn how designs are created for your machine, digitizing. Understand pricing, as well as the things you will need besides your machine. Software, so many choices, how do I choose?

Embroidering Hard to Hoop Items

Presented by Bill Garvin, Gunold USA
If you can hoop it, you can sew it... Learn what do do when your hoops that came with your machine will not work. Tips on getting the unusual and specialty products hooped and stitched. Stitch and stitch may be what you need, clamping is an option as well, ask the expert. Your commercial machine can sew through 1/4" thick leather, but how do we hoop it????

Ride the Digital Cutter Wave

Presented by DJ Anderson, RNK Distributing
Take total control of your digital dutter. Make every job more unique and shorten theruntimee. Both will make you money and grow your customer base! Regardless of what brand of cutter you own or intend to purchase, this class will be one of best investments of time you give for your business.

All Embroidery Software is Not Created Equal!

Presented by Trevor Conquergood, RNK Distributing
I paid over $20,000.00 for software I never use. If your software is not making you money, it is costing you money. In just 90 minutes, I can show you how the right software can make your embroidery unique and more valuable with just a few clicks of a mouse.

How to Increase your Profit with a Heat Press

Presented by Dan Kane, Transfer Express
Are you currently turning away or outsourcing screen printed apparel orders? Well, Stop! Come heat print your first screen printed t-shirt and take the first step to grow your business with screen printed apparel. Art? No problem. We will demonstrate how to use our free online art designer. Money saving tips will be taught on how to maximize your transfer sheet with ideas to upsell your customer. We will also show you some easy solutions to common decorating problems. There is more than apparel that can be screen printed as well, all while your embroidery machines are still running!! Please join us for this fun-filled, hands-on experience!

All Things Lettering

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

Applique the Easy Way

Presented by Mike Johns, GUNOLD USA
Tools, tips and techniques in creating eye-catching appliques!

Backing Basics and Beyond

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

Thread Showcase

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

Digitizing - Understand It - Enjoy It

Presented by Lee Caroselli Barnes, Balboa Threadworks
Learn the basics of Digitizing and Editing that will give you the tools to take control of your business, create beautiful well running embroidery and Enjoy it!

How to Get Started or Expand Your Business with Rhinestones, Heat Transfer Vinyl, and Vinyl Decals

Presented by Matt Vassallo, The Rhinestone World
Learn the basics of being profitable in the custom apparel and decal business. If you have a heat press and vinyl cutter, you’ve got everything you need to get started! This is an excellent class for anyone wanting to start or grow their apparel or decal business. You’ll learn proven strategies from Matt Vassallo, entrepreneur and owner of The Rhinestone World, who started his business in 2006 doing the very same thing. Don’t reinvent the wheel. Learn from someone who’s been where you are, add your unique creativity along the way, and get your business on the road to success! In this seminar, you’ll learn: Producing rhinestone and vinyl products using a vinyl cutter and heat press, marketing your products to your target new consumers, and growing your customer base.

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

Presented by Matt Vassallo, 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.


Brother PR Machines – Tips & Tricks

Presented by Richard Bloedow, SewingMachine.com
Learn Maintenance tips including proper oiling and cleaning on your PR series machine. Go over settings and color change options. Discuss backing types and features along with the differences and uses of stabilizer and specialty backing. Test and try hooping aids including Mighty hoops, Hooptech Clamping systems and Durkee frames. See the use of hooping aides and techniques along with new industry products including embroidery software choices.

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. Go over creating Appliqué designs using different methods and materials. Discuss the settings and techniques for creating "puffy" foam designs including settings and applications.

* 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 HERE to open the partial list of the vendors that will be exhibiting.

We will be updating this list regularly as the Exhibitors finalize their contracts.

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

Make the MOST of your time at Embroidery Mart-NASHVILLE

  • 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.

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-NASHVILLE?

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


Embroidery Mart-Nashville attendees and exhibitors stay at the Hyatt Place Nashville Hotel, the Hampton Inn & Suites Nashville Downtown Hotel. These hotels are located near the Embroidery Mart (less than 2 blocks away), which is held in the Music City Center, making them convenient hotels for you!

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

Link to Hyatt Place for group rate

Or call Toll Free 800-993-4751   |   Local 615-687-9995  

Make reservation at the Hampton Inn

Or Call Toll Free 800-426-7866 | Local 615-425-4884


Visit the Music City Center Maps & Parking page for details: MCC Maps & Parking


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-NASHVILLE, 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!

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