An Embroidery Trade Show for Professional Apparel Decorators

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

Embroidery Mart-NASHVILLE SE is in the Mirabella Grand Ballroom located in the Embassy Suites by Hilton Nashville SE Murfreesboro Conference Center which is at:

1200 Conference Center Boulevard
Murfreesboro, Tennessee 37129

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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)

PRE-REGISTRATION ENDS TODAY, TUESDAY JUNE 11, 2019 at MIDNIGHT, EST. Register NOW or register AT the Embroidery Mart, which takes longer since we have to enter all your details!

Please Note: Parking is FREE for all Mart attendees, exhibitors and participants. The hotel has shifted to paid parking, but YOU ARE EXEMPT if you are here for the Mart!

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.

TWO Special Workshops offered the day BEFORE Embroidery Mart-NASHVILLE!

WORKSHOP #1: Embroidery Business Success Secrets
Attend this “How To" workshop from 1-5 PM the day before Embroidery Mart to discover the secrets that will help you and your embroidery business succeed. In this workshop, you will find out what you need as far as equipment, software, tools, and supplies. You will discover how to set your prices so that you make money on every order. You will walk away with knowledge of the industry’s best practices as far as scheduling your workflow, how to maximize your space and time, and marketing ideas including how to use social media effectively. You will be able to avoid expensive mistakes that many embroidery business owners make at least once because you will know the best way to address those challenges. Fast track your business by attending this workshop! It will be held 1-5 PM on 6/15/2019 at the same location as Embroidery Mart. This workshop is sponsored by SewingMachine.com. Preregister for this workshop for $30/person until 6/9/19. Onsite registration: $50/person, if any seats are still available.
WORKSHOP #2: Maximizing Sales and Productivity with Vinyl Cutter and Heat Press
Attend this workshop to 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.
  • Rhinestone multi-decoration using the template technique developed by Digital Art Solutions.
  • Producing monograms for wearables as well as customized gift items such as drinkware.
  • Producing multi-decoration apparel by combining glitter vinyl, rhinestones, metallic heat press films and applique.

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. This workshop will be held 1-5 PM on 6/15/2019 at the same location as Embroidery Mart. All workshop attendees will receive a voucher good for a graphics collection valued at $150 from Digital Art Solutions. This workshop is sponsored by Digital Art Solutions and will be presented by Craig Mertens, an industry expert with decades of experience. Preregister for this workshop for $30/person until 6/9/19. Onsite registration: $50/person, if any seats are still available.

Special Option #3 Attend the 3-Day Digitizing Class presented by Balboa Threadworks. It is being held immediately after Embroidery Mart. Click here for more information about the Digitizing Class, June 18-20, 2019.

FREE SESSIONS during Embroidery Mart:

Attend any of the free classes at Embroidery Mart-NASHVILLE on Sunday and Monday. You do not need to register to attend a specific class on these days, simply show up for the class with your 2019 Embroidery Mart-NASHVILLE name badge. Seating is available on a first come, first serve basis.

Class information will be updated as the presenters finalize their presentations.

Download the Embroidery Mart-NASHVILLE SE details: 2019 Embroidery Mart-NASHVILLE SE

FREE Classes included with Embroidery Mart-NASHVILLE SE:

Oh Brother! Brother Multi Needle 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 and Downfalls
Presented by Lee Caroselli Barnes, Balboa Threadworks
Get an overview of understanding the three basic stitches so you know how to use them and when. Then we will cover how to spot the biggest downfalls when editing or digitizing your designs and also show you the path to saving stitches and eliminating thread breaks while creating the perfect design.Le

What's Hot: 2019 Apparel Trends and How to Print Them
Presented by Jenna Sackett, Stahls'
Spark your apparel sales with the hottest products in apparel and heat printing. Join the Stahls’ educators to learn new products and heat printing techniques that will grow your business in 2019! Be among the first to experience new heat printing products and discover new ideas, and how to print the top industry trends! These new techniques are sure to expand your business!

Heat Printing 101 - What Transfers to Use When
Presented by Jenna Sackett, Stahls'
With so many fabrics and so many processes, it can get confusing! With just a heat press and the right process, you can have a successful heat printing business! Jenna Sackett and Bob Robinson will help take the confusion out of it all by guiding you to the right decoration method for every job.

Maximizing Sales and Productivity with Vinyl Cutter
Presented by Katie Owen and Craig Mertens, Digital Art Solutions
A vinyl cutter is the most versatile production machine in the apparel decoration and personalization industry. This class will outline a set of best practices for maximizing both sales and productivity with a vinyl cutter. The class will focus on design and production skills in CorelDRAW using the Digital Art Solutions Multi-decoration System. The class with also key on specific and meaningful sales and marketing strategies for maximizing sales. Four popular processes will be featured.

  • Apparel decoration and monogramming with heat press vinyl and popular films including glitter vinyl and metallic films.
  • Vinyl graphics including decals, banners and signage.
  • Rhinestone multi-decoration using the stencil technique invented by Digital Art Solutions.
  • Applique using the revolutionary DRAWings X embroidery, applique and monogramming software.

Converting Vector Artwork to Embroidery, Applique and Monogramming without Digitizing  
Presented by Katie Owen and Craig Mertens, 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
Learn how to properly maintain your embroidery machine (any brand) for smooth operation!

How to Hoop & Run Hats Correctly
Presented by Bill Garvin, Gunold
Tips, tricks and the importance of your design for faster cap production.

Understanding Embroidery
Presented by Bill Garvin, Gunold
Understand the wide variety of stabilizers used in the embroidery industry.

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.

How to Grow your Business by Becoming a One stop shop for all your customer's branded need
Presented by ASI
Has a customer ever asked you for branded products other than apparel? Discover how to increase your bottom line by offering promotional products without investing in more equipment or keeping inventory. ASI has a network of over 3000 suppliers that can provide fully decorated products to your customers at an average profit margin of 35%. ASI can help you with sourcing products, presenting quotes, tracking orders and generating electronic PO’s all within one system to help you save time and make money without having to invest in any additional equipment or inventory. Never say no to a customer again! Already selling promotional products? Let us give you the best tips and tricks to increase sales using the latest enhancements in the ESP Platform, and the best website in the industry!

How to Screen Print with a Heat Press 
Presented by Ryan Rafalke, Stahls Transfer Express
Grow your embroidery business by adding screen printed apparel with just a heat press. Learn how easy it is to create custom art and send your customer proofs. Once approved order your transfers that are applied in seconds. Print t-shirts, sweatshirts, bags, can coolers and more. This hands-on class will show you all you need to get started.

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

* 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?  Scroll down to see a list of the vendors that will be exhibiting.

We update 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.


  • Action Illustrated #109
  • Apex Embroidery Design, Inc. #208
  • Advertising Specialty Institute #403
  • Atlantic Coast Cotton #207
  • Balboa Threadworks #407
  • Brown Manufacturing Group, Inc. #401
  • C and C Enterprises #105
  • Deborah's LLC #302
  • Digital Art Solutions #307
  • Epilog Laser #203
  • Gunold USA #304
  • Hab + Dash by Fil-Tec #406
  • JJ Motiff #206
  • Midwest Punch Embroidery & Applique, LLC #106
  • NNEP #301
  • Otto International, Inc. #107
  • SanMar #400
  • SewingMachine.com #100
  • ShopWorks #201
  • Stahls' #200
  • Stitch It International #209 + #309
  • The Rhinestone World #101
  • Transfer Express #300

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 Embassy Suites Hotel. Embroidery Mart is held in Embassy Suites Conference Center, making it the most convenient hotel for you!

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

Make hotel reservation at Embassy Suites

Or call Toll Free (800) 362-2779   |   Local (615) 890-4464


There is free surface parking surrounding this hotel and conference center.

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!

  • Hands-On Demonstrations
  • Marketing Classes
  • Software Demonstrations
  • 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 recognition for the industry-specific knowledge and expertise you acquire at Embroidery Mart!Professional Development Program