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  1. Spotlight On: Brother Commercial Embroidery Machines

    In the first in our new series of blogs, "Spotlight On:" we will be taking a closer look at the brands and machines we supply at Stocks. We take pride in providing only the best technology and devices for our customers from brands we know and trust. This week we will be introducing Brother and their two Brother embroidery machines, the PR680W and Read more...
  2. Embroidery vs Vinyl – What's The Difference?

    Embroidery and vinyl are two ways of adding decoration to otherwise plain fabrics, but what's the difference between them is? Please read on to learn more.

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  3. The Dos and Don'ts of Digitising in Embroidery

    As technology continues to evolve, digital tools are used in more and more applications. For example, embroidery digitising is a relatively new concept. Technology now allows us to create artwork in a digital format, which is then used in tandem with industrial embroidery machines to form the needle's path and make the design a reality. With most Read more...
  4. How to Choose the Right Industrial Sewing Machine for Your Needs

    The Difference Between an Industrial and Hobbyist Sewing Machine Industrial sewing machine parts are made of more durable materials such as metal compared to hobbyist machines. They are designed to last longer and withstand greater load capacity and operational times. They are also built to sew with much higher stitch rates meaning faster and Read more...
  5. How to Prevent Embroidery Puckering

    There are a number of issues that can occur when using an embroidery machine, such as puckering. Puckering refers to the bunching or gathering of fabric near embroidery stitches that happens when the material is moved around during embroidery. It stops the fabric from lying flat so you see the folds, and it can give the finished product a bumpy Read more...
  6. Understanding Fabric: Jeans

    Everyone has a pair of jeans that they just love. Whether it’s the classic blue jean or the black skinny jeans, these trousers are a popular feature in everyone’s drawers and one of the most popular materials worldwide. Jeans are so ingrained in the fabric of our lives that it’s difficult to imagine a time when they didn’t exist. They were Read more...
  7. Can You Remove Embroidery?

    Embroidery adds beautiful embellishments to clothes; it can be hard to imagine a scenario where you would want it removed. But sometimes you may have to if the embroidery has been stitched into the wrong place on the fabric. Some embroidery can hinder sewing, such as on a seam. Or the embroidery may not have been done accurately, or you wish to Read more...
  8. Spotlight on Our Brands

    At Stocks, we specialise in providing commercial and industrial embroidery machines from the top brands available. Our machines are ideal for both small and large scale production, and so far we’ve helped over 500 small businesses get started in the world of embroidery. We understand it can be tricky knowing what kind of embroidery machine you Read more...
  9. A History of Embroidery and Costuming

    Embroidery is the art of decorating fabrics and other materials with thread to create patterns or letters. ‘Embroidery’ comes from the French word broderie, meaning embellishment, which is essentially what you are doing to a piece of fabric when embroidery is added. Embroidery has existed for thousands of years and can be traced back to 30,000 Read more...
  10. Embroidery Machines - Using Colour Theory in Embroidery

    Colours are an important consideration in embroidery, as the right colours can make the difference between an okay piece of work and something extraordinary. The colour sets the tone for the work, with bright colours creating a cheerful, playful effect, and darker shades providing sophistication and elegance. When selecting the right kind of Read more...

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