Ever Wonder Why Monogramming Costs What It Does?

Monogramming an item - it sounds so simple.  I hear people say, "Sure, I'll just slap a name on it real quick."  Heck, I've even caught myself saying something similar.  Granted, it's not all that complicated once you have some practice with it.  And, it certainly helps to have a commercial embroidery machine (much faster).  However, with all of the competition on Facebook, Etsy, Blogs, etc., I am seeing more and more businesses offering FREE monogramming.  In an effort to compete, I've been known to offer this sometimes myself.  :)  Our standard price for monogramming a single initial is $5 and a name or three initials runs $7.  As you can imagine, the larger the monogram, the larger the bill will be.  Many shower curtains, for example, run between $40-$80 for 3 initials.  Once the monogram size exceeds our standard hoop, we begin to calculate the price according to stitch count.  That's how we determine the price of things such as shower curtains.

Sounds expensive, huh?  Well, I've never really posted anything about the process - only the outcome of our work.  Two nights ago, I was monogramming some Homecoming Sashes for a local college and decided that I'd take pictures along the way so I could show you what's involved. 

 First, we have to make sure that we have the correct thread color on the machine.  In this case, we will be using the crimson thread.

Then, we need to hoop the item.  The monogram on the sashes will need to be quite large, so we need to use our extra large hoop.  It doesn't look that big in the picture, but trust me, it is.  :)

In fact, this hoop is so large that we need to adjust the arms on the machine to make it fit.

Now, we mark center on the item so that we know where to line up the needle at the starting point of the embroidery.  Here, I have marked center with a purple water soluble pen.  Also, you can see that we have heavy tear away stabilizer hooped behind the satin fabric.

Next, we need to design the image on the computer and save it so we can load it in the embroidery machine.

Here's where we pulled up the design on the screen of the embroidery machine.

Next, we need to line up the needle with the center point that we marked on the garment.  In this case, our crimson thread is loaded on the #10 needle, which you can see is directly lined up with the center mark.

Next we will trace the design to make sure that we aren't going to hit the edge of the hoop during the embroidery process.  You can see that we were close here, but we knew that it wouldn't hit since we traced it prior to starting.

And after several minutes, the design has been completely stitched out.  All we need to do now is unhoop the garment, tear off the stabilizer, iron the garment so you can't see the hoop lines, package it up nicely and deliver to customer. 

So, in a nutshell, that's the process for monogramming an item.  The applique process is much different.  Maybe I'll snap some pictures and show you how that's done one day soon.  :)  I hope you all have a great weekend!


Easter Baskets that are just Too Cute!

Ahhh! I am absolutely LOVING our new Easter baskets! We all know that chevron fabric is "the thing" this year, so we thought it would be a great idea to make these super cute baskets. Check them out and let us know what you think.

From the bottom to the top of the basket part is approx. 5 1/2 inches.
From the bottom to the top of the handle is approx. 11 inches.
They are about 5 1/2 x 8. They will easily hold 2 dozen eggs or more.

$26.95 (includes monogramming)


You may purchase these Easter baskets through our Etsy shop (www.prissibritches.etsy.com), website (www.prissibritches.com) or you may send us an email at prissibritches@att.net.


New Chevron Is Here!

Many of you may have seen our recent Facebook post about our new chevron infinity scarfs.  I wanted to let you know that we have a couple of black chevron scarfs left.  These are already made and ready to ship!  If you are interested in a gray, red, coral or tiffany blue chevron scarf, let us know and we'll get it out to you in about a week.  We've ordered more of that fabric and expect we will receive it in the next several days. 

Also, we just received a brand new shipment of light pink chevron just in time for Easter!  This fabric is gorgeous!  Be sure to watch our Facebook page for special offers coming soon.



Chevron Fabric is HOT!

Hi, everyone!  It's been a very long time since I updated the blog, but I'm going to do my best to make this a more frequent occurrence.  The Christmas holiday flew by and we were blessed to be super busy!  I just wanted to let you all know what's popular right now - ANYTHING CHEVRON!  :)

Here are a few images of our most popular items: