Timabare Embroidery are the proud new owners of a Roland print/cut machine! We've been toying with the idea of buying one for a long time and we finally did it. This means that we can reproduce high quality digital prints onto ultra-thin fabric vinyl which we heat transfer to your garments. It's another option for decorating your garments when embroidery and screen printing just won't give you the results you need. It isn't limited to clothing though, we can print custom stickers and window decals, shop signs, posters, large photos, menu boards and we can even print photos onto canvas. The only limitation is that the media we can print on needs to be a maximum of 50cm wide.
I'm so excited about this new addition so if you need more info or want to discuss your options please drop us an email.
Once upon a time I had a dream that I would work for myself and run my own business. I had no idea where that thought would take me and I had no idea I would end up running an embroidery and uniform shop. The fact that my own daughter is now having to choose career options has made me think about what I wanted and if I've chosen the right path. What if I had gotten that job at Westpac that I so desperately wanted? Or the Trainee Manager job at Betts and Betts that I was short listed for? Where would I be now?
I didn't get those jobs, I embraced the creative side of myself and followed my talent for sewing into Fashion Design. Somehow a series of events after that led me here.... to embroidery, print and clothing. This business has evolved since I started out sewing baby goods in 2002 and I think it's about to take another huge direction, or at the very least, we're going to grow a new branch on this tree.
My talented, artistic daughter loves to draw, and she's darn good at it. I want her to channel this talent and exploit her Mother's business to start to her own business selling printed tees and accessories. Why not when she has all the resources in the world? Her talent lies in character design and these characters are a whole manner of different types and styles which sound like a foreign language to the people of my generation. None the less there is a market for it and I'm encouraging her to come up with some amazing designs. Stay tuned for more.....
Pricing..... something that is very difficult to set when you're starting out. Some people want cheap, others just want it done and don't care. Some want quality and are willing to pay a bit more and others want it for nothing. Over the years I have learnt to say no. When a job pays next to nothing it is not worth taking the time away from my family to do the job. Some people disagree saying something is better than nothing at all but I don't agree.
I set a fair price for my time and my machinery so that I can earn a wage and slowly pay off my investment. If you try to push this price down further I can't stay in business. Eventually I would run out of money as I'm not getting paid enough and I would have to sell up or close down. I see this sort of thing happen around me all the time. I'll never be a millionaire in this business, all I want is to work for a great boss (that's me!) and be able to have flexible hours to accommodate my family without huge overhead expenses. I love my job, it's creative and productive and I take pride in the end result. I won't let garments out the door if I haven't done my best.
When I first started in business I learnt a valuable thing that has stayed with me.
Don't be a "BUSY FOOL".
The busy fool cuts his prices very low in order to get the work. Because his prices are low he has a lot of customers but he hardly makes any money on each job which means he is too busy, too stressed and mistakes get made. I don't want to be this person. I want to be the one that gets paid enough to spend the time on each job to make it perfect. That's me, so hopefully one day I can help you with your uniform needs too...and make it perfect.
Have an awesome day!
This week I made my daughter a new t-shirt. I posted a pic of it on facebook and people started suggesting I sell them. Then I got 2 orders and I haven't even worked out how much they need to cost! I've actually put the team logo on my daughters one as she's on team Mystic, I'm not sure if I'm allowed to though as I can't see any trademark or "R" symbol on the logo. Anyway the back is what is important, check it out:
Apparently every web site needs a blog. Really? Is anyone even interested in an embroidery blog? Who knows....but apparently the Google bots will like my page better if I have one.
So here goes...
Welcome to my first blog post. This is where you'll find posts about products I love, techniques for embroidery, new things I learn and various other tidbits I feel like adding as the weeks and months pass by.
I have just spent a couple of weeks updating my website and I'm pretty happy with it. It looks clean and tidy and if anyone has any feedback or if I've missed anything that I need to add, please let me know by commenting on this post.
If any of you have thought about doing your own website, go for it! Weebly has been a fantastic tool for this and super duper easy.
Thanks for visiting and reading my first ever blog post YAY!