Safety Orange Hi-Vis Mesh Safety Vest
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What are OSHA Compliant Safety Vests?

Safety Vests Explained Safety Vests are extremely important for the safety of your employees. You must learn the different Safety Vest classes so your company is in compliance with OSHA standards and regulations. Why wear Safety Vests? Safety vests are used to be visible by traffic and pedestrians. The bright […]

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About Erik Mickelson

ABOUT ERIK MICKELSON Erik Mickelson is a contributor and editor for the Apparel Graphic Academy blog.  Currently, Erik is the Operations Manager for his family’s embroidery and direct-to-garment business. Erik grew up in the embroidery business with his father, Jim Mickelson, who founded Northwest Embroidery in 1977. Erik’s Education Undergraduate […]

Custom Webstores by Northwest Custom Apparel
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Web stores for Company Apparel

6 Reasons Why Web stores are Important for your Company Reasons for choosing a company store from Northwest Custom Apparel Allows employer or employee committee to select apparel to be given to employees. Allows selection of custom logo for apparel Choose a custom logo for an event No requirement to […]

Collage of Embroidered Baseball Caps at Northwest Custom Apparel
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How to promote your brand with Caps

Caps are a marketing tool The question is how to get more marketing bang for our buck. There are so many options to choose from that makes this process confusing. The objective is to capture eyeballs. If you are a mega size corporation you start looking at a medium to […]

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Kornit Direct-to-Garment Printing

The leader in DTG printing in Seattle Northwest Custom Apparel is the largest DTG (direct to garment ) printer in the Pacific Northwest. They have been in business since 1977 starting out with one embroidery machine. The now do screen printing, DTG printing, Embroidery, custom sewing and whatever you can […]

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Custom Embroidered Patches USA made

Embroidered patches Embroidered patches are a economical way to decorate a item of apparel. The use of patches was very big during World War II. Each unit from a corps to a platoon used embroidered patches to promote comrade and a sense of belonging. After the war the market for […]

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Screen Printed T-Shirts add Value

T Shirt Quality There is a difference in tee shirt quality. Many manufacturers have introduced premium tee shirts which are a little finer, a little heavier and sized to fit. These are the styles that Northwest Custom Apparel offers its customers. The norm is now customers are asking for a […]

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Direct to Garment printing problems

Direct to Garment printing problems. I am going to try and summarize some of the problems which  do occur with DTG printing. Purchasing a DTG Printer One big problem is purchasing a machine which is designed for hobbyists. I won’t name them but you can figure out who they are […]

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Marketing DTG and selling DTG

Marketing DTG printing Direct to garment printing is not exactly new to the decorated apparel industry. However it is starting to get recognized as a decoration of choice. The benefits for DTG need to be incorporated into any marketing program a decorator choosing. The best way if you are a […]