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October E-News

Deborah Nelson of Satin Stitches at the Oregon Dance Drill Coaches Assoc. Conference OR

It’s that scary month of the year, when you start really worrying about your 2016-17 season’s costumes.

  • “Did I order correctly?”
  • “Will my team’s costumes fit? (both the team and the theme)”
  • “Will my costumes/uniforms arrive on time?”
  • “Did I forget to order accessories?”
  • And so on, and so forth!

If you HAVEN’T yet ordered your custom designed dance team or show choir costumes, because you have no idea what to order, give Satin Stitches a call at 763-323-9507 or send us an email at customerservice@satinstitches.com. We will be happy to give you options for ordering new, beautiful, custom costumes from Satin Stitches. Our very talented Design Team can guide you through our custom (or customizable) ordering process and offer design, fabric and color suggestions.

Our owner, Deborah J. Nelson, is constantly writing articles and blogs for various publications, in the hopes that she will inspire dancers, coaches, studio owners and instructors to make smart costume choices.  Don’t forget to check out our blog to see what she has to say! Many helpful blog topics include: 

Successful Group Costumes: Correct Fit is Very Important

What’s New in the World of High School Dance Team Designs?

Dance Costumes Appropriate for Children

Costume Design Tips for Male Dancers

Dance Costume Fabrics: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

SATIN STITCHES E-BAY ‘HALLOWEEN’ STORE

Besides our greatly discounted custom, one-of-a-kind sample dance costumes that we offer in our E-Bay store, did you know that we offer many that can be worn as, or incorporated into Halloween costumes?

Because our sample size is women’s adult size M-Medium, most (but not all) of our ‘retired’ samples are only available in this size. But occasionally we retire entire sets of basic ‘Sizing Samples’ with the same style in 18 or more sizes – just waiting to be bedazzled to become part of YOUR dance or Halloween costume!

HOT Costume Care 'TIP OF THE MONTH'!

We occasionally get asked: How do we replace missing rhinestones – what is the best glue?

Years ago, we recommended any ‘super-glue’, but currently, we have decided that the easiest glue to work with, is a glue named ‘Loctite Super-Glue–Control Gel’. This is what we use, when we need to glue anything that isn’t ‘HOT FIX’.

Why do we love it? Well, instead of being a runny, messy thin liquid, as most super-glues, it is thicker and easier to control.

If you are still in the ‘stone ages’ (pun intended) in regards to your gluing habits and are still using a ‘tacky’ glue – modernize and pick up a Loctite bottle at your local hardware store. It is so much faster and less messy!

All you need is a little ‘dollop’ of the gel on the back of a rhinestone. (We use a T-pin, but a toothpick or a tweezers could also be used.) Then hold it in place for 15-20 seconds (by pressing down with a rubber guard on your finger) until the glue has dried. You will have a permanent, non-messy bond with your Swarovski rhinestone and your costume, dance shoes, handbag or Smart-phone case!

We ALWAYS use Swarovski rhinestones  ‘HOT FIX’ with the glue already on the back, which attaches by heating up the glue (or use an ultra-sonic device) to attach the rhinestones. We can permanently fuse a rhinestone in a split second or up to 15-20 seconds depending on the size and location of the rhinestone. How about your rhinestone attaching methods? If they take longer and don’t permanently attach immediately, consider changing your methods.

If you would like information on designing with rhinestones – check out my “Rhinestoning 101” blog first!

Monthly Custom Costume Specials at Satin Stitches
Satin Stitches Performance Costume Blog

Satin Stitches Ltd. is the only national custom costume manufacturer that specializes in high quality dance, show choir and procheer costumes and uniforms that was founded by a professional fashion designer. Satin Stitches Ltd. was created nearly 40 years ago, and has always specialized in custom performance apparel.

For more information:
customerservice@satinstitches.com
763.323.9507 | Fax 763.427.5039 | M-F 8:00-4:30 CT

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