Throughout the course of the year, we get many thank you notes, calls and emails from satisfied clients telling us how thrilled they are with both the quality of their Satin Stitches costumes and the service and support they received from our design and customer service teams. Often, our clients share that they have received multiple complements on their gorgeous, one-of-a-kind costumes - even from opposing coaches and dancers!
We’ve taken this to heart and decided to offer our own 'Referral Program'! Now, instead of simply saying “thank you” and moving on, you can share the secrets of your amazing costumes and get reimbursed when those coaches, directors, teachers and organizers switch to Satin Stitches for their next costume order! You read that right! For every team order you personally refer to Satin Stitches, we will give you (and the coach you referred) a $100 Visa Prepaid card!
What do you do when the armpits of your hard-to-clean costume get a little less than desirable or you're unexpectedly bumped during dinner and spill some chilli on your uniform? It's moments like these that require acting fast with spot cleaning!
When you have a costume or uniform that is potentially difficult to launder by usual methods such as dry cleaning or machine and/or hand washing, rather than just wearing it dirty, you can target specific areas by spot cleaning.
For flawless spot cleaing technique, simply follow these guidelines:
First, grab a neutral colored wash cloth and a small dab of some sort of soap - liquid laundry detergent, bath soap, hand soap and even dish soap will work! Neither the type nor the brand is important. The key is to use only a 'small dab'. Moisten your wash cloth and add just a touch of the soap. Gently rub the area that has been soiled, so that the spot becomes slightly wet. Be careful not to create suds, simply use your washcloth and 'small dab' of soapy water to dislodge the stain or dirt.
Do not get the soiled area too wet or rub too much. This will help protect against problems with the fabric.
NEVER try anything on the 'front and center' area of your costume first, just in case anything horrible happens! If you can test your spot cleaning on an unobtrusive area of your costume first, that is preferred.
Once you have successfully spot cleaned your costume,you will need to dry the area. The best option is to use a neutral colored dry towel to blot or 'feather' the area. This 'feathering' technique avoids creating a ring where the wet area was by diffusing the wetness. To dry, gently rub the dry towel onto the edge of the wet area, pulling the moisture awayfrom the wet areaand into the dry area.
Finally, allow the costume to dry naturally. If you are in a hurry, place the wet area in front of a fan or (worst case scenario) use a hair dryer's cold setting or a public bathroom hand-dryer. If you see a ring forming, as it is drying, redo your ‘feathering’ between the dry and wet areas.
If your soapy water doesn't do the trick, you might need to try some other options. Refer to several articles posted on our website that can be helpful for stubborn stains.
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 over 37 years ago, and has always specialized in custom performance apparel.