As a machine embroidery junkie, I’m always on the lookout for great deals on plain garments and linens suitable for machine embroidery and appliqué. Some of my favorite finds have been in average chain stores like Target, Walmart and Old Navy. A simple $4 hoodie on the clearance rack at Old Navy is a great find but inventory in stores like these are always changing so it’s really hit or miss.
Fortunately there are several online sources that specialized in machine embroidery blanks where you can find loads of inventory just for this purpose. And if you want to go into business selling embroidered items, you need a reliable and consistent source for the products you will embellish. Some of the following businesses require you to have a tax id, however others have no minimums which allow you to order small quantities and test out new product ideas.
- Sew for Less
Sew for Less is my hometown store here in St. Louis. (While the website is Sewforless.com, the store in St. Charles, MO is called The American Sewing Company.) They carry all the cute clothes, shoes and accessories that you find at the fancy boutiques around town. Actually (thanks to insider information) I KNOW the fancy boutiques shop there. You will find everything from swimsuits, towels, flip flops, sherpas, tennis shoes, drink holders and more. And, if you live in the area – you can order online and have your order ready for pickup at the store to avoid shipping charges. You can also opt to return the items you bought online if it doesn’t meet your expectations. Can you tell I’m a frequent flier?
- Discount Embroidery Blanks
Holy Cow! They have everything here: towels, bags, laundry bags, etc… They even have embroidery supplies like thread, stabilizer, etc…
- Dharma Trading
Dharma Trading grew out of the hippy dippy days of tie dye mania in Northern California. While the web site may look a bit deceiving as it highlights fiber art supplies like paint and dye, they have a huge selection of clothing that is suitable for tie-dye and fabric paint but also perfect for machine embroidery.
- All About Blanks
Carries all the basics plus some nice higher end and unique items like the travel garment bag and the weekend bag.
- Jiffy Shirts
If you’re looking for shirts, it’s hard to beat the price and selection of Jiffy Shirts. Jiffy Shirts would be the perfect supplier for an embroidered shirt for a sports team or special event.
- Blanks Boutique
Really cute children’s clothing and doll blanks. Who knew that dolls needed monogrammed clothing? Apparently they do. If you like ruffles, this is the supplier for you.
- AllStitch Discount Embroidery Supplies
Great prices on machine embroidery supplies such as thread, pre-wound bobbins and stabilizer. They also carry the popular stuffed animals that are suitable for personalization with an embroidery machine.
- Embroider This
A wide variety of very “giftable” embroidery blanks. They offer COSTUMES FOR WINE BOTTLES!!! Enough said.
- ARB Blanks
Not the largest selection by far, but what they do have is really cute. Great baby blanks and stylish women’s clothing.
Fashionable and athletic blanks for kids and adults: t-shirts, sweatshirts, athleisure, etc…
While these online embroidery blanks retailers are amazing, never discount the power of Amazon. You can often find just the blank you need on Amazon.com and get the benefit of Amazon Prime delivery.