Stitch All the Things
I graduated from the University of Southern California in the 90's with a Bachelor's in Creative Writing. I proceeded to use said degree for writing fanfics and roleplaying online, after a few years of which I burned out on writing creatively. I floundered at data entry and retail positions for some years.
I had always loved patches and collected them as a child, only to store them away because I was afraid to ruin them by actually putting them on stuff. I wanted to make money doing something creative so my brother helped me finance my current embroidery machine, a 6-needled beast which more often than not decides not to have all 6 needles work at any given time.
In short, I work at home plying nerds with costume accessories. You're welcome.
C. "Sparky" Read
I am a woman residing in the Sacramento, CA area. I live with my brother, a parrot, a snake, and a plethora of tarantulas (yes on purpose). I make embroidered things. :3
Everything But Patches and Shirts: what you see is what you get. The photo, I mean. And if I say I have one in stock, that's all I have. If the item is say, a t-shirt and you have the option of choosing a different size, then expect to wait a few extra days for your item to ship because I don't generally keep t-shirts on hand and will have to go out and buy one for you.
Patches and Shirts: each item may vary a tiny bit in appearance due to the hoop shifting etc. I will never send you patches that I feel are "messed up" or anything, don't worry. (With my new machine the results will be more professional and this will be less of an issue.) Colors may vary a bit as well but not by a whole lot.
There *are* exceptions to the "number of patches" rule - I may list ones that I don't plan to run again for some reason or another. If it doesn't say in the description that I can make you one without iron-on backing, then I don't plan to make more.
Accepted payment methods
- Accepts Etsy gift cards
- Money Order
i do not take credit cards directly* but you should be able to use a credit card through Paypal. Select Paypal as your payment method and then follow the steps in this article: http://www.etsy.com/help/article/361
* Note: I am currently using Etsy's "Direct Checkout" which takes credit cards, but reserve the right to stop using that at any time.
My busiest time of the year is August-October because of Halloween and I easily receive 4-5 times as many orders then as any other time. Chances are I cannot rush your order then, so order your Halloween merchandise early! I also close my shop within a couple weeks of October 31st because invariably people get angry when I tell them they won't get their order in time for Halloween and it stresses me out. Once I am closed I am closed. I also do NOT take custom orders during those months, I am much too busy.
I have started using Stamps.com and can provide tracking numbers for packages shipped within the US only. I typically drop envelopes/packages off on Tuesdays and Thursdays (or sometimes Fridays). So twice a week.
Edit: To reiterate, no matter what time of year it is, DO NOT ask to receive an item in less than a week. I don't care if it is your kid or grandkid's birthday, convention, or any other special event. Do not offer me more money for a rush job, the answer is no.
Refunds and Exchanges
I have sent out literally thousands of patches over the years and the plain truth is a few get lost. :/ If your order doesn't arrive in a reasonable amount of time after it has been marked shipped contact me.
If it is determined that you did not receive your order because you gave me the wrong address, you are not entitled to a refund or free replacement products. Please make sure I have your correct address! Remember, I use your Etsy address, not your Paypal address.
Additional policies and FAQs
Don't ask me what size patch you need for a child of a certain age or to go on a certain size article of clothing. It is up to you to tell me what size you want. I do not have children,. I have no idea how big your kid is. :)
I am generally not open for custom work between the months of August and October.
One more thing: no I do not have an option to apply hook-and-loop fasteners to the backs of my patches.