ONE STITCH AT A TIME
HyperStitch evolved over a period of one year during 1995-96. Pat Lawlor had been a junior high teacher in Huntley, but had started to feel the effects of “teacher burnout” after 20 years with a red pen. She and her husband Patrick Lawlor kicked around ideas for a second career option, investigating certain franchise opportunities, and other options. After a year of researching and planning, they bought their first embroidery machine, and Pat went to work in her family room. After 2 months, they purchased a second machine with 2 heads, and the rest of the story has been a steady increase/improvement every year. Although some customers came to her house to do business, Pat typically was “on the road” while Barb and others kept the machines humming. After 3 years, HyperStitch moved into the lower level of Prairie St, adding screenprinting in 2000, as well as more employees. Vinyl and sublimation are other added techniques, and by the summer of 2005, HyperStitch expanded into the entire building at their current location.
HyperStitch now has 5 full time employees, 6 part-time employees, and many thousands of loyal repeat customers!
Our customer profile is 65% corporate, which includes large national and regional companies, as well as smaller locally-owned companies with 1 to 25 employees. Most of these customers need garments to wear on the job or to trade shows, or even on the road. Many businesses make home visits, like heating, plumbing, electrical, remodeling, landscaping, duct cleaning, dog training, realtors, and home inspection service companies. Wearing corporate wear for identity purposes is vital! Many of them use our promotional products to hand out to their customers.
30% of annual sales are to non-profit groups like churches, schools, scouts, charities, and sports leagues. Typically, these orders are from dozens to 100’s, with multi-media on most shirts, screenprinted front and vinyl name, for instance. The last 5% constitutes one of a kind orders such as custom birthday shirts (some of our customers have a wicked sense of humor!), baby blankets, Christmas stocking names, horse blanket names, golf bag names, etc. We stitch on almost anything!
As HyperStitch enjoys its second decade of excellence, we strive to be Pleasant and Perfect each and every day.
Come in and look around. You will be impressed!
HyperStitch: Two Foundations to Success
- We treat our customers with an eagerness to help meet their vision in both garments and designs
- We treat fellow employees with respect and courtesy because a workplace that is happy is productive
HyperStitch shirts have been seen on every continent on the planet, most recently in Antarctica. Although the majority of our customers are in McHenry County, a considerable number of shirts have been shipped all over the country … and the world.
HyperStitch is everywhere!
Former employees who have helped in HyperStitch’s success: Sharon Bock, Anna Bock, Heidi Diedrick, Alison Griffin, Brittney Sanchez, Brynn Anthony, Drue Robertson, Robert Dahl, Elizabeth Zugay, Nicole Crawford, Mary Larcombe, Renate Rotta-Koch, Sherri Torrance, Stacey Karr, Sue Glorch, Amy Cook, Dana Lee Karsten, Gloria Hale, Jill Olson, Amanda Votava, Sue Simons, Kayla Doane, Kathy Smith, Brittni Ellis, Kayce Olbrich, Alison Weech, Amanda Lowie, Angela Vilchus, Barb Weidner, Breanna Payne, Brenda Ferreira, Desiree Battista, Faith Casey, Jill Weidner, Judy Hamer, Katie Steltenpohl, Kim Weidner, Lauren Emerson, Nicole Bachleda, Reannon Widmayer, Sarah O’Hara, Shayla Driver, Tammy Marlewski, Terry Sonntag, Valerie Landorf, Val Landwehr, Wendy Garvey and Denise Taylor.
Our thanks to each of you!