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Kept in Stitches for 40 Years


Northwest Custom Apparel Celebrates 40 Years

This year marks Northwest Embroidery’s 40th year in business. Northwest Embroidery was founded by current owner James A. Mickelson in October 1977 in Tacoma, Washington. The small embroidery company started out with a couple of jacquard tape driven embroidery machines from the Baradan embroidery company. In 2015, Northwest Embroidery re-branded as Northwest Custom Apparel to represent that they are more than just an embroidery shop. Northwest Custom Apparel sells custom embroidered jackets, polo shirts and hoodies to local businesses around the South Puget Sound and Pierce County.

40th Anniversary Events – Mark your calendar





The 40th Anniversary events will kick off in April with special deals on Outdoor Caps. The best selling cap, FWT-130 and the MBW-800 will be on sale all month long. The FWT-130 is $8.50 and the MBW-800 is $8.99 per cap. All the cap pricing includes a front embroidered logo up to 8,000 stitches. You only have to order 2 boxes of caps (48 caps) to receive the special pricing.

Summer Open House

Be on the lookout for our Open House this year. We will be bbqing and giving out lots of samples like Hawk Shirts, hoodies and custom baseball caps. Please get on our email list, so you can receive the open house updates. Facebook will also be posting the Open House updates.

Customer Halloween Costume Contest

The 40th Anniversary will be featuring a Halloween Costume contest in October. Customers and community members are encouraged to dress up as their favorite Super Hero and come into our office for a special Halloween Gift (still to be determined).

12th Man Contest

The Seattle Seahawks look like they will be Super Bowl contenders this 2017 season. Russell Wilson will be coming back healthy and ready to pass and run. We are celebrating every Friday as Blue Friday. Remember to come by the office to purchase your 12th man t-shirt and hoodie. Our artist will be developing some new Hawk designs this summer, so your input will be needed to create the best Hawk design ever. DSC05491

Jim and Erik Mickelson

Jim and Erik Mickelson 2016


About Erik Mickelson

Erik Mickelson is the author of Northwest Custom Apparel's blogs. Erik has been with Northwest Custom Apparel since 1996 after graduating from Washington State University and is the founder of the Apparel Graphic Academy. Trained by the custom graphic apparel industry's best, Mark Venit, Erik brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the Embroidery Adventure blog. As they say, 'Experience is the best teacher.' We are proud to have Erik as part of our team!