What is the best way to contact Artelina Sewn Flags?
By emailing us you ensure the quickest response - usually
within 24 hours. If you
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Do you make printed flags?
No, we don't. We make high quality fully sewn flags and
banners - seamed, appliquéd or embroidered. All the flags
and banners you see on our website are manually sewn, some
even partly hand embroidered with a needle and thread.
Aren't made-to-order flags and banners more expensive
than those bought off the shelf?
Not necessarily. Our overheads are low compared to those
of large factory-type organizations.
Are sewn flags more expensive than printed flags?
Usually not. There are no set up costs. All you are paying
for is the materials and the time it takes to sew the
artwork. Only when you want a large number of the same
design produced, printing may become the more economical
and/or appliqué is often the most economical and
certainly the most attractive option for your flags and banners.
How much would it cost to have a custom flag made?
Each flag/banner is different. When calculating the price
we consider the size, colours, complexity of design,
materials, urgency, and the number of flags in the order. So please send your artwork
and your details, and we will send you a quote.
you give a ball park figure (between two approx
figures) for the cost of some banners? We need
to know how much money to raise.
It is not possible to
give a price without seeing the details of your job. Our quotes are free of
charge, so please send us your artwork, and you will get an
accurate quote for your particular order.
How do I know that a flag or a banner I buy is of high quality?
Every item we make is individually tailored, with care, by the
same person from start to finish. We know how to cut and
how to sew, what material and techniques to use. Our flags
and banners simply last longer. We know our products inside out, every
step, every detail, and can offer you something you are
proud to display, and we are
proud to sew the Artelina label on. This is how we make a
quality flag or a banner for you:
The hems are folded and sewn neatly. They should
be even width all the way, stitching even in stitch
length and tension, and the distance of stitches at
even distance from the edge. The sewing thread should
be strong, and not pull the fabric together. No fabric
threads should be sticking out from the hems. The
corners are turned neatly, the fly end first, then the
sides. The fly end is reinforced with extra stitching.
The seams are sewn neatly and are even width.
The material is high quality; polyester
bunting or other type of outdoor quality
material, or in the case of indoor banners it
may also be high quality satin, silk, wool or
other excellent fabric.
The flag is cut along the grain. Look at the
edge of the flag - can you follow one thread all along
it? If you can, it means that it was cut along the
grain. The flag will keep its shape and will last
longer than a flag carelessly cut. We cut every piece
by hand, unlike some factories where many layers of
fabric are cut at once.
Fringe is neatly sewn and doesn't pull the edge
of the banner.
Clips are quality clips, brass or nylon, made
What qualifications do you have as a flagmaker?
Artelina Sewn Flags has been in operation since 1998. The
proprietor, Anja McGifford, is a sewing teacher and
designer, qualified at Hämeenlinna University of Applied
Sciences, a school with 120-year history as the main training institution
for artist crafts professionals in Finland.
She is also the
author of the complete flagmaker's
manual 'Sew Many
Flags'. The second edition of this book
is now available from Porvoon Julmapaino, Finland. They are also the publisher of
Anja McGifford's English-Finnish craft dictionary.
you make the Australian Aboriginal flag?
You can find further information from the net about
copyright matters relating to this particular flag. We have sewn this
beautiful flag as a subcontractor for the licence holder
in the past. Normally a typical
national flag or flags representing ethnic groups,
regions or communities have been developed over a long
period of time, and the designer/s of the original
flag has been pleased to allow anyone to manufacture,
sell and fly the flag, free of copyright. In other
words, these flags now belong to their community or
group whether the original designer is known or
Most national flags are free from
copyright and anyone can manufacture, sell and display
them. These differ from specially designed flags for
private individuals, groups and organisations, where a copyright
may have been acquired which restricts anyone from
selling them. Often the copyright is to protect the
corporation and/or a product from unauthorised use or
exposure. But sometimes the copyright is used for the purpose of financial gain.
I would like to have a flag but wouldn't like to
pay much. What should I do?
Making a flag yourself may be a hassle-free option for
you. Many flags are easy to sew. Our Flagmaker's
Manual 'Sew Many Flags' may be helpful to you.