All of my work is custom and I work closely with you to execute your vision. My tallitot often become family heirlooms which brings me incredible satisfaction as an artist. While my purpose here is not to offer a lecture on cheap goods and China imports, it must be understood that I make everything myself which involves many hours of labor (not to mention expensive fabrics and custom computer setup.) Labor can be costly as is the cost of maintaining expensive embroidery machines. You may not realize that the beautiful tallit bag you ordered takes me 2-3 hours to make (cut, sew, embroider and finish.)
Is there a standard size for an atarah?
An atarah typically is 2-1/2″ to 4″ wide and 24″ to 36″ long. There is a wide variation depending on the size of the person it is for, overall design of the tallit and, of course, the length of the blessing. I recommend that the ends reach at least to the collar bone on each side.
What is the cost for an atarah?
Unless the bracha (blessing) is very long, an atarah is $70 which includes computer set-up, silk or wool fabric, stabilizer backing, thread and any other materials. The neckband is hemmed, pressed and ready to be sewn onto the tallit. Designs placed at the ends are extra and based on the complexity and number of color changes. A contrast border is also an additional charge, usually $30-$40 for the extra fabric, labor to cut the strips, sew and hem to the finished size. This often takes 1-2 hours!
Is there a standard size for corners?
No. Most often they are 3″ to 4″ square but can be any size or shape large enough for the design. In fact, there don’t have to be any corners. Many people place plain squares on the back to to reinforce the corners so that the tzitzit don’t tear it. The only requirement is that tzitzit are tied according to halacha in each of the four corners of the garment. However, many people add decorative corners to the front of the tallit and I have thousands of designs to choose from and coordinate with the colors of the garment.
What is the cost for a set of corners?
Corners start at $48 for a set of 4 but typically run about $18 each. However, complexity of the design (stitch density), number of colors and finished size affect the final price. An embroidered hole for the tzitzit is stitched, if requested.
Is it permissible to mix silk with wool, acrylic or cotton?
The only mixing of fabrics not allowed is wool with linen which is strictly prohibited by Jewish law. This is called “shatnez” and Torah scholars offer several explanations. However, to avoid any potential problems, it is best not to mix plant-based fibers with animal fibers.
How long will it take to have my items embroidered?
Generally speaking, I need 7-10 days to complete your order. Most of the time I have several projects in work with strict deadlines so it could take longer. Please plan ahead and allow adequate time. I need a minimum of 6 weeks for a custom tallit.
Do you have fabric for me to choose from?
I have silk, wool and cotton fabrics in many colors in stock. If you need me to match your fabric, you can send a swatch or spool of thread to me. If a specific color match is needed, I urge you to buy it at your own fabric store and mail it to me.
Can I use my own fabric? How much do I have to send?
If you would like the embroidery done on fabric that matches your project, you can send it to me. I only work with natural fabrics, i.e., silk, cotton, linen and wool. Polyester and acetate fabrics tend to pucker when stitched and the quality is not good. They are also difficult to fold, press and hem.
For an atarah, I need a strip between 6″-8″ x the full width of the fabric, which is usually 44″/45″ wide. For an atarah and corners, I will need a strip that is at least 12″ x the full width (approximately 1/3 yard.) Trimming/hemming is done after the embroidery is finished, so DO NOT pre-cut your fabric.
Can I use my own thread?
I only use 40 wt. polyester or rayon thread which is specifically made for high speed machine embroidery. It is not the same as regular sewing thread. I have hundreds of colors in my inventory and I can usually match your fabric very closely. Many customers send a fabric swatch of the color desired and I’ve never had a problem finding a match. But if the exact color is critical, you may send your own thread (not sewing thread!) Some of the manufacturers of this thread are Madeira, Sulky, Robison-Anton, Isacord, Marathon, Kingstar and Floriani and can be found in most fabric stores.
What designs are available?
I have thousands of designs in my collection in Jewish themes, as well as other categories. I am happy to send images to look at in a particular category and the thread/fabric colors can be customized. If I don’t have something that meets the client’s needs, I will provide links to several embroidery sites online and will purchase a reasonably priced design.
If you have a picture that you want to turn into an embroidery design, it must be digitized into a format that an embroidery machine can read. The fee for digitizing starts at $25 and is based on the size, complexity of the design and number of color changes. See the digitizing page for a more in-depth description of the process.
Do you provide other (sewing) services?
If you have a shawl or scarf that you want to make into a tallit, in addition to the embroidered atarah and/or corners, I can attach additional silk in a complementary color to make it wider/longer and embellish with stripes, borders or other embroidered designs. In the case of a lightweight fabric, a lining can be added. I can also attach the embroidered pieces to the garment and tie the tzitzit. Sewing labor is billed at $30/hour, but I usually give a flat price once I inspect the garment to determine what needs to be done. I do not work on garments made by customers or assemble a tallit with fabrics/trims sent to me.
As seen on other pages on this site, I also make coordinating accessories such as kippot and tallit bags. Prices start at $40 for a kippah and $65 for a bag. A quote will be given after the design is decided.
Many of my customers make needlepointed atarot or tallit bags. I can stretch and block the finished piece before it is assembled for a small additional charge. See example HERE.
What forms of payment do you accept?
All custom embroidery must be paid in full before the item is made — no exceptions. For custom orders, a 50% deposit is required with the balance due before the order ships. I will provide drawings, screen shots and pictures of the finished product.
I accept (and prefer) personal checks or money orders. For payment by major credit, I will send an invoice through Square which can be processed online. Credit card processing fees continue to rise and can be costly for a small business like mine. Therefore, all online credit card payments over $50 will have a 4% fee added.