I'm going to make "mantles" for our HMC graduates again this year, but I'm having a difficult time finding the letters to applique to them. I thought I had a source, but, while the 2" letters were beautiful, the numbers that I ordered (zero and nine), which were described as being 1" tall, turned out to be only 3/4" tall, and proportionally smaller in general. Too small to work opposite the letters.
And I spent a chunk of money on shipping a handful of featherweight letters in a box via UPS that could've easily been shipped via Priority Mail in a padded envelope for a much lower cost. In communication with the vendor, I found that they do not ship their own merchandise...it's drop shipped from a warehouse and they had no control over how it was shipped. Furthermore, when I requested a shipping credit on a set of twos and zeros, so I could put '2009' opposite 'HMC', I was told I could return the too-small letters at the company's expense, but they could not waive the shipping charges on a new order. I didn't object to purchasing additional numbers; I just didn't want to pay another ridiculous shipping charge for something that literally would fit in a regular envelope; if the description had been accurate I would've ordered everything together. But the company preferred processing a return...and paying return shipping...to just issuing a credit for shipping on a new order.
But I had pulled the numbers from their original packaging, trying to arrange them to see if they would work, so they are not returnable.
For obvious reasons, I do not want to order numbers or letters or anything else from these folks. But I can't find ANYONE else who sells white script-style embroidered letters/numbers fusible appliques.
Does anyone have a source?