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How To Embroider on Hats

9th September 2008

How To Embroider on Hats

Embroidering hats can be a great profit center for your business.  Like most other types of machine embroidery, there are certain things you should keep in mind when embroidering hats.  If you follow the tips given below, you should find that embroidering caps and hats is an easy and painless process.

Tip #1:  Design Size Matters –  When it comes to embroidering a hat, smaller designs generally work better than larger designs.   Your design should fit into the flat area of the cap where you will be embroidering.   The size of that area will determine the size of your design.

Tip #2: Make a Template –  Making a design template will help you place the designs properly on the hat.  It will also be of help with hooping the hat.   Using a template will give you the cross lines you need to hoop your hat correctly.

 Tip #3:  Use random designs –  Hats are hard to hoop and it is difficult to ensure they are in the hoop straight.  Using designs that are random and don’t require being centered can help you avoid the problems a hat that is hooped crookedly can cause.

Tip #4: Avoid Square Designs – Square designs do require straight hooping and  proper centering, which may be difficult to do.  If at all possible, avoid these sorts of designs.

Tip #5:  Use Backing Developed for CapsBacking designed for caps will enhance the clarity and crispness of your embroidered designs.  Backing will also help maintain the tension on the bobbin thread.

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  1. 1 On March 6th, 2012, pam said:

    Hi… I am using a melco EMT 4 HEAD
    My on going nightmare is baseball caps (sized and fitted) with a 2 color, 2letter staggard intertwined design. My registration will not hold up no matter what I try. EXAMPLES…underlays…density…column width… compensation…babysitting with my fingers dangerously…


  2. 2 On March 6th, 2012, kristine said:

    Hi Pam,

    I sent you question to our resident Melco expert and I’ll also talk to my production people here and see if they have any suggestions for you. As soon as I have something to suggest, I’ll share it here in the comments and e-mail you as well.

  3. 3 On July 3rd, 2013, Alicia Hamilton said:

    I don’t have any suggestions, but I am in the same boat as Pam. I have a EMC4 (4-head melco) I am running hats on now and I have registration problems, needle breaks and thread breaks, it is giving me nervous breaks ( ha ha). I think maybe the problem is the structured cap buckram is plastic and the needles seem to be hitting the plastic and breaking. I have oiled and done every trick in the book, slowed the machine down, I am out of ideas with this and have about 350 more of these hats to run. HELP!!!!!! IS THERE ANYONE OUT THERE THAT CAN HELP, any advice will help and yes I have about 12 yrs experience also, but this is about to get the best of me. Is there a special needle besides just sharps for hats? What are the best needles?

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