If you're an embroidery shop and have recently taken an order for snap back hats, army hats or other types of caps, you might be wondering just how you're going to fill that order. As any embroidery shop owner knows, embroidering a curved surface of hat is much different than embroidering a flat polo shirt, sweatshirt or T-shirt. Instead of trying to tackle the tricky embroidery process that's unique to a cap, consider finding a company that's experienced with hats. There are three steps that cap embroiderers will be able to consider that you might not have thought of.
A Custom Baseball Hat Must Be Specially Hooped
If you have experience with embroidering other garments, you're probably well-versed in hooping. Hooping is the process of pulling the surface to be embroidered so that it's taut, however, you don't want to stretch it past the fabric's normal pull. Hooping a shirt is a much different process than hooping a custom baseball hat. The curved surface of a cap requires special attention so it isn't something that should be attempted by someone without experience -- if it isn't hooped correctly, the design's embroidery could be off-center, misshaped or just generally flawed.
Logos Must Be Digitized
A flat professional logo combined with the curved surface of snap back hats or army hats just don't mix. In order to embroider on a curved surface, your professional logo must be digitized. While some embroiderers may think this just includes running the professional logo through a photo scanning machine, it's a little more complicated than that. A technician who's experienced in digitizing a professional logo will be able to convert your professional logo into a format that's easily read by embroidery machinery.
A Stabilizer Is A Vital Part Of Ensuring The Quality Of Your Finished Project
If you don't know what a stabilizer is or aren't sure which kind to use on hats, definitely outsource your project. A stabilizer is a special piece of fabric that will help give it a little bit of structure. There are a number of different types of stabilizers, including cutaway and tear-away types. Although cutaway and tear-away might sound like the same thing, they're not. A cutaway stabilizer is one that's meant to stay permanently attached to the cap or garment, while a tear-away stabilizer is a temporary measure that's designed to be easily removed after the design is embroidered onto the cap or garment.
Special care should be taken to hoop the stabilizer with the fabric. This means that they will both be pulled to the same tautness and this will help ensure that there aren't any fabric bubbles or unevenness.
The first time you work on embroidering snap back hats, army hats or other types of caps shouldn't be for a customer. Instead, look for a company that can help you outsource projects like this. If you're interested in gaining experience with these types of garments, buy a couple caps for yourself and start practicing making your own custom baseball hat. This will give you the experience necessary to start taking on these projects yourself. However, you might find that your experience with outsourcing is so simple that you don't need to tackle it yourself.