Ten Tips for Baseball Cap Embroidery
Embroidery on caps is one of the most challenging tasks, because they have a whole set of special features that render usual embroidery equipment unfit for them.
Use only those caps that will really fit your cap frames. It doesn't matter what you're doing: walking along the street, taking part in a corporate event or even — you never know — supporting you team during a baseball match, you see baseball caps everywhere, and they all look identical to you. What you can't even imagine is that there are numerous types of baseball caps depending on their size, shape, number of panels, and that means that not every type will fit your cap frames. In order to avoid poor quality embroidery, you should buy several models of baseball caps and try to embroider a pattern. See where it fits better. Try to offer only these types of baseball caps to your clients, but in case they insist on a particular model, see if it fits your уour embroidery equipment first.
Don't economize on cap frames. The law of embroidery on baseball caps states that it is better to spend some money in order to buy various cap frames than to be able to embroider very few types of caps. So, if you plan to offer some promotional embroidery on baseball caps to your clients, buy a selection of cap frames. By doing so you will considerably expand your possibilities.
Buy a 270 frame, too. It is useful because it enables you to embroider both the front and the sides of the cap simultaneously. Such a cap will look good and creatively different.
Don't let the embroidery design height slip you mind. Every cap model implies design height of it's own. A 5 cm design height is standard for cap embroidery. If a design is too big, embroidery in the areas beyond the recommended 5 cm limit will come out warped, possibly with other defects. But you can go up to 5.75 cm on low profile and up to 6.25 cm on high profile.
How to handle a wide design. If the machine embroidery design on the front of a 6-panel baseball cap is wider than 10 cm or you need to embroider small letters close to the peak, you should digitize from the middle of design outward.
How to cope with puckering seams problem. Puckering center seams are the embroiderer's nightmare. They cause pulling and warp, which may damage your work. But there are some helpful tips on how to make an embroidery over a center seam neat and good-looking.
- Try to choose baseball caps with flat center seams, this will help to avoid tension and warp.
- Use a 80/12 needle, it won't bend when penetrating a seam.
- You should also use a sharp point instead of a ballpoint needle.
- Better use teflon-coated needles, because they penetrate the fabric more easily than traditional stainless steel ones.
- Also use polyester thread, which is stronger than rayon and will reduce the chance of a embroidery thread breakage.
- If your design includes lettering with an outline, digitize so that one letter is complete before moving to the next letter.
Choose you stabilizer properly. If you embroider on a soft cap, use a stiff backing or the design will be distorted. If you embroider on a leather cap, increase stitch length and column width whilst reducing the density of fill stitches, because the large number of perforations creates the "etching effect", and the design may pop out. Use a single, continuous piece of backing when working with a 270 frame.
Use your appliques carefully. Better not to use heavier weight fabrics with a high pile, such as corduroy or fleece for appliques on baseball caps. The stitches will sink into the pile and become invisible.
Digitize a unique machine embroidery design for a cap. Some "experts" think that for a cap you can use a design digitized for an embroidery, say, on a pocket. Though these designs may look alike, they use different types and density of fill stitches, and also different techniques. Please remember that baseball cap designs should be digitized separately and be unique, or the unsatisfactory result will be guaranteed.
Before ordering a embroidery design for embroidery on baseball caps you should tell the master all information required: the fabric of which the caps are made, the number of planes, the width of the center seam, the height of the crown. This will help to create a quality design.