October '15

For the Business of Apparel Decorating

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2 0 1 5 O C T O B E R P R I N T W E A R || 51 outer pockets look easy to embroider, but can't accommodate your machine's cylin- der arm, or aren't large enough to let the hoop move freely without popping your bag loose. In these instances, you have a few options to help beat bad construction. 1. Use alternate hooping methods. If your bag has a clear area, but thick seams or panels that won't allow your hoop to close, you may be able to use a ma- chine-mounted clamp, or, a flat adhe- sive-backing frame. Or, if no specialty devices are available, you can hoop a piece of adhesive backing and stick the decoration area down after hooping. With heavy bags, this may mean you need to find a way to support the weight of the bag during the initial steps of stitching. You can also increase stability by digitizing long, easily removed bast- ing stitches to securely tack the bag to the backing before the main decoration runs. I have often used underlay stitch- ing in the initial element of a design to serve the same purpose to avoid later re- moval, especially when the bag is fairly stable with adhesive backing alone. 2. Embroider indirectly. If a bag just can't be directly stitched, like hard-shelled Tool bags like this don't offer much purchase for embroidery. None of these pockets are large enough to accommodate the cylinder arm of an embroidery machine, and if that weren't enough, the slots inside run behind open areas toward the top of the bag and a metal bar set into a sleeve just inside the edge of the zipper prevents almost any kind of hooping. Even the side pockets on this tool bag didn't open fully enough to allow the bag to drop out of the way when stitching which kept us from hooping normally even with our smallest hoops. An indi- rect decoration method could have worked, but the flat, smooth areas available for adhering a patch to the bag weren't as large as the customer wanted. (Image Courtesy Erich Campbell) This wine tote immedi- ately screams trouble. While the felt is able to accept detailed em- broidery, the narrow tubular shape is not the best suited to embroi- dery without specialty machinery. Though we might have managed a small logo in the neck of the tote, maybe 1.5" in diameter, the company culture demanded bold logos for their promo- tional gifts. This meant that print was a natural choice to get the most decoration area cov- ered. (Photo courtesy Erich Campbell) HART ENTERPRISES Improve Your Embroidery Business With These Too! Indispensable books about the business of embroidery – for veterans and newbies alike! Professional Embroidery: Business by Design Take a look at the entire business of embroidery and learn time-saving and profit-enhancing ways to improve your business! • • 540-999-8445 And try these everyday too• for making your business run smoothly. business run smoothly. Professional Embroidery: Stitching by Design Hone your professional stitching skills and expand your creative approach to design! • Hart Forms • Center Point Ruler 12" & 24" for finding the center quickly • Circular Monogram • Calligraphy Alphabet • Tonal and Color Selectors • Photo Frame Cards— Great for Embroidery Presentations! • eBooks on Hooping, Placement, Caps, Patches and MORE! • Check out our website for upcoming embroidery and digitizing classes as well as new books • Authorized Wilcom Distributor

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