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 || 89 This needle type can be used for both knits and caps. For heavily seamed, structured caps, stock a 80/12 sharp. Alternatively, the 75/11 ballpoint nee- dle is a very versatile needle and will serve most of your embroidery needs. Also, make sure you have extra bobbin cases on hand, otherwise you may find your shop shut down while you are out searching for them. In addition, here are items you'll need to have at some point in the embroidery process: • Precision screw drivers for adjusting the tension on bobbin cases and also for switching out needles to comply with thread type and/or fabric. • A locking clamp (a hemostat with protective rubber tips and handles) to hold needles in place while you tighten the screw with your preci- sion screw driver. • Shears for trimming and cutting backing. • Fine tip, curved scissors and bent tweezers for precision thread trim- ming. • Lint rollers to remove lint and thread trimming off of finished garments. • A stitch eraser for removing mis- takes. • Needle nose pen oiler for precision lubrication. • Canned air to keep the rotary hook area clean and for cleaning out bob- bin cases. • Plastic containers with lids to keep thread clean and safe. • Hooping device, essential for straight, consistent hooping. • Upper thread and bobbin tension gauges to ensure proper tension at all times. NANCY MINI, MADEIRA USA The type and quantity of thread you need is an important factor to consider for any em- broidery shop. (Image courtesy Madeira)

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