November '15

For the Business of Apparel Decorating

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2 0 1 5 N O V E M B E R P R I N T W E A R || 69 this process will not work with all logos as there comes a point when there are too many layers of stitching. Placing two pieces of tearaway backing between the old design and new design can help prevent the old design from coming through. The larger the area of stitching in the original design, the more difficult it will be to cover up the design in this manner. Too many stitches will distort the garment, make the embroidery area too stiff and cause production problems such as thread breaks and nee- dle breaks. ing removed from the hoop, but if not, simply use the following steps to recover. Step 1: Remove the portion of the design that is incorrect. Use a commercial stitch eraser, a ra- zor blade or any method you would normally use to remove the incorrect stitching. Step 2: Create a new letter to replace the in- correct letter and set the start and stop point on an easily identifiable portion of the design. Most software programs allow for the manual selection of a design start and stop point. This serves as nothing more than a reference point. The machine will not actually place any stitches at this location. It will simply be the starting and ending point of the indexing of the embroidery machine. Step 3: Remove all of the other portions of the design and save the new file. The only portion that should be saved is the actual replacement embroidery. Step 4: Rehoop the garment as straight as pos- sible. Place the embroidery needle on the estab- lished start and stop point. Step 5: Run the embroidery machine. FIXING A MAJOR ERROR Sometimes a mistake is not as simple as removing a small section and fixing it. Sometimes an error is a major mistake. In this case, it is time to get creative. Rather than throwing out the garments, save them for an order that has a logo that will cover the original. Do note, however, that Top left: If possible, it is always best fix a small mistake before the garment is removed from the hoop. Top right: Remove the incorrect letter using a commercial stitch eraser, a razor blade, or any other normal stitch removal method. Above: Using a set start and stop point, stitch in the correct letter.

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