March '17

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T he hooping process is a crucial part of producing consistent and quality embroidery. Un- fortunately, it is also one of the most complicated steps. Embroidery can be done on an array of items that vary in material, size, construc- tion, and placement. This makes hooping a never-ending learning experience. Since left-chest embroidery is the most common placement for hooping, this ar- ticle will center on that process. Do note, however, that although the fo- cus is on left-chest hooping, many of the steps will be the same no matter what type of item and placement you use. Regardless of placement or substrate, the goal when hooping is to hold the item being embroi- dered as securely as possible, and with con- sistent placement. HOOP SELECTION The first step is to find the best hoop for the job. There are many different types of hoops on the market that can provide different advantages in the way they hold fabric, and how easily they can be hooped on an item. Standard plas- tic hoops come with almost every commercial machine. So, we will use this type on our project. The smaller the hoop, the bet- ter, so long as it gives you enough room to avoid hitting the hoop with the needle and presser foot. A smaller size will make it easier to stabilize the gar- ment in the hoop, provide less stretching of the fabric, better registration, and fewer problems after the hoop is removed. The 5.5" hoop, normally called a 15cm, is the most common size for normal left- and right-chest hooping. MARKING YOUR SHIRT FOR PROPER PLACEMENT To properly hoop an item, we need to fig- Proper Placement Hooping tricks for left-chest designs B Y J E S S E M A C K Hooping accessories can help you lineup placement again and again with grids, letters and numbers acting as a guide. (Images at left, courtesy TEX INC.; image below, courtesy Midwest Products) Jesse Mack is one of the owners of Wisconsin-based Midwest Products Inc. He has been a part of the embroidery industry for more than 30 years. Mack started in the industry in 1983 at his family's embroidery business, Midwest Embroidery. In 1998 the HoopMaster was created out of his families own need for a fast and accurate hooping system. Soon after, it was patented and Midwest Products Inc. was formed to manufacture and sell the hooping system. Mack continues to develop new products for the embroidery industry and recently patented the magnetic Mighty hoop. 72 || P R I N T W E A R M A R C H 2 0 1 7

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