April '17

For the Business of Apparel Decorating

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2 0 1 7 A P R I L P R I N T W E A R || 25 the design itself. Most software programs allow you to modify the start and stop positioning through a dialog box which makes ad- justments an easy task. The following show some of the possibilities and useful ways to use start and stop positions. Center start/stop: The center start/stop position is the most commonly used and it does exactly what it says. The indexing po- sition of the machine is based off the center of the design. This is useful as the start and stop indexing is always at the center of the design. With this positioning, you find the center of the hoop, trace, and make adjustments. You will never need to worry about design po- sitioning errors. As long as the garment is properly hooped. Once you find a proper hooping position, you will produce an order knowing that every item will be in the same location. Bottom center start/stop: The bottom center start and stop will index the ma- chine based off the bottom of a design. For example, when doing a cap, it is im- portant for the embroidery to be prop- erly positioned to avoid hitting the bill of the cap or extending beyond the top cur- vature of the cap. If the design goes too low, it can hit the bill of the cap or the band that is present on many cap frames. If it goes too high and tries to go beyond the top curvature, the top of the hat will press against the end of the bobbin case and distort the embroidery. The problem with using a center start and stop is that it requires a high level of measuring to find the right location. If a design is 2.5" tall, the center point will be 1.25" from both the top and the bottom. In order to calculate the proper position- ing on the product, the user must mea- sure, find the center, and then mark it on the product. Another option is to utilize embroidery software and print the design at actual size with the center position of the design marked. After it is printed, it can be cut out and then positioned on the product. The operator can index the embroidery machine to the marked start and stop location and then run the production. For caps, the greatest concern is that the embroidery machine will index too low and hit something. Setting the start and stop location to the bottom of the design guarantees that the embroi- dery machine will not index below that exact point. This is great, especially for larger designs, as the operator never has to worry about the machine stitching below the indicated point. After the embroidery is finished, the machine will return to the bottom cen- ter location of the design. Once again, it is important to clarify that altering the start and stop indexing position does not change the way the design stitches. The digitized file always controls that. First stitch start and last stitch stop: There are times when you don't want a design to start at its originating point. A perfect ex-

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