April '17

For the Business of Apparel Decorating

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26 || P R I N T W E A R A P R I L 2 0 1 7 THREAD ... ACCORDING TO ED ample of this is when you have a product that might require multiple hoopings due to a large size or working with a split-front garment. The first stitch start ignores all centering instructions, and the embroidery machine will start stitching immediately at the first stitch without indexing. Other variations can alter the starting position with the goal of ending at the last stitch. The last stitch stopping position stops the machine index- ing at the very last stitch of the design without indexing back to center. For example, when do- ing a large design or a long patterned border, the machine will stitch the first design, starting at the first stitch, then embroider the design, and end at the last stitch. The operator can slide the material if using a clamp or border frame or rehoop the object. Now, the operator will load the second design and index the embroidery machine to the last stitch created. The second portion of the de- sign will be set to first stitch start and last stitch stop. Since the machine is positioned to begin at the first stitch and the indexing location is on the last stitch of the prior design, the embroidery machine will pick up stitching exactly where it left off. This process can be repeated many times over for continuous embroidery. Many interior decorators will utilize this to create patterns on furniture, bedding, and drapery. Offset start/stop: An offset start/stop allows some great creativity. When dealing with a logo that is to be positioned above a pocket, many cus- Above and left: A long design can be broken up and split into pieces for multiple hoopings. Right: The bottom center start/stop is offset 1/4" down from the bottom of the design.

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