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 || 27 tomers would like the logo to be positioned close to the top of the pocket, and more im- portantly, they want every shirt in their order to be consistent. Setting a design to stitch 1/4" above a pocket would be done as follows. First, set the start and stop position to be the bottom center. Next, set an offset of 1/4" below the design. With an offset start and stop, the operator can index the machine so that the needle is posi- tioned on the top edge of the pocket. When the operator presses the start button on the embroidery machine, the machine will index the first 1/4" up, and then treat the design as a bottom center. The bottom edge of the design will be exactly 1/4" from the top of the pocket. As long as the operator ensures that future garments are hooped and positioned with the needle exactly on the top edge of the pocket, every garment will be embroi- dered with precision accuracy. User defined start/stop: The final position that will be described is a user defined start and stop position. This is perfect when attempting to repair a garment that has been removed from the hoop. For example, an operator is doing the personalization "Jacob, " and something happens during production so that the "c" in Jacob is damaged. The operator can remove the stitching in the "c." Next, the file with Jacob can be set for the start and stop to be at the last stitch of the "a" in Jacob. Next, all characters except the "c" can be deleted and the file saved with a new name. The design can be rehooped and then positioned so that the machine is on the last stitch of the "a." The machine will index to the correct starting location of the "c" and then stitch that letter to result in a perfect garment rather than a reject. There are many different approaches to setting the start and stop position of designs. If alignment and accuracy are not a great concern, simply leave the start and stop at the center. If you need to achieve specific positioning, utilize the above techniques to help create a stress-free production process. Using a user defined start and stop, you can more easily correct mistakes, espe- cially with broken sections, such as a string of letters. With an offset start/stop, precision alignment is easy and will give consistent results with each run.

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