May '18

For the Business of Apparel Decorating

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sturdy and require minimal stabilizing, all will benefit from using some backing and/or topping in order to produce the best results. We'll take a close look at a few bags to see about design placement, hooping method, and when to consider deconstruction. HOOPING METHODS The main purpose of hooping is to sta- bilize fabric that is being embroidered in order to avoid distortion or lines being out of registration. Outline stitches not lining up properly is a common example of what can occur when hooping is not handled correctly. Your first step is to choose a hoop that is slightly larger than the design itself. Choosing as small a hoop as possible will give you more control and less chance of movement. However, you also need to 2 0 1 8 M A Y P R I N T W E A R || 55 The woven material makes it difficult to embroider on and a water-soluble topping is neces- sary. Below: This flower design is placed so near the bottom of the bag the sides needed to be let out to allow machine access.

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