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Offering clients options in customized caps is a must have service capability for every embroidering business. While many embroiderers find the decision to purchase lids ready for personalization an easy one, mastering the art of lid embroidery can prove a bit tricky. Fortunately, embroidery experts can use some helpful quick tips to help simplify the process and deliver a noteworthy final product.

DIY Craft Essential #1: Washi tape

You'd be surprised at how many things you can do, and how many tutorials out there are obsessed, with washi tape. The versatile paper tape with adorable designs makes great wall decor, paper crafts or can even spruce up your furniture.

DIY Craft Essential #2: Needle nose pliers

This tiny tool is great for small projects. "This is not only your go­-to tool for opening and closing jump rings, bending wire, and securing crimp beads and ribbon ends, but pliers are also great for cutting through jewelry chain and wire," said Morin.

Ways To Increase Seamless Stitching On Caps And Hats

If you're looking to sharpen your cap customization stitching skills try the following tips for a flawless execution:

Start with the logo: When working with client logos and graphics, digitizing the logo specifically for a cap design can effectively streamline the process. Even if you've worked with a client's logo previously on other garments, re-digitizing the format can help you achieve a perfect stitching fit. If the design includes lettering, also consider outlining at least one letter completely for perfect alignment.

Consider the gear: When it comes to personalizing lids, there really isn't a “one-size-fits-all” approach. Investing in a variety of frames is a great way to complement a wide range of hats and caps as well as ensure you are ready with the gear your clients need to quickly make their marketing vision a reality. You may also want to consider making one of them a 270 frame to instantly grant you the capability of wraparound stitching.

DIY Craft Essential #3: X-acto knife

If you love stationary crafts, jewelry crafts or any delicate work -- you'll need a proper cutting tool. Not all scissors can do the job. "Remember first using scissors and cutting along the dotted lines in grade school?" Morin asked. "Hopefully, you’re attempting more challenging crafts as an adults."

DIY Craft Essential #4: Spray paint

Acrylic paints are also great for any DIY starter kit. However, if you're looking for a perfect, seamless finish on your furniture, art and home decor -- make some space to spray. It doesn't hurt to keep some cans in your favorite colors (as long as you store them properly).


Consider the gear, Part Deux: Of course, while buying an assortment of frames initially is a great way to get into hat stitching, you'll also want to work with your existing equipment for a host of reasons (you already know the process with your current inventory, you won't have to incur extra expenses to buy new frames, etc.). Whenever possible, partner with your clients to select a cap that works with the gear you already have for optimal efficiency.

Backing is important: While the right framing apparatus is critical, having a proper backing material can also play a major role in the finished piece. Choose an appropriate backing based on the specific material of the cap for best results.

Select the right lid: Choosing quality products is always a critical factor to success. Cheaply designed and poorly made hats can quickly misshapen during the embroidery process. Additionally, a low quality lid may have non-uniform/crooked bills that will never showcase a straight stitching look. In short, opting for a low-quality hat may save a few dollars initially, but is ultimately setting your firm up for failure.

Know your stitching canvas: While there are endless design options possible on modern hats and caps, it's still a good idea to carefully consider space before threading up. All baseball caps can easily showcase get a 2.5 inch tall by 5.5 inch wide logo. However, visors, buckets and army hats will warrant extra attention. Plan on maxing out at around 1.5 inches high on these style caps for a final design format that will really maximize available canvas and overall visual impact.

Get to stitching: You're officially ready to start your cap-stitching project! Try starting your stitches in the middle of the cap, especially on wider layouts and designs. A centralized beginning stitch will not only help with overall spacing, but it can also help embroiderers avoid the ever-dreaded cap “pucker” that can quickly make a lid look as if it was managed by a rookie firm.

DIY Craft Essential #5: Painter's tape

Painter's tape is "perfect for for attempting the c​olor block trend," said Morin. Plus, you'll need something to keep your projects neat and tidy, no matter what type of paints you use.

DIY Craft Essential #6: Hot glue gun

There are some tools that are too functional not to have. "This is one DIY workhorse tool you shouldn't do without," said Morin. Hot melt glue works on a variety of materials.
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