Cap embroidery presents unique challenges to many embroiderers. No two cap brands or styles are the same. The panels are all cut differently and the front panels are backed and constructed differently. This means that it is very difficult to make a cap framing system that fits every possible cap product with exactly the same result. For this challenge, we need to expand two skill sets, a) digitizing and b) machine operation.
A design that was digitized for a left chest application, may or may not be applicable for a finished cap application. Depending upon the construction elements found in a particular design, these elements may not be suitable for a suspended, arched cap frame.
There are several things the machine operator can do to improve the run-ability of caps:
One last thought when embroidering caps; do both the front and side panels on the same run. Even though cap frames were designed to run embroidery on a horizontal plane that theoretically spans 270 degrees of cap frame rotation, the actual sewing field may be limited. Once again, the construction of the individual cap will dictate whether you can comfortably frame that particular style of cap and effectively embroider the side panels on the same run. If the embroidery design and the cap design permit you to do so, by all means do so. If you can’t turn the sweatband where it is sewn to the adjustment strap, consider another option for that application. Sew the front embroidery as you normally would and then run the sides with a different framing system designed by Fast Frames, either the clamping model or the one that uses sticky backing.
Once you learn the skill sets to work with this unique medium, you will find excellent results with minimal additional effort.