May '20

For the Business of Apparel Decorating

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5 2 P R I N T W E A R M A Y 2 0 2 0 FRAMING GUIDELINES Hoops come in all different shapes and sizes to accommodate the several products available to embroider. The most common configurations are squares, rectangles, and circles. The square and rectangular-shaped frames tend to have rounded (contoured) corners as the curved areas can grasp the material tightly. The linear sections of the structure still hold the content, but these sections are not as secure as the curved piec- es. With these hoops, the stitch area is big- ger comparatively, but many operators pre- fer circular frames as they are more reliable in holding the garment. As a rule of thumb, try to pick the smallest hoop that can ac- commodate the design safely and securely. After picking the hoop, also consider that not all garments are the same. Characteris- tics vary in so many aspects that we must consider and determine the best tool for each. For example, a winter jacket is bulky and thick. The coat may not work well with a plastic hoop as the garment slips too much within the plastic, or the frame can- not physically adjust to the garment. At this point, it is necessary to consider a different type of hoop, such as a wooden frame or a magnetic frame. The wooden hoop will grip the fabric much better than a plastic hoop because of the pure traits of wood ver- sus plastic. The wooden hoop will also have the tension screw to help secure the top and bottom parts of the frame. The popu- lar magnetic hoop can aid in holding thick or bulky materials since strong magnets are embedded within the frame and can grasp the fabric well. PRODUCT RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT Several manufacturers (embroidery equip- ment and non-equipment) concentrate on producing frames for those hard-to-hoop items as well as specialty placements. These Magnetic hoops help accommodate a wide variety of items. (Im- ages courtesy ZSK Machines)

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