Printwear

May '20

For the Business of Apparel Decorating

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2 0 2 0 M A Y P R I N T W E A R 5 3 companies find solutions to common issues and continue advancing the industry by introducing new and innovative products. In following the example above, items that are rigid or that cannot use a standard hoop must use a different framing approach. One popular aid for stiff materials is a clamping system. This tool attaches to the machine either on the pantograph or using the tubu- lar arms and has interchangeable windows of different sizes. The window has a bottom and top piece just like a standard hoop, but instead of the top section fitting inside the bottom section, the top and bottom parts clamp together, holding the material in be- tween. Not only are there tools to help with gar- ments like these, but also new and emerging devices that allow embroidery on unusual items such as shoes, pockets, gloves, and cap bills. These devices are very design intuitive but have also created new markets in our industry. As embroidery offerings expand, more opportunity emerges for individuals and businesses. HOOPING AIDS FOR ALIGNMENT AND CONSISTENCY Getting back to the basics of hooping, one of the most common problems is proper design alignment on the garment itself. When framing a traditional left-chest shirt, there are guidelines regarding placement so that the design is prominent and appropri- ately positioned. Usually, an operator mea- sures from specific points on the shirt to align the center point of the embroidery in the center of the hoop. Once the placement is determined, the bottom of the hoop is placed underneath the top layer of the shirt with backing in place (the backing must cover the entire hooping section). Then, the operator lays the top part of the hoop on other side of the shirt and presses it into the bottom piece. After this, the tension must Specialty hooping systems help align even the most basic of designs like a left-chest design. (Images courtesy ZSK Machines)

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