May '20

For the Business of Apparel Decorating

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5 4 P R I N T W E A R M A Y 2 0 2 0 be set appropriately on the outer ring for the fabric. This must be done for each and every piece for quality control. During this process, there can be many frustrations that occur – shift / movement between the top and bottom parts of the hoop, tension adjustment, crooked fram- ing, inconsistent placements among sev- eral pieces, and more. For these problems, a hooping station eases these issues and improves efficiency. A hooping station typi- cally uses a shirt board and specific fixtures for the frames. One popular manufacturer used their own experience to produce sever- al hooping aids for common problems. The most popular product is the Hoopmaster Hooping Station. The Hoopmaster includes easy-to- use tools to make framing garments fast, efficient, and consistent. The shirt board uses a number and letter grid for reliable results in placement – and allows the operators to document set- tings for repeat or similar orders. This grid is essential in uniformity and al- leviates several problems in quality control. Rather than measuring each piece, the operator can just position the garment in the documented grid setting for each framing. In addition, the shirt board has holes to accommo- date the pins mounted on the various fixtures. The fixture is what holds the hoop and backing in place and ensures that the hoop is straight. There are sev- eral fixtures available – depending on what type of hoop is used. The fixture has a cut-out for the exact hoop size with a raised rim. The hoop lays per- fectly inside the cut-out, and the rim allows for the garment to be entirely sandwiched in between the top and bottom parts of the hoop with the correct depth. The fixture also has New hoops have expanded the capabilities of embroidery and the substrates that can be used. (Images courtesy ZSK Machines)

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