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S T A R T H E R E 2 0 2 0 15 lays perfectly inside the cut-out, and the rim allows for the garment to be entirely sandwiched in between the top and bot- tom parts of the hoop with the correct depth. The fixture also has my favorite feature: magnets that hold the backing in place over the lower ring. It keeps the backing taut while the garment is hooped and reinforces the fabric. Lastly, the fix- ture has unique arms that hold the hoop perfectly square with the work surface and directly over the lower ring. The fixture can be positioned on dif- ferent parts of the shirt board to accom- modate a variety of placements that may be required. The fixture can also be used on other stations, one being the Freestyle Arm. This arm aids in several aspects of hard-to-hoop items like backs of caps, shirt sleeves, cuffs, collars, pant legs, and more. All in all, the hooping station makes embroidery life a lot easier. RESEARCH AND EVALUATE It can certainly be overwhelming to learn best hooping practices and to know what frames are best to use when. In my experience, I have found that talking to knowledgeable, seasoned decorators and manufacturers yields some great advice. Evaluate the products that must be deco- rated, how they can be decorated, and what is the easiest method to decorate them—and what opportunities may be available. The more quality, consistent products that are delivered, the more capital is generated. New hoops have expanded the capabilities of embroidery and the substrates that can be used. (Images courtesy ZSK Machines) Getting back to the basics of hooping, one of the most common problems is proper design alignment on the garment itself.

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