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5 Simple Steps to Headwear "Hooping" B Y E R I C H C A M P B E L L B Y E R I C H C A M P B E L L A P P A R E L D E C O R A T I N G 2 6 G R A P H I C S P R O A U G U S T 2 0 2 1 G R A P H I C S - P R O. C O M F raming up caps on wide-format hoops can seem daunting at first, but with a few sim- ple steps and care taken at the most critical points in the process, you can make the most stable substrate possible for your embroidery designs. With your cap straps open and materi- als at hand, it's time to "hoop" some headwear. Step One: Place your cap frame on the firmly mount- ed gauge and open the attached straps. Step Two: Place the stabilizer on the frame, sliding it under the alignment bracket. Note: For complete stability, especially on unstruc- tured caps, you may want to use a length of stabilizer that spans entirely from one of the rear posts around the frame to the other post as these posts provide the only stable object to which the cap's crown will be attached along the vertical axis of your design. Using a full span of dimensionally stable material from post to post creates a cylinder of material with complete attachment to the full area of the horizontal and verti- With the stabilizer temporarily clipped in place, it's easy to see how the full ring setup creates a firm, structural element to fill out and stabilize the cap crown. (All images courtesy Erich Campbell)

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