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2 8 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 Step Five: Smooth the side panels of the cap, working from the center of the hat toward the back, and clip any loose material to the posts at the back of the frame, eliminating as much wrinkling as possible. If you have temporarily clipped the stabilizer to the posts, you may have to remove those clips and use them to clip both the material and stabilizer to the posts. Note: Though the clip configuration differs from frame to frame, the aim of these back clips remains the same throughout. Smooth out the side panels and firmly adhere the sides to the rear posts to enhance stability for the run. Your caps are now ready to run. Your best results will come from using caps that are friendly to the embroidery process and designs properly digitized for the shifting landscape that is the cap crown. By and large, all cap designs should stitch with the apparent motion of the needle bottom up and center out. That said, without properly framing them up, any cap and design can suffer. GP ERICH CAMPBELL has more than 18 years' experience as an award-winning digitizer, eCommerce manager, and industry educator. He empowers decora- tors to do their best work and achieve a greater success. A current educator and long-time contributor to industry trade publications, Erich takes every opportu- nity to provide value to the industry. LEARN ABOUT OTHER DECORATING OPTIONS FOR HEADWEAR HERE: Even on an unstructured hat, this dense, tall 3D-foam design can stand on its own and maintain registration when the cap has been securely hooped and stabilized. This cap was improperly framed, and the design was improperly placed, allowing the top of the equipment in the design to stray too far into the cap crown. Stitching too high in the bubble at the top dead center of a six-panel hat can cause excessive shifting; the underlay popping out and the visible distortion are part of that shifting.

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