By Lacey Stephens, Supplies Specialist
There are different ways and products to use when embroidering backs of caps. Back cap embroidery is very popular among team sports, work wear, and any form of advertising. For example, phone numbers, small company logos, or a team players jersey number.
A popular question I receive is which products can I use for these. You have different options depending on the amount of money you want to spend, but in the end, it will be faster and easier and well worth the cost.
First, you can use your standard 12cm tubular hoop that came with your machine and a Hoopmaster back cap fixture with an arm base. The fixture has lines and numbers on it for the same consistency every time. Consistency can be difficult with backs of caps and Hoopmaster is well known for making products to help with this issue.
The next product you can use will be the Durkee 7 in 1 EZ Frame set. This set includes 7 windows for different sized projects, and one of these will be for a cap back. You will need Filmoplast sticky paper backing for this frame to hold the cap into place. They are simple to use and reasonably affordable and they have guides on each side for easy alignment and will not cause hoop scarring.
Another great product for this jobs is the Hooptech ICTCS-1. It offers a cap back clamp for easy use and significantly speeds up production. You simply raise the clamp, place the cap in with your backing, and then close the clamp, it’s really that simple. Also, these clamps last many years and are very durable.
With the Durkee and ICTCS-1, You will want to make sure you are getting the correct size brackets or arms for your machine. Make sure you have the model number and always measure your arms from one side to the other. If you ever have questions about these, please call and make sure you are getting the correct size. Hooptech also has a cap back clamp for the Gen 2. These will fasten to the existing driver and give a large sewing field on the back for bigger designs. It has a single lever that fastens the clamp and does not leave hoops burns. With this device you will need a Hooptech T-Bar Framing gauge or if you are using a Tajima or a Barudan, you may purchase an HTP adapter piece for those gauges.
Back of the Cap decoration really just take practice and making sure your hooping stays consistent. It can be very easy to get these slightly crooked, so make sure you are using some sort of measuring system or markers to keep everything straight. Always make sure to do an outline before running these designs. These products can be very sturdy and you don’t want to hit the frame during your embroidery.
If you are interested in any of these products, please give us a call or check out our online store at www.siistore.com. I will be able to answer any questions you may have or help you with your measurements for your machine.