Custom Embroidered Hat —— Beginner's Guide

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Custom Embroidered Hat —— Beginner's Guide

 

Embroidery Logo is about Art!!

 

Henry Moore once said, to be an artist is to believe in life. When it comes to hat and art, one of the best representatives is embroidery,as an art form, it uses a needle, a thread and other items, rather than a brush, paint, pen or pencil.

 

There’re mainly 5 categories of embroidery, blackwork, whitework, stumpwork, cross stitch and crewel embroidery. Also, here’re 6 essential hand embroidery supplies: fabric, embroidery floss, needles, embroidery hoops, scissors, and fabric marking pens.

 

As for today’s article, let’s have a deeper understanding about hat and embroidery and get started!!

 

 

Custom Embroidered Hat

 

Photo by Nathana Rebouças on Unsplash 

 

1. What is Embroidery Logo on Hats?

 

Embroidery is the craft of decorating fabric or other materials using a needle to apply thread or yarn. The word embroidery comes from the French word broderie, meaning embellishment. In various forms, embroidery has existed since the production of fabric.

 

As for the basics of embroidered hats, embroidery is a decoration technique, which uses a needle and thread to create words or images on products. It is not unique to hats, though it is the most common means of decorating headwear.

 

With embroidery your logo or image is applied to your customised headwear using needle and thread. Using thread to create logos and images will provide a durable branding result as well as an interesting visual texture to your cap. There are several different types of embroidery that you may employ for your design.

 

What is Embroidery Logo

 

Can I put my logo on a hat? Yes and for sure, anyone can buy a hat with a well-known logo or graphic on it, we provides the opportunity for you to have the customized snapback or custom embroidered beanie.

 

Then, let’s talk about the advantages and disadvantages of embroidery logo. Well…quote by Albert Einstein: “There is nothing known as "Perfect". Each coin has two sides, the advantage of embroidery is that it provides an extremely durable, vibrant imprint that will survive any number of wash cycles. Whereas the main disadvantages are that depending on the complexity and size of your design it can be substantially more expensive than other print methods.

 

The origin of embroidery is from China, itself in various forms has existed as long as man has been able to produce fabric. Today embroidery is practised all over the world, but it is believed that it has its origin in China and the Near East. The word embroidery comes from the French word broderie meaning embellishment, that’s all about the basics.

 

2. Common Types of Embroidery 

 

When we’ve finished the basics, let’s come to the next, the manufacturing and other embroidery types.

 

Common types of embroidery logo on hats are flat embroidery, applique embroidery, 3D emb, lock stiching, and Terry emb, other embroidery technique are available upon request: point stitching, sequin emb, etc.

 

The major 3 types, FLAT EMBROIDERY, Applique embroidery, and 3d embroidery.

 

Flat embroidery, the most popular and cost-efficient way to brand a cap. It can accommodate for more complex lettering, offering more variations of spacing and sizes than 3D embroidery.

 

Flat Embroidery

 

APPLIQUE EMBROIDERY, appliqué is ornamental needlework in which pieces or patches of fabric in different shapes and patterns are sewn or stuck onto a larger piece to form a picture or pattern. It is commonly used as decoration, especially on garments. The technique is accomplished either by hand stitching or machine.

 

Applique Embroidery

 

3 DIMENSIONAL EMBROIDERY, it emerges from the surface of the cap and has the most dramatic texture. Your text or logo is not only highly visible but can be felt in contrast to the panels where it is stitched. Decorating a cap using this effect can literally enable your logo to pop up from the surface of a cap by up to 5millimetres.

 

3d Embroidery

 

Also, lock stitches are formed by two sets of a thread named needle thread and bobbin thread. Thread consumption of chain stitch is higher than lock stitch. Thread consumption of lock stitches is less than chain stitches. In the case of chain stitch, sewing threads are bound together by interloping and interlacing.

 

Next, some key points that need to be paid attention to as follows:

 

For Bucket Hat

1. The height of the embroidery pattern cannot exceed eight centimeters.

2. The thickness of the letters in the embroidered electronic manuscript shall not be less than 0.4cm. Too thin will cause the letters to be blurred and affect the beauty.

3. The distance between the embroidery position and the lower mouth position shall not be less than 1.8 cm, and sweat band is required if it is less than 1.8 cm.

4. The embroidery pattern with regular shape can not be completely horizontal up and down. If it is centered on the left and right, there will be an error of 0.2cm-0.3cm, because the finished cap is not well fixed and accurate.

 

For Sports Cap

1. Embroidery color cannot exceed five colors, otherwise it might cause color shift.

2. The distance between the embroidery position and the lower mouth position shall be controlled at 2-2.5cm.

3. The front lining of the hat should not be too hard. Too hard will lead to continuous needle breakage.

4. The embroidery pattern with regular shape can not be completely horizontal up and down. If it is centered on the left and right, there will be an error of 0.2cm-0.3cm, because the finished cap is not well fixed and accurate. 5. The thickness of the letters in the embroidered electronic manuscript shall not be less than 0.4cm. Too thin will cause the letters to be blurred and affect the beauty.

 

After you’ve had some basic ideas about hat manufacturing, then let’s have some understanding of…how to embroidery a logo on hat?

 

Embroidery Baseball Cap 

Cap & Hat Terminology for Embroidery

 

Choosing Your Cap Hat for Embroidery. Ball caps are all about variety. You look at a cap catalog or website and there are hundreds if not thousands of choices. You have your choice of color combinations, material, the height of the crown, type of bill, back closures and the list goes on and on. Most hats generally fall under 3 main categories: OPF (One-piece front) hats for embroidery, Varsity/collegiate hats, sports caps,

 

When embroidering on caps, there would be a variety of placement options. Most multi-needle embroidery machines can handle the front, both sides, the back of the cap, and even most places in between.

 

Noting that embroidering a hat on a single-needle or flatbed machine is extremely difficult. You will need a cap frame & preferably a multi-needle embroidery machine such as a ZSK embroidery machine to easily embroider caps.

 

The most common area embroidered is the front of caps. Even the most basic cap frames are designed to do the front of caps. Today, most commercial embroidery machines utilize wide angle cap frames designed to go most of the way around the cap, typically 270º of rotation. This will handle not only the front of the caps but also the sides. That leaves the back for which most embroiderers use a traditional round hoop

 

3. Create a LOGO for embroidery and Just…GO!

 

Now you’ve known the basics about embroidery, the pros and cros of embroidery, and some types of embroidery logo on hat, with main types as flat embroidery, applique embroidery, 3D emb, lock stitching. Then we would encounter the question as, how do I create a logo for embroidery?

 

Of course!! The ideal logo file formats are either Adobe Illustrator files (ai, eps, pdf) or high resolution Adobe Photoshop files (psd, eps, tiff, jpg).

 

For creating embroidery, if you are a beginner, you can create machine embroidery designs relatively quick and easy. What you will need is an easy to use embroidery software and a good embroidery machine to sew designs.

 

Embroidery Dad Hat

 

Once you've chosen your embroidery software, follow the steps below.

 

Step 1: Upload Your Logo to the Digitizing Software.

In this first step simply insert your logo or design file (JPG, PNG, etc.) into the program and crop out any unnecessary blank space around the image you’d like to be embroidered.

 

Step 2: Set Embroidery Design Size.

Input your desired dimensions for your embroidered logo or design. This will be the exact size that your image will appear on your product, so make sure to carefully measure the available space for embroidery on the product first! Once you have it just right make sure to lock the picture before moving on to the next step.

 

Step 3: Choose Your Stitch Type. 

There are a variety of different stitch types that are used to accomplish different looks, textures, and more. Each stitch type has a maximum stitch length that must be taken into consideration.

 

Step 4: Set Stitch Direction. 

Setting the stitch direction is essentially creating a road map for your embroidery machines to follow. In this step you’ll tell provide the machines with step by step instructions for each stitch. Different stitch patterns can be used to achieve the appearance of different contours, textures, and shades. 

 

Step 5: Set Your Embroidery Thread Colors. 

Select your embroidery thread colors from the color bar. Make sure to match the embroidery thread colors to your corporate logo Pantone colors

 

Step 6: Transfer the File to Your Embroidery Machine. 

Transfer your converted embroidery file (dst, exp, jef, etc) to your embroidery machine. This can be done using a USB cable, flash card, or directly from the computer running the embroidery software.

 

Then, how much does it cost to embroider a cap?

 

Embroidering a hat on a single-needle or flatbed machine is extremely difficult. You will need a cap frame & preferably a multi-needle embroidery machine such as a ZSK embroidery machine to easily embroider caps.

 

The price of custom embroidered hats depends on the embroidery technique, location, size, etc.

You can consult our Hat Consultant for more ideas about the price.

 

Art is priceless. Embroidery, in itself, as a type of folk art, is also priceless. The price set is a reflection of the product, but I hope you know how to appreciate the artistic beauty of embroidery. Your happiness and smile is all we love, hope, and wish to see.

 

Summary

 

“Take your needle, my child, and work at your pattern; it will come out a rose by and by. Life is like that - one stitch at a time taken patiently and the pattern will come out all right like the embroidery.” Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. quote about embroidery. The art of embroidery in itself is about hand-manufacturing, it’s the mixture and combination of human wisdom and human technique.

 

“Ingenuity, plus courage, plus work, equals miracles.”“Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity.” The embroidery on hats is the combination of labor, from tradition rule to modern technology up until now, embroidery develops, so long with human being.

 

Are you in favor of embroidery, do you have any idea of embroidery and art, as well as museums? Leave your comments below and let us know if there’s anything we can do for you!! We would like to hear from you and know what you’re thinking about!!

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