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Old March 30th, 2010, 06:49 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I am working on a design with several bands of color butting up against each other, with one band containing lettering less than .25 in tall. (Center filled oval 1" x 2" encircled by a .25" frame/band, and a tiny row of satin finishing inside & outside edge of .25" band) If this design came to me today, I would work my tail off to change it with the customer's approval. Unfortunately, I inherited the design and customer with my machine. It actually stitches nicely onto totes and most hats, but the customer has recently requested unstructured caps. This has been a registration NIGHTMARE. Before I tell her no more unstructured caps unless we change some things, I thought I'd check on here to see if anyone has words of wisdom to offer.
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Old March 31st, 2010, 05:09 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I am no expert at this but I did have a similar problem recently. I solved it by putting a double layer of tear away backing inside the cap and digitising a light zigzag underlayer under the whole design before the main design stitched out. This helped to hold everthing nicely together and stopped movement.
Might not work with your design but it worked for me.
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Old March 31st, 2010, 07:51 AM   #3 (permalink)
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We just got finished doing some cheap visors that were giving us some registration problems on a particular design that we were not getting on a higher quality visor we had put the design on before.

We use heavy weight cap backing from the Embroidery store and we were able to correct our issue by using not 2, but 3 layers of backing. Another thing that helped with cap and visor quality overall was we installed a riser on the needle plate of our Barudan that really helped.
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Old March 31st, 2010, 11:24 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Thanks. After I slept on this, I decided to try more backing today - so that's on my agenda for this afternoon. I'm glad to see that I may be on the right track.

I'm also running a Barudan. What is the riser that you mention and where did you buy it? I typically have no problems with caps, and I run a lot of them, so this problem has me bugged. I never want to say no to a cap order....
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Old March 31st, 2010, 12:08 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I got it from our Barudan tech named Garry McQuire. I have an Elite Pro II and we leave it on all the time. I will PM you a contact number.
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Old March 31st, 2010, 03:03 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Thanks so much for all the replies!

I remembered a trick suggested at a training I took at ISS-Fort Worth last year. Fold a regular piece of copy paper into thirds (as if folding a business letter) and use it for hat backing. My machine normally hates it, so I "forgot" it until I got ready to insert multiple layers of backing into my hat this afternoon. I tried it - and it worked like a dream! Great way to recycle, too.
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