How to Embroider a Cap
Using a Cap Hoop to Embellish a Baseball Cap
It seems like everyone is wearing baseball caps these days. And lots of people want them personalized with their name, team logo, or some design meaningful to them.
People ask me if the Brother SE400 can embroider baseball caps. Yes it can, but it helps to have a special cap hoop. And the process can be a bit tricky.
So in this lens, I'm going to show you how to embroider a cap using a special hoop with step-by-step instructions and illustrations.
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You'll Need a Few Supplies
Besides the machine, you're going to need some accessories and supplies:
- Baseball Cap: There are several styles available. I bought the white one on sale at JoAnns with a coupon, and the blue one at Amazon.com.
- Embroidery Design: Either one of the built-in designs or one you download. I like it less than about 2 inches high because if it's too big, it'll be too high on the cap.
- Cap Hoop: It helps to have a special cap hoop. What's different about this hoop is that it has a clamp that holds the brim of the cap secure while you embroider.
- Adhesive Stabilizer: There are a lot of different kinds. This one just happens to be Pellon Stick and Tear.
- Embroidery needles: Needles especially for embroidery machines which are different than sewing machine needles. For hats, size 75/11 sharp, not ballpoint works best for me.
- Embroidery Thread: Whatever colors you need for the design. Many kinds of thread work with my machine.
- Bobbin and Thread: Bobbin wound with embroidery bobbin thread for your machine. Make sure you have enough thread. You don't want to run out of bobbin thread in the middle of a design.
- Marking Pen for marking the position of the design. I use a Dritz Mark-B-Gone Disappearing Ink pen. On dark fabrics, I use ordinary taylor's chalk.
Next we'll prepare the cap for the embroidery.
Embroidery Accessories and Supplies on Amazon
I order almost all my embroidery accessories and supplies from Amazon including my Brother SE400 because I just can't find them locally or they're more expensive.
This is the cap hoop I use. Some reviewers say it doesn't fit their hoop, but it works just fine with mine.
It's less expensive to buy stabilizer in quantity. This is what I use now.
The first thread I bought. There are 4 different sets with different colors. Good thread for a good price. I had a problem with the thread catching on some rough edges on the spool, but it was easy to smooth out.
Mark the Position of the Design - 5 Photos to Help Locate the DesignClick thumbnail to view full-size
Attach the Cap to the Hoops - 7 Step-by-Step PhotosClick thumbnail to view full-size
Set up the Brother SE400 and Stitch
Put in a new needle. Hats are harder on needles than other fabrics, especially the buckram-backed kind. I use a sharp, not a ballpoint, size 75/11. But if you're having trouble, try a ballpoint.
Attach the machine hoop to the Brother SE400's embroidery unit. The visor and clamp go in the back. It can be a bit tricky getting the cap which is all bunched up under the presser foot. I move it around looking for the lowest point and tilt it. Raise the presser foot even more by holding up the lever. You may have to remove the foot to get it under and then put it back on.
Turn the machine on and set it up for embroidery with your design as usual.
Because the visor has to go in the back, the cap is upside down. You'll probably have to invert the design. Press the rotation key on the Layout screen. Then press the 90Â° key twice.
Use the curser keys to center the needle over your center marking. Stitch the design onto the cap.
The Finished Cap
And here is the finished cap with the embroidered baseball design. I added Jessie’s name under the home run baseball motif with editing software.
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and found it useful. I love to share embroidery ideas and tips.