How to embroider a hat

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Explained in this blog is how to embroider a hat and the different options on embroidering a hat. It always good to learn something new each and every day don’t you agree?

Since working at Logo in the office and not personally doing the embroidery I am always curious on how embroidery is done on different garments and as I learn id like to share my facts with you!, so see below the different options on how to embroider a hat.

Hat Embroidery Machines can be found in many shopping malls across the US and Canada either in mall kiosks or in the popular Lids custom embroidered cap stores. There are even more you’ll never see in home based businesses and at big commercial cap manufacturers. They all have a few common features:

  • 15 Needles–15 needles is the standard in commercial and custom hat embroidery. While few projects demand 15 different colours on one custom hat logo for example, you may have multiple jobs going on at once and it takes too much time to switch thread cones on a on or even 6 needle embroidery machine.


  • Wide Sewing Field– many cap embroidery jobs call for “ear to ear” embroidery. An embroidery field for caps should be 270 degrees and come with at least 2 cap frames (hoops) that will allow that, like the Advance 1501C Embroidery Machine.


  • 2 of Each– a professional or industrial hat embroidery machine, one that’s meant for business use, will come with 2 of each size hoop for both hats and flat garments. The idea is that while one hat is sewing a custom design you can be getting the next cap “hooped” so you’re ready to sew the next one. This is how production is done! Once again using the Advance brand as an example, it comes standard with 11 hoops with TWO cap drivers. You can find a list of everything else that comes with it here.


  • Embroidery Speed – embroidery speed is measured in “stitches per minute” or SPM. A higher SPM means you’ll be able to make more hats per hour, which means more money in your pocket. A professional machine will run up to 1200spm, though you’ll usually run them at 800 or so, while a consumer version will only run effectively at about 1/3 of that speed.


  • All Day Sewing – commercial cap machines are meant to be run all day, every day and for more than one shift of work. It’s design to manufacture caps and hats. Consumer machines are designed to be used for a few hours on weekends.

View our website and see our promotional hats, there is so many hats to choose from, with multiple materials.


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