Embroidery:


Basics for Hooping Caps

Follow this step-by-step guide for hooping this embroidery staple.

By Mike Doe, Contributing Writer

October 4, 2018

Embroidering caps on commercial embroidery machines can cause struggles and stress. Most cap styles are unique in their shape and the way they are made. Here, let’s consider different cap styles and ways to hoop them, as well as different types of cap frames that are available.

Caps can be made out of materials ranging from heavy wool to thin nylon. The material that makes up the front of the hat is called buckram, and it can be soft and flexible, or something that feels like heavy fishing line. Between these different parts, the seam connects the buckram to the rest of the cap.

Hooping some caps can be challenging, so practice is key. The goal is to hold the cap as tightly as possible while keeping the front panel low to the needle plate for the best embroidery.

The step-by-step guide above shows how to hoop a cap using a wide-angle cap frame.


There are several different types of cap frames, all of which offer distinct advantages compared to the wide-angle type. For example, the conventional cap frame holds the front of the cap from multiple locations, thus minimizing cap movement. However, it only allows embroidery on a cap’s front panel.

Mike Doe has been working at Melco since 2002. He has held various positions, from sales to management and engineering. Currently, he is the enterprise account manager and leads the company’s applications team. For more information, visit melco.com.