I have a friend that’s too darn nice. She never says no to anyone, and then there’s me, who has no problem saying no at anytime.
So I’ve been coaching her that it’s okay to say no, and for a joke, I embroidered her a ball cap.
This was the first time I’ve machine embroidered a hat. I had purchased the Hoop ‘N’ Buddyz insert for the oval hoop on my Bernina, and I knew that the last firmware update to my machine added the Hoop ‘N’ Buddyz to its built in list of hoops, so I figured it would be a piece of cake.
I used Stabil-Stick tearaway stabilizer in the hoop, then placed the Hoop ‘N’ Buddyz insert on top of it. Talk about sticky! I had to pin my hair up as it kept getting stuck.
I tried pinning the sweatband on the inside of the hat out of the way, but had trouble doing that so I simply stapled it out of my way.
I set up my text in Embrilliance after adding the Hoop ‘N’ Buddyz size, then took it ofter to my machine, where despite my best efforts, I could not get the machine to sew with the Hoop ‘N’ Buddyz selected. Depending on what action I took to the various prompts, I got different errors, but it simply wasn’t going to sew.
I ended up selecting the oval hoop, printing off a paper template, and used the wonderful alignment tools that my Bernina 700 embroidery machine has, and stitched it out the old fashioned way. The Hoop ‘N’ Buddyz still made keeping the hat flat and secure easier, so no complaints really.
I did sew it out very slow, as you can see my speed indicator slide is set quite low.
Amazon has really nice ball caps for machine embroidery, I like this brand quite a bit.
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