Machine embroiderers have more choices every year when it comes to purchased blanks. If you have a multi-needle machine and machine embroidery business, you have discovered that purchasing blanks is the most profitable way to make money. Maybe you embroider just for gifts and charity and profitability is not important. In either case, quality purchased blanks are a must-have staple in your embroidery studio.
For example: the can cooler or can koozie. I have stocked the plain blank koozies for years for my customers and thought I have seen or stitched all the styles available. Last week while searching the website of http://www.discountembroideryblanks.com ,I found the sport theme can cooler/koozie. It is exactly what I had in mind for my tennis team gifts.
The sport theme can koozies are available for tennis, golf, basketball, football, car racing, softball and baseball. The can cooler will arrive flat, embroider the name, logo or initial on the neoprene fabric and proceed to sew the two side seams after the embroidery is complete. Here are a few tips to remember when planning the embroidery process:
1. Measure the front area of the can cooler (small target ruler from the Embroidery Tool Kit works great) that will be embroidered and place a target sticker in the center location. Only one side of the koozie is generally embroidered.
2. Remember the can koozie will need to be able to stretch to enable the can to slide inside.
3.Double check the orientation of the design on the touch screen before you stitch.
4.Reinforce the side seams because they will take some wear and tear.
5. Use sticky back tear away stabilizer.
The can coolers make perfect gifts for coaches, team mates and anyone who appreciates the sport and enjoys a cold drink on a hot day.
In the book, Hoop It Up we show you how to hoop multiple koozies in one hoop by positioning the koozies side by side and embroidering one side of the koozie only.
Use the small Target Ruler to precisely find the center and slide a target sticker underneath the crosshair. Remove the ruler and insert a piece of sticky back stabilizer in your hoop. Keep the protective paper intact. Take a pin and score the protective paper with an X, carefully remove the 4 sections of the protective paper. The reason for this step is to keep your hoop clean and free of adhesive residue.
Place the koozie on the sticky tear away stabilizer and double check the orientation of the embroidery design. Align the needle bar with the target sticker’s crosshair and remove the target sticker when ready. Embroider the name or text and remove the stabilizer from the hoop. Carefully remove the sticky stabilizer from the back of the koozie. Fold right sides together and pin in place. Sew the two side seams together turn right side out.
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