How to Set Up an Embroidery Cap Frame

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Cap frames are adjustable. Keep this in mind when preparing to stitch your cap order. You can tighten and loosen the screws on 270-degree frames to hold the cap material tight. Remember that distortion results when the frame or hoop is removed if fabric is hooped too tightly, then stitched. Once you’ve adjusted the screws, position your cap gauge—the station where you frame caps—at a height that is kind to your back so you’ll be comfortable for long durations. After you’ve set up your frame and adjusted the cap gauge to a comfortable height, make sure to periodically check the frame screws to prevent loss of registration or screws.