New Era hats have become the standard in quality and popularity in the rapidly growing custom cap market. The wide variety of available cap colours and styles make them a good option for further customisation.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Graphic design program
Create your design for the cap. Keep in mind the available space for decoration on a cap while making your custom design. Use a standard graphic design software program such as Adobe Photoshop or Adobe Illustrator to produce the final digital version of the design.
Have your design converted for use by an embroidery machine. This is known as "digitising" the graphic art file. Embroidery machines use digital files in a highly specialised format that communicate the colours, thread counts and dimensions to the sewing head. A local embroidery shop or online specialist can do this work for you.
Order the blank caps that will be customised from a wholesale or retail distributor of New Era products. You can find these distributors by calling local cap shops, embroidery shops or on the internet.
Take the blank New Era caps and your design files to local embroidery shops and get bids for the application of the design to the caps, and turnaround time for finishing the job. Ask about the final cost, including any set-up fees, and any extra thread count charges that may be incurred, based on your design.
Decide upon the embroidery service you will use, and make payment---50 per cent down at the time of the order and the other 50 per cent upon completion is standard.
Tips and warnings
- Embroidery is widely considered to be the best process for customising caps, but it does not work well for designs that require very fine detail. For the best results, keep this in mind when creating your design.
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