Machine Embroidery Tips on Beanie Hats

Updated July 20, 2017

Machine embroidery on beanie hats can be difficult. Because beanie hats are typically small and often made of fleece or other stretchy material, they can be challenging to work with on most home and semi-commercial embroidery machines. To further complicate matters, beanies don't fit into hat frames that come with some embroidery machines. Caution and a little guidance, however, can remove the guesswork from machine embroidery on beanie hats.

Think Small

Beanie hats are small. Your embroidery design and hoop should be, too. Select designs that will fit within your smallest embroidery machine hoop or frame. Since many beanies tend to be made of fleece or stretchy knits, using the smallest hoop will allow you to have better control of the fabric. Larger frames will allow the beanie fabric to loosen as the machine embroiders. To repeat a design around the beanie, re-hoop and embroider again.

Double Your Stabilizer

Use two layers of tearaway embroidery stabiliser for your beanie hat embroidery projects. Two layers of stabiliser for each design will secure the stitches in stretchy fabrics such as fleece or knits. As the needle grabs the double layer of stabiliser to lock in the stitches, it will not stretch the beanie fabric. Once the embroidery design is complete, gently tear the excess stabiliser away. Be careful not to stretch the beanie.

Flat Frames Require Sticky Stabilizer

If you are using a flat embroidery frame instead of a hoop, you must use an adhesive stabiliser. Cut the adhesive just larger than the frame and stick it to the underneath of your frame. Attach the frame to the machine and then stick the beanie onto the frame, carefully pushing it against the adhesive. For extra stability, add one layer of tearaway stabiliser under the frame. You will stitch through beanie, adhesive, then tearaway.

Take It Slow

Set your embroidery machine to its slowest setting. All machines are different, so check your manual to determine how to regulate the speed of yours. With the machine moving at its slowest pace, there is less chance of the top or bobbin thread knotting while embroidering on the beanie. Embroidering at a high rate of speed can cause the needle to shift the fabric if the hoop happens to be just the slightest bit loose.

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About the Author

Ronna Pennington, an experienced newspaper writer and editor, began writing full-time in 1989. Her professional crafting experience includes machine embroidery and applique. When she's not repainting her den or making new holiday decorations, Ronna researches and writes community histories. She has a Bachelor of Arts in journalism and an Master of liberal arts in history.