ImagesMagUK_June_2024 JUNE2024 images 71 TIPS & TECHNIQUES STEP-BY-STEP: BEANIE EMBROIDERY Firstly, turn the beanie inside out and unfold the turn-up – you will be embroidering the turn-up. Lay the hat on the table with the crown of the hat facing you. This way, the logo will face the right way when the hat is worn. Embroider the knockdown stitch first in the same colour as the beanie. By compressing the fabric, it creates a clean, stable area to embroider the logo onto. The water-soluble topping will, like the knockdown stitch, compress the knit and give a smooth, stable area for sewing onto, resulting in a sharp, clear result. Remove the topping by hand. Use a damp cloth or a fine mist of water to dissolve any bits that remain. [Top] This is the design embroidered straight onto the beanie; the stitches have been distorted, looking irregular and messy. [Middle] This version uses water-soluble topping, which gives a much better result: the stitches are smoother, and the shapes are not distorted. [Bottom] This version uses the knockdown stitch. Liz believes this approach gives the best result with sharp stitches, accurate shapes, and even letters. Once the logo has been run, remove the hoop and the beanie is ready to go. If, however, you're using the water-soluble topping, lay the topping on top of the fabric then hoop it. Make sure the topping is smooth before hooping. Place the ring of the hoop inside the beanie, leaving 2–3cm of the hoop showing, then pop the stabiliser inside the beanie and over the whole ring. If you are using the knockdown stitch, hoop the beanie then place it on the embroidery machine. 2 5 8 1 4 7 3 6 9