I've been embroidering hats for my son's robotics team and putting the hat in the hoop. They have been working really well, but if it messes up, I've lost a hat. I've lost about 5 hats so far trying different things and was getting pretty frustrated with having to throw the hat away.
So, I thought I'd try other ways of making the hats. These two superhero hats I sewed the design onto heavy stabilizer and then sewed the patches to the hats.
Great, except the Batman one is a bit crooked.
Finally, a successful Pikachu. Not sure where he is going just yet, but maybe my son's backpack?
Then, I thought there has to be a better way to embroider onto the hats. So, I put water soluble stabilizer in the hoop and put the hat under the hoop. Then I put a piece of thin stabilizer under that. It worked! The water soluble stabilizer will wash out and I'm left with a design stitched onto the hat and it is much easier to get everything set up.
So, now I'm not feeling so bad about the things I'm having to throw away. I paid about half price for my used Brother pe770 and that money can buy a lot of extra stabilizer and hats.