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FAQS About Our Other Products

Last week I introduced you to some of our other products, in case you have forgotten about are other products, let me refresh your memory. You were properly introduced to custom caps , custom shirts , sourcing , and woven labels. After reviewing our amazing products with you, it dawned on me that some of our customers might have some questions about these products, so I have decided to create some FAQS about each product and provide answers to some of the most common questions we are asked. After you read this blog, I am confident that most of your questions will be answered.

Custom Caps FAQS

Q: What limitations should I be aware of when creating my cap design?

A: At Caps by The/Studio everything we do is completely customized and we pride ourselves on doing everything that is humanly possible to build a cap according to our customer’s requirements.  Very rarely there will be certain limitations on text and shape, but even if there are limitations we will work on a solution to meet your needs.  Let your Creative Specialist know your needs and we are confident that we will find a solution.

Q: Can you do different styles of caps?

A: We can do any shape style cap, or hat, you can imagine. The styles of caps we can produce include but are not limited to Flat Bill New Era Style Caps, Traditional Baseball Caps, 5 Panel Caps, Castro Caps, Two Tone Caps, Three Tone Caps, Visors, and Beanies.  If you do not see what you are looking for, tell us.  We have the expertise to manufacturer any style cap or hat.

Q: What is embroidery coverage?

A: Since Caps The/Studio manufactures every cap from scratch there is hardly any limitation to embroidery coverage.  As a matter of fact, if you order from a company that embroiders onto a pre-manufactured cap you are usually limited to an embroidery area of just 3 inches.  However, we can embroider up to 4 – 4.5 inches.  Not only that, our cost includes embroidery in up to three areas, including the brim.

Q: What are the parts of a custom made cap?

A: The parts of a custom cap include

Crown – The front part of the cap that fits over the top of your head and touches your forehead. Usually the main area of embroidery and customization on caps. Can be created as low profile, medium profile or high profile by adjusting the angle of the front crown. Low profile slants backward versus high profile that angles almost straight up from the bill. The crown of the cap is also what determines if the hat is structured or unstructured. Structured caps have a buckram fused to the inside of the cap to keep the front ridged. Unstructured caps have no re-enforcement and cap material sits loose against the head.

Top Button – Fabric covered button that sits directly on the top center of the hat at the intersection of the fabric panels. Button color can match the material of the cap or in a contrasting color.

Eyelets – Round holes sewn in the cap for increased ventilation and style. Eyelets can have sewn borders or metal grommets.

Panels – Fabric pieces used to create the shape of the cap. Most caps are 6 panel caps with a seam in the center of the front crown but there are also 5 panel and 8 panel caps. 5 panel caps are mainly used for “trucker caps” or caps that have screen printing on the front instead of embroidery. Panels are sewn together with thread matching the color of the cap material or with a contrasting color. Fabric of the panels is normally cotton twill and can be brushed or made thicker if needed. Other fabric types are wool, mesh or performance materials that allow for greater moisture wicking or ventilation.

Bill or Brim – The visor that extends out from the crown of the cap to shade you from the sun or elements. The bill is normally curved or can be flat as in “pro-style” caps. Bill is plastic and sandwiched between two pieces of fabric. A contrasting sandwich is created by adding a third piece of fabric along the front of the bill between the top and bottom fabric. Sandwich fabric is normally in a contrasting color and can be screen-printed with text for customization. Flip style bill is when a contrasting color of fabric is used on the bottom of the bill and is folded up and over just the front of the bill to look similar to a sandwich style bill. Stitching on the bill can range from 4 rows to 8 rows. Length of bill varies between styles.

Back Closures – On adjustable caps there are a variety of closures used. Most popular are Velcro, sliding buckle, deluxe locking brass buckle or plastic snap (used on truck caps most often). Fitted style and Flexfit style caps have no closure style on the back nor do they have the hole in the back.

Sweatband – Fabric used on the inside edge of the cap to help absorb sweat and keep your cap looking clean and dry. Sweatband styles range from standard cotton to high performance synthetic material with advanced moisture wicking properties.

Embroidery – Standard method for decorating caps and hats. Embroidery is normally done on the front, sides, back or bill of the cap. Standard embroidery or 3D puff embroidery is normally available. 3D puff requires a fairly simple design and created an extremely raised embroidered design. Screen-printing is another way of decorating caps but not as popular as embroidery.

Special Options – These are additional features you can add to your custom cap.  Choose one or mix and match from the available special options we offer.

Custom Shirts FAQS

Q: What’s the maximum number of colors I can have for my design?

A: Colors are almost limitless.

Q: What are my choices for shirts?

A: We offer a wide assortment of shirts for individuals, organizations, clubs, and businesses in a wide selection of colors.  The most common shirt products we offer include:- Crew neck T-shirts- V neck T-shirts- Collared polo shirts- Sweatshirts- Hoodies and jackets- Uniforms- Short sleeve button up shirts- Long sleeve button up shirts

Q: What is the minimum order quantity?

A: A major part of custom shirt manufacturing is set up costs for screen-printing, embroidery, etc.  So, the more purchased, the less the cost per shirt will be.The/Studio prides itself in offering very low minimum order quantities.  Our minimum order quantity is just 10.  However, the sizes you select do not have to be a minimum of 10.  You can order three medium shirts, three large shirts, and four extra large shirts to reach the recommended minimum order quantity.  This means you can order shorts for small groups or family members and take advantage of our low cost.

Q: What fabric material and weight do you have available?

A: We have all types of fabric material and weight available depending on your needs.  Some of the most common fabric material includes 100% cotton, 50/50 poly/cotton blend, and 100% poly fabric material. Your item can come in lightweight, medium weight, and heavy weight fabric material. Please call our Creative Specialist to discuss the many options available to you.

Q: What sizes are available?

A: Our shirts/apparels are available in all sizes in Men’s, Women’s, Unisex, and Youth Sizes.

Sourcing FAQS

Q: What product categories does Sourcing by The/Studio focus on?

A: Our strengths are in apparel, apparel accessories, and consumer electronics.

Q: Where do you source products from?

A: Primarily we deal with factories and suppliers in China and the United States.  However, we have relationships with suppliers in Vietnam, Bangladesh, India and Cambodia.

Q: Do you accept all sourcing projects? What is your criteria?

A: Unfortunately, we are not able to accept all sourcing projects.  We decide which sourcing projects to accept based on the viability of the project.  The main components of viability that we are looking for is whether the quantities are large enough, and whether or not the product will be commercially viable.At Sourcing by The/Studio we invest a lot of money and time with our clients.  Furthermore, our clients also spend a lot of time and energy communicating with us about their project, so therefore it is important that we feel that our clients can be successful with their project.

Woven Labels FAQS

Q: What’s the maximum number of colors I can have on my woven label?

A: The maximum number of colors that is possible for a woven label is 8 colors.  If for some reason you require more than 8 colors, we also offer screen printing on woven labels, which will virtually afford you an unlimited number of colors.

Q: What’s the absolute minimum font size so that my woven label will come out legibly?

A: The woven label process allows for legible small font size.  As a general rule, you can have a font size less than 0.4cm.

Q: What is a Woven Label?

A: A woven label is a label used to identify a product that is created by using threads that are projected through a loom in order to provide a high level of detail.

I hope these frequently asked questions will be of benefit to you. If you still have some unanswered questions regarding any of these products, please ask your knowledgeable creative specialist they will be more than happy to answer your questions!





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