Left Chest Placement
Measure down in a straight line from where the shoulder seem and the collar or ribbing meet. 7-9″ for men and 5-7″ for women’s garments. Measure over from the center of the shirt to that line (usually 4-5″). Place the center of the design at the intersection.
For a child’s garment measure down about 5″ and over about 3″ When the shirt has no placket or other structure measure down the center of the shirt, parallel to the first line. Then measure to the vertical line (usually 4-5″). You can make a template of a placket out of cardboard or plastic to use as a marker.
Use the snaps or button on jackets as a guide. Between the second and third snap/button works well.
Use the bottom of a V-neck as a guide.
To place a design on the left and right chest use the document grid on your HoopMaster. First find the placment on one side, then note the number the fixture is circling and the letter the shirt is pulled down to. Then use the same number and letter on the other side of the garment when hooping.
Back placement is dictated by the size of the designs and the jacket. Close the jacket and place it face down on the worktable. Measure 3 to 4 inches from the seam at the bottom of the collar. Add half the height of the design to find the center. It will usually turn out to be 8 to 10 inches down from the center back collar seam to the center point of the design.
For a child’s jacket the center will usually fall between 5 and 8 inches down from the collar. A distance of 2.5 inches from the collar to the top of the design is a good rule of thumb. Add half the height of the design to find the center of the embroidery.
As with any design placement, use a model or a mannequin to verify your decisions. An actual size sew out placed on the back is a good way to visualize the finished product.