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I just moved down to Southern Illinois University-Carbondale and today I decided to take a drive up to the local mall and was surprised it lacked a Lids store. They do have a store called Embroidery Station that does custom embroidery for hats and New Era hats. I went in expecting to find something I liked but none of the hats look right to me. The store is the same size as a typical Lids store if not larger and all the walls are covered with hats that to me all seemed off. I wish I had taken some pictures when I was in there but, my question to the rest of the community is, have any of you heard of this store or stores similar to it or any store in a mall that may be selling bootleg New Era caps? (not saying this store is but none of the hats looked correct to me)

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Yeah, the hats all looked very cheap and all the embroidery didn't look like the quality that I expect from New Era. I was wearing my Cincinnati Reds hat and when I compared the two C's the store's hat almost had a curl at the ends of the open side of the hat and the drop shadow seemed to be spaced further away from the letter. I really need to get pictures for you guys to see.

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Aside from bogus New Era caps, should anyone want to have their artwork embroidered on a cap or on sportswear, those shops including Lids will charge about $50 to "digitize" their art for embroidery.

If you bring them the digitized file on a USB drive or CD, they will only charge for the cap and the embroidery.

I can provide a digitized file for much less than these shops charge. PM with serious inquiries.

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Aside from bogus New Era caps, should anyone want to have their artwork embroidered on a cap or on sportswear, those shops including Lids will charge about $50 to "digitize" their art for embroidery.

If you bring them the digitized file on a USB drive or CD, they will only charge for the cap and the embroidery.

I can provide a digitized file for much less than these shops charge. PM with serious inquiries.

What exactly is the process to digitize a logo for embroidery? I used to work at Lids and I tried everything I could to get around that $50 charge to no avail. I even had a friend who worked for an alternative embroidery company digitize a logo for me and the results were disastrous. It nearly broke the machine I was using at Lids :P of love to learn how to because it can save a TON of money, but I've yet to figure out a way around having Lids digitize the logo for you for a hefty fee.

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Aside from bogus New Era caps, should anyone want to have their artwork embroidered on a cap or on sportswear, those shops including Lids will charge about $50 to "digitize" their art for embroidery.

If you bring them the digitized file on a USB drive or CD, they will only charge for the cap and the embroidery.

I can provide a digitized file for much less than these shops charge. PM with serious inquiries.

So is there a format that all or most of these hat companies use, then? For thread colors, how are those identified? Do the shops have a lot of color choices? (Yes, I may be looking into this.)

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  • 3 weeks later...

In my forever long quest to add a early '70s Chicago White Sox cap to my Sox cap collection, I finally had to do a DIY project.

Using Adobe Illustrator I recreated the Sox logo from that time period as best as I can. I created a "digitized" embroidery file and with it on a USB thumb drive I went to a local Lids. They said they cannot embroider a MLB Licensed logo per their contract. I argued unsuccessfully that my logo was NOT the same of MLB's version (per the recent error retro caps the Sox wore in 2012) that New Era produces (as well as American Needle and Roman Pro).

So I found a kiosk at the same mall who did this for me! I am very pleased and plan on getting a blue one with the same logo design soon.

Now the quality of the cap is very good in my opinion. It's fitted and the tag inside reads Hatco Premium. My only issue is I wanted a white button on a red cap, but I settled. Also the underside of the bill is the same red, where I believe the original caps had a green under bill.

I am not too fussy about the quality of the embroidery itself. I am far from perfect so my cap can follow suit as well!

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