I would like to start looking for my own hat block but have a few questions.
1) When the size of block is a 7 1/8, does this take into account the sweatband? In other words, is the block really 22 1/2 inches around if it is a 7 1/8 or is it bigger so there is room for the sweatband to be sewn in later?
2) If it is bigger around to account for the sweatband, how much should you allow over the actual size of the hat? I've noticed on EBay that some blocks are not listed with the size of the hat, but rather just the circumference.
3) Is the brim thingy (sorry, I don't know the technical term so please feel free to correct me) necessary or is it just something that makes things easier?
Do any of my questions make sense? I really want to get into to trying to reblock some hats, but need a good block first. Any help is greatly appreciated.