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Talk n’ Tips

Hooping Tip

I’m often asked, “How do you keep designs from puckering?” Proper stabilizer and hooping techniques is the simple answer.  For example, I always use a cut away stabilizer on knit fabrics.  However, let’s discuss hooping for a moment.  My favorite hooping method is to lightly spray the stabilizer with temporary spray adhesive, lay the fabric on the stabilizer, and hoop both stabilizer and fabric together in the hoop.  Make sure your fabric is drum tight.  Then, and here’s the best part of my tip (thanks to my friend Vivian from Sewing World), I use a basting stitch to secure everything together.  Some machines have a basting stitch function on them and some software programs have the feature built in.    It’s best to use a basting stitch that’s the same size or slightly larger than your design.

Bonnie’s Projects in Print!

The Spring (Vol. 16 No. 8) Creative Machine Embroidery & Textile Art featured one of Bonnie’s projects. Titled “Pretty as a Princess”, you’ll find complete instructions for creating a beautiful pillow!

One of Bonnie’s projects was featured in the 2009  holiday issue of “Sew News.