Hooping can be the most frustrating part of machine embroidery. These tips will help!
When Bonnie asked her Facebook group what they liked least about embroidery, hooping and design placement topped the list.
Here are four tips that will help to make hooping more enjoyable:
Use a Hooping Mat
If you are tired of chasing your hoop around, you will love the Hoop Mat from Dime (Designs in Machine Embroidery). I have one (no affiliation) and it really does work. The silicone mat holds your hoops in place and keeps them from sliding around. Some people also have good results using drawer liner or rubber skid-proof rug mats.
The mat’s grid also helps keep fabrics, stabilizer, and the hoop straight for more accurate hooping.
Secure with Double-Sided Tape
This is one of those “Why didn’t I think of that?” hacks. If you turn your inner hoop over and place a strip of double-faced tape along the flat edges, it helps to hold stabilizer (or fabric) in place.
Press the hoop down on to fabric or stabilizer and it holds it flat against the back before inserting into the outer hoop (Look Mom, one hand!).
Applying double-faced tape around the inside edge of the hoop helps keep the stabilizer from slipping in the hoop, particularly in larger hoops.
Anchor with T-Pins
The larger the hoop, the more it will loosen on the sides. No matter how tightly you might hoop fabric and stabilizer, it can still get loose. That is particularly true with extra handling like quilting, applique, or in-the-hoop projects. If your hoop does not have clips to secure fabric and stabilizer around the edges of the hoop, pinning can help.
Regular straight pins will work but T-pins are sturdier and the “T” on the end helps hold everything from shifting. Insert the pin through both layers of fabric and stabilizer on top, against the hoop, right where they come out of the hoop. Then, insert the pin along the hoop to keep layers tight and flat.
Get a Grip with Pencil Grips
If turning your hoop screw is painful or awkward, this simple item helps tremendously. Slide a pencil grip onto the tightening screw. The soft grip makes tightening and loosening much easier.
What tips do you have for hooping?