Whether you measure your hoops in millimeters or inches, it can be confusing to know just what that means when it comes to buying the right sized embroidery designs.
Our hoop sizes dictate what we are able to embroider, largely determined by the machine that we purchase. If you are not certain, your manual explains which hoop sizes are compatible with your machine.
As an example, Bonnie’s Elegant Embossed Alphabets are available in four hoop sizes: 2 x 2, 4 x 4, 5 x 7, and 6 x 10 inches. With these options, you can monogram everything from wash cloths and napkins up to robes and over-sized towels.
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Where the hoopla gets confusing is that industry standards typically go by millimeters, and that is how our hoops are marked, but general references are most often made in inches.
I am embarrassed to say that I thought (for far too long) that my 150 x 240mm hoop from my first embroidery machine was a 5 x 7 inch hoop. It will stitch 5 x 7 designs but actually has a stitching field of 6 x 9.6 inches (a 6 x 9 hoop). Some people round up and say that it is a 6 x 10 hoop, but a 6 × 10 hoop actually stitches up to a 6.29 x 10.2 inch design.
When in doubt, use a millimeter-to-inches calculator.
You can certainly stitch smaller designs in larger hoops but the rule of thumb is to use the smallest hoop for the design that you can. That helps to eliminate registration issues, puckering, and produces better results.