Have you ever wondered about using magnetic embroidery hoops? I did some research and will share what I discovered about magnetic hoops for machine embroidery!
Snap Hoop Monster (SHM) is a pretty powerful no-slip magnetic hoop that works well with quilting and embroidering on thicker items, such as a quilt. I will say that I really liked how it handled my quilt.
Choosing the Right Size
The hoops are available in various sizes depending on the machine. Brands include Baby Lock, Bernina, Brother, Husqvarna Viking, Janome, Paff, and a special SHM for Quick Snap frame owners.
Normally, when I embroider a design, I pick the hoop size closest to the design size. If I had a 5 by 7 design, I would pick a 5 by 7 hoop. However, if I wanted to stitch an all-over pattern, I knew that I had to align up my start and stop points exactly. Edge-to-edge quilting (which is the same as an all-over pattern) requires a bit of fudge room and these magnetic hoops are great for that.
If items in regular hoops aren’t hooped right, you have to start over again. With magnetic hoops, once you get your project hooped and over to the machine, you can make tiny adjustments for proper design alignment.
My personal preference was that I wanted to be able to move the design element in the hoop. Therefore, I went with the biggest hoop for my machine, which was 9.5 by 14. Even though my design was only 7 by 12, the larger hoop would allow me to adjust more with all-over quilting designs.
I purchased my SHM from Sewing Machines Plus. No affiliation, it's just where I found the best price. I didn't have to pay tax because it was being shipped to me out of state and, if you do a Google search on their site for coupons, first-time buyers can get 10% off.
It came in a nice box, was really well packaged, and had this divider between the two magnetic pieces. They recommend that you store the hoop with the divider. It also comes with some ruler labels that you stick on yourself. For the price, I was a little disappointed that I had to take the time to measure the hoop and get the ruler strips centered on the horizontal and vertical sides of the hoop. It wasn't hard to do, just take your time and make sure you get it nice and centered because you want those measurements to be accurate in your hoop.
When you take the hoop apart, you will see that two sides of it have little notches so that it's easy to get your fingers in there to separate the hoops from each other, which I thought was really nice and well-designed. Also a nice design element is the very thin, soft pads on the bottom of the hoop so that your machine does not get scratched.
I would love to see these pads on our original hoops. When I worked at a dealer, I had customers come in where a design was actually etched on the bed of their machine from being scratched by the bottom of a hoop, so I'm really pleased to see that the Designs team put little pads on there to protect our machines.
Eileen Roche did a video on her YouTube channel that I watched. She said that if you're having trouble getting the hoop to slide and easily connect to your machine, you can take some sandpaper and just lightly sand the hoop edge where it attaches to your machine. Mine did not have any issues whatsoever.
Very Easy to Use
These hoops are easy to use. Separate frames. Place stabilizer on top of the bottom frame. Add your fabric on top.
Stand up the top frame on its edge
and lay it over until the magnets to connect.
Now, this goes against everything you’ve heard about hooping. With magnetic hoops like these, you can pull the stabilizer and fabric snug in the hoop to remove wrinkles. (I simulated hooping a larger piece of fabric by adding fabrics on either end.)
They are especially useful for hooping thick items, like towels, and for quilting (more on that later).
See the full video here.
May your day be blessed with perfect stitches and GlitterFlex!!