Producing a beautifully embroidered design depends on proper hooping. Hooping for an embroidery machine controls the fabric and prevents pulling, warping, or movement. Learn how to hoop fabric for embroidery and tips for proper hoop use.
Hold the fabric you want to embroider and fold it in half. Pinch the center portion of the material, feeling for its thickness when folded. Doing so will provide a visual line to guide your placement between the two halves of your hoop.
Next, loosen or tighten your hoop, leaving enough separation between each side that matches the size of your folded fabric. Pre-adjusting your hoop reduces the chance of hoop burn on your material.
Take the bottom half of your hoop and place it on a table, positioning the adjustable corner or side opposite you. Lay the stabilizer and fabric over the bottom half, and push the top half down quickly to pop it tightly into the bottom portion. Gently pull the material sticking out of the hoop to adjust it properly, then tighten your hoop.
At this point, you can now place your hooped stabilizer and fabric in your embroidery machine. If properly used, you should see a clean, problem-free embroidery design.
When choosing a hoop size, measure your embroidery pattern and increase its width and height by about an inch. Too large a hoop may produce unfavorable embroidery results.
Hooping for an embroidery machine sometimes resembles a rectangle instead of a circle. Increase the chance of beautiful embroidery by using T-pins around the straight edges, tightening your material, and preventing movement.
Using silky, stretchy pieces of fabric often results in a puckered or distorted design. Place double-sided tape inside your hoops to reduce movement and distortion.
You can choose from three types of stabilizer materials:
Floating embroidery uses a piece of stabilizer as a base to attach the fabric without putting the material in the hoop. You can better control this form of embroidery with these tips: