How To: Use an Embroidery Hoop

Le 21 July 2015
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    We <3 Embroidery Hoops. Our simple tutorial to help you operate your hoops like a pro.
    A hoop or other fabric frame serves an important purpose, keeping your fabric taut while stitching keeps your stitches even and tension consistent. Choosing the best tool to do that depends on the size of your project and personal preference. The most common, versatile, and inexpensive is an embroidery hoop. A more experienced stitcher may prefer the versatility of a scroll bar frame for larger projects and stretcher bars for smaller projects. Round embroidery hoops are the most common, generally ranging in size from 3 inches to 12 inches. They’re made from either plastic or wood in various styles and screw-locking systems. DMC offers a selection of embroidery hoops, to select the right hoop for your project, make sure that the hoop that is slightly larger than the design area. You will want something that feels good in your hand, because you will be holding it for some time! The fabric should extend about 2 inches beyond the edges of the hoop to allow you to position and secure the fabric properly. Beechwood Embroidery Hoop [associated-products] MV0033 (1)

    RUBBER EMBROIDERY HOOP

    We love our DMC flexible embroidery hoops. They have a rubbery feel to them so that you can easily take your fabric in and out of the hoop and pull it taut for stitching. These hoops come with a ring on top that screws the inner and outer hoops ring into place to keep everything snug and together.

    STEP 1

    Unscrew the top ring and seperate the inner white plastic ring from the outer rubbery ring. The outer ring will hold the fabric over the inner ring once you have inserted the fabric.

    STEP 2

    Place the inner ring on a flat surface. Place your fabric over it, then stretch the outer ring over the fabric and press until the bottom ring is snug inside the outer ring. Tug the corners of the fabric slightly to make the fabric taunt – make sure this is as tight as possible so the fabric won’t slip out of the hoop.

    STEP 3

    Screw the top ring back on top of the hoop and tighten securely. Tug the corners of your fabric taut once more to ensure the fabric is taut. Your fabric is now in place and ready to embroider.

    EMBROIDERY HOOP SCREW TOP

    STEP 1

    Loosen the screw or nut on the outer embroidery hoop and separate the inner and outer rings. The outer ring will hold the fabric over the inner ring once you have inserted the fabric.

    STEP 2

    Place the inner ring on a flat surface. Place your fabric over it, then put the outer ring over the fabric and press until the bottom ring is snug inside the outer ring. Tug the corners of the fabric slightly to make the fabric taunt – make sure this is as tight as possible so the fabric won’t slip out of the hoop.

    STEP 3

    Tighten the nut or screw securely. Your fabric is now in place and ready to embroider. TIP: Never leave your work in the hoop for an extended period of time. This can cause creases in the fabric that are difficult to remove. It is best to take your work out of the hoop when you’re not working on it, as it only takes a moment to place it back in the hoop.

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