10 Commandments of Machine Embroidery – Thou Shalt Hoop!

Hello, and welcome to my 10 week series on the 10 commandments of machine embroidery.

I really wanted to go over some of the basics of machine embroidery, and look at the rules that we should all be looking at to make the most of our stitching time.

The second one that I want to look at is possibly the most important.

Thou Shalt Hoop

I realise this can be a little controversial, and yes, there are always reasons to break the rules, but for 90% of what you will embroider, you will need to Hoop.

Hooping is important for a number of reasons.  Firstly, you need to secure your fabric in the hoop, at the correct tension, to have the best possible chance of stitching a great design.

Fabric should be centred in the hoop, with the warp/weft of the fabric square and in line with the hoop.

hooping

For best results, as well as your fabric in the hoop, you should also hoop your stabiliser with your fabric.  The stabiliser is there to support and hold the fabric, and you will receive the best results by having both layers hooped together.

Hoop on a flat surface (generally a table), and I like to place the stabiliser, fabric, and top of the hoop together, and work out my positioning, before I pick up the hoop, fabric, and stabiliser, and placing onto the hoop bottom.  Use your screw to tighten up the hoop until it is firm (not too too tight), and then, if there is any puckering in the hoop, I like to pop the fabric out, and back in again, to complete.  I do not subscribe to the theory of hooping tight as a drum.  At no time do I want to pull the fabric to the point that it distorts the weave in the fabric (this will lead to puckering).

If you have clips which come with your machine (magnetic or plastic is fine), this would now be the time to secure the clips to your machine for added fabric security.

You are now ready to stitch out your design!

Thank you for allowing me to share the first of my commandments with you.  I look forward to sharing more with you in the weeks to come.

Until next time, have a Stitchin’ Day.  Julie.

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