Hooping fabric for a machine embroidery project can be a little like learning to ice skate. No Choctaw turns, just the hoop slipping and sliding around the table top and the possibility of your fabric being askew in the hoop.
To solve that issue, I like to use the No-Slip Hooping Mat.
Here’s how the No-Slip Hooping Mat works:
- The mat has a large, cushy, no-slip surface to use with small to large hoops.
- The laser-etched lines assist to accurately hoop the fabric. You can easily see the lines through most stabilizers.
- There are seven nonslip feet to attach/adhere to the underside of the mat. Why feet? The height of the feet gives the mat natural spring for less strain on your wrists when hooping the fabric.
Here’s how to hoop fabric, using a cut-away or tear-away stabilizer:
- With the inner and outer hoops together, place them on the mat and align the vertical and horizontal hoop marks with the mat lines.
- Then, remove the inner hoop. Place the stabilizer on top of the outer hoop.
- Determine where you’d like to center your embroidery. An easy way to align the fabric is to give it placement lines—fold and/or press mark the fabric vertically and horizontally at the center point of embroidery placement.
- Align the marks on the mat with the press marks on the fabric.
- Unfold the fabric. Then place the inner hoop into the outer hoop.
- Press down on the hoop. Bingo!
Next, here’s how to hoop when using an adhesive stabilizer:
- This hooping is much like the previous process. Only this time, the self-adhesive or water-activated adhesive stabilizer is hooped between the outer and inner fabric.
- Remove the protective covering from the self-adhesive stabilizer or apply water to the water-activated adhesive stabilizer.
A little sewing trivia: As I was keying in the term, “water-activated adhesive stabilizer” I couldn’t help but think about the first stabilizer I used when sewing decorative stitches, hmm…The stabilizer? adding machine tape!
- Next, place the hoop/stabilizer over the mat, again aligning laser-etched lines and marks on the hoop.
- Press mark the fabric and align along the laser-etched marks on the mat.
- Unfold the fabric, and finger press.
- Now the fun part begins—attach the hoop to your computerized embroidery machine and stitch the design.
Check out more details of the No-Slip Hooping Mat.
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