Hoops are integral tools for a successful and joyful embroidery stitching, or in some cases, a part of a frustrating experience. It is important that you take your time researching about embroidery hoops, so you end up buying the right hoop for your projects. Simply put, there really is no substitute to trial-and-error, but it pays to have these pointers in mind, too.
For some, choosing a hoop is largely dependent on personal preference. You need to ask yourself questions like, “How big is my project?”, “How long will it take me to finish my next embroidery project?”, and “Will I be brining my project with me on my travels?” The answer to these questions will help you narrow down your embroidery hoops selection.
Embroidery hoops usually come in two pieces: the framing piece or outer edge which is outfitted with a screw or spring for tighten or loosen the hoop, and an inner hoop that fits inside the framing piece.
Round hoops are the most popular and common shape. Their sizes range between 3 inches up to 14 inches in diameter. To determine whether a hoop is the right one for your project, make sure to fit it around your intended fabric with a few inches of overhang.
Ideally the fabric should lay tight within the hoop, but not too tight that it causes the fabric to pucker after running the floss through. Choose a hoop that feels comfortable in one hand, so you can use the other for stitching purposes. Bear in mind that the hoop doesn’t necessarily have to encircle the entire pattern, as it can be larger or smaller in size.
It is important to remove the hoop from the fabric in between your embroidery sessions. This is to avoid leaving permanent indentations on your fabric.
Woven or Plastic Hoop Material
Embroidery hoops are typically made from wood or plastic. The hoops from bamboo or wood feature smooth inner hoops. In some models, the inner hoops have extra padding, so it’s imperative to wrap this side with twill tape for a tight and snug fit.
Quality is an important element to look for in wooden hoops. If you skimp and buy the cheapest in, it is highly likely that your hoops will suddenly crack while doing embroidery work. You end spending more since you need to purchase a new one.
An embroidery hoop made from plastic typically features a groove or lip which locks the inner hoop to the framing hoop. Screw hardware functions to tighten the hoops together to create a snug fit making and allows the fabric to be held taut while doing embroidery projects.
Embroider hoops manufactured from metal are uncommon. They were more popular during yesteryears, but if you appreciate vintage and durable hoops, you may also give them a try.
Of course, round hoops are commonplace, as they are available in art and crafts stores. You may also choose from oval and square-shaped hoops if they are more compatible and convenient for your project.
The good news is that most tools used that involves some type of sewing may be used interchangeably between crafts. Embroidery hobbyists may use quality hoops which are larger in size than embroidery hoops.
Quilting hoops are ideal for projects that utilize thicker fabrics. A Q-snap frame or square hoop are commonly used for hand quality and are made from PVC material. Quilting hoops have outer clips that fit snuggly around the four edges of the fabric, hence leaving the corners fully exposed. They work nicely when used for embroidery projects, too.
Now that you have a better understanding about hoops, it’s time for you to purchase one that will work best for our upcoming project. For your embroidery needs, visit On the Cuff at our store in Denton Texas for all of your embroidery needs.