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    Hooping the fabric without hooping

    Hooping the fabric without hooping

    Practically any new technique is born in the course of creation. Again and again, we conjure out new techniques that make our production time shorter and our coffee breaks longer.

    The hooping method I’m going to describe in this article was suggested to me by one of the Broidery.ru forum first members. And, just like in the Broken Telephone game, while passing hands the concept changed somewhat, though I tried to stick to the original one. Sergei Demin, who inspired me, endorsed my version and promised to elaborate on the original idea in the nearest future.

    Before you start reading, I’d like to tell you in what cases this wonderful little technique might come in handy:

    • Use it to embroider a large number of the same size designs. It will save you a lot of time.
    • If your fabric is of a lightweight and delicate kind, this method will allow you to forego the hooping part.
    • If you do not own a small hoop, and for a larger one the piece to be embroidered is too tiny, this method will spare you sewing on additional strips of fabric in order to enlarge it.

    You understand, no doubt, that I’ve covered only the basic rules here — it is for you, dear reader, to expand upon them!

    So, happy hooping without hooping!

    The work order

    You’ll need a piece of polyethylene a little larger than your hoop, double-sided painter’s tape, and the hoop.

    Painter's tape, hoop and polyethylene sheet

    Hoop the polyethylene.


    Better pick plastic sheeting they use for covering greenhouses: it is dense enough and doesn't warp (almost). 

    Stick the painter’s tape to the inner side of the hoop.

    A strip of painter's tape in embroidery hoop

    After that, unpeel the protective layer. Stick another layer of tape on top of the first. 

    Determine the size of the embroidery area.

    Hoop with painter's tape and polyethylene

    Then, cut the hole with 5 mm allowance.

    Scissors and painter's tape

    Choose an appropriate stabilizer and attach it to the wrong side of the fabric.

    Fabric and scissors

    Place the fabric on the prepared surface and start the embroidery.

    Piece of fabric attached to the hoop

    Having finished, remove the embroidered piece of fabric and replace it with the new one. Continue the embroidery.

    A woman's face in the embroidery hoop

    In order to determine the size of the embroidery area, attach the taped hoop to the machine. Load the design and observe the embroidery area on your display. The machine will determine the boundaries of the design and move the needle bar to outline the perimeter, making short stops at the corners.

    When the needle is directly above the corner, drop it to make a puncture in the polyethylene sheet with the painter’s tape attached to it. Raise it, and the machine will continue the demonstration. Having found the 4 corner points, you’ll draw a rectangle without difficulty. After that, cut the hole the size of the embroidery area with 5 mm allowance.

    Keep in mind that the sticky side of the tape should hold the fabric in place, and therefore, this method may not be suitable for the designs almost as big as the hoop.

    Use the sticky hoop until the adhesive tape fails to hold the fabric in place.

    An embroidered woman's face

    Idea by Sergei Demin

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