All about hoops

Embroidery machines are wonderful because you become a designer—a creator—an artist.  The challenge as I’m sure many of you have discovered—is having the right tools to execute your creative ideas.  Traditional hoops don’t always fit your needs.  I understand this challenge—I face it daily in my sewing room.  That’s why I try to solve these challenges with helpful tools that address specific challenges.  The question of the day seems to be, “If I already have Magna-Hoop, why do I need Snap-Hoop?”  Magna-Hoop, Magna-Quilter and Snap-Hoop are very different hoops.  So let’s take a look at the differences and similarities.

  Snap-Hoop Magna-Quilter Magna-Hoop Jumbo Magna-Hoop
Fits in a standard hoop No No Yes Yes
Stabilizer is required for hold frames in hoop No No Yes No
Hoops small items (coasters, straps, etc) No No Yes Yes
Holds a quilt sandwich with no additional stabilizer Yes Yes No Yes
Diminishes the size of the sewing field No No Yes Yes
Is recognized by the machine Yes Yes No No
Eliminates hoop burn Yes Yes Yes Yes
Can tug on fabric and not distort fibers Yes Yes Maybe Maybe
Handles delicate embroidery projects Yes Yes Yes Yes
Best for: Quilt blocks, continuous embroidery, knits Quilting Small items Towels and continuous embroidery
Minute fabric adjustments are easy to make Yes Yes Yes Yes

Just like selecting stabilizer, selecting a hoop depends on many factors: the size of the item to be embroidered, the weight of the fabric, the size of the embroidery design and the intricacies of the embroidery design.  You should understand that the best tension you’ll ever achieve will be in the smallest standard hoop available for the design.  With that being said, that doesn’t mean that the smallest standard hoop can handle the rest of the job – weight and bulk of fabric or size of the item. 

This is how I evaluate an embroidery project.  I look at the fabric and determine its limitations – possibility of hoop burn, bulk and weight of fabric. Heavy towels go in Magna-Hoop Jumbo.  Velvet, silks and sheers perform well in Magna-Hoop, Magna-Hoop Jumbo and Snap-Hoop.

Next, I evaluate the embroidery design.  Does it have an intricate outline?  If so, a standard hoop, Magna-Hoop, or Magna-Hoop Jumbo might be the best choice.  Snap-Hoop is definitely a possibility here and a test stitch-out will verify the best selection. 

Ninety percent of my embroidery projects on knits are now done in Snap-Hoop.  I just fuse polymesh stabilizer to the wrong side of the fabric and secure it in Snap-Hoop.  I can stitch close to the neckline without stretching or distorting the stretchy fabric.  

All of my quilting projects are stitched in Magna-Quilter or Snap- Hoop.  Magna-Quilter is perfect for large blocks and strips while Snap-Hoop handles all blocks that fit in a 5” x 7” sewing field. 

If your focus is on small items – cuffs, collars and the like, then Magna-Hoop is the right choice.  

Examine the embroidery tasks you do on a regular basis.  Use the table above to determine what hoop is best for you when you answer the following questions. Do you lean towards quilting projects?  Do you find yourself monogramming towels all the time?  Is fashion embroidery your forte?  Do you struggle with getting items hooped squarely? Do your hands hurt from the repetitive act of hooping?  I am happy to say my hands are now pain-free after using Snap-Hoop, Magna-Quilter and Magna-Hoops on a regular basis.  

Why do you need one of these hoops?  You don’t NEED one, but they sure do make embroidery a whole lot easier to accomplish.

We’re giving away a Design’s in Machine Embroidery hoop this week!  Based on the chart, which hoop would really help you out with your embroidery challenges?  What items do you find yourself hooping the most?  Be sure to let us know what machine you have.  Just post a comment to be entered into the contest!
The winner of the $15.00 coupon  from last week is… Penny Kitzmiller!
I could use a snap hoop for my Singer Futura. The largest one I have now is a 5×7. OH an Eileen you are so great I love your inspirations and how you are making your dreams the real thing. Keep up the good work!
Congratulations, Penny!
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120 Comments on All about hoops

  1. Betsy
    June 25, 2010 at 9:47 pm (10 years ago)

    This is all still pretty new to me. I don’t have any of the hoops in the chart, just the hoops that came with my Husqvarna Viking Designer Diamond. It appears the Snap Hoop would be my first choice. I am planning on embroidering quilt blocks. With other embroideries, I still haven’t mastered getting the design centered properly. That seems to be my biggest hurdle so far. But I sure am having fun practicing!

  2. Betty
    June 25, 2010 at 10:26 pm (10 years ago)

    I am new to embroidery and I recently purchased a Pfaff 7570.

    I hope that there are hoops for my Pfaff.

    I just love learning about new techniques in embroidery.

  3. Karin
    June 26, 2010 at 12:50 am (10 years ago)

    Well, I *think* I’d get most use from the Snap-hoop. I don’t do ANYthing on knits today, because I never like the results. I just got (like, 2 days ago) a new Babylock Ellegante, thanks to my loving hubby that enjoys playing tricks on me! 🙂 The new machine came with an endless hoop, and I can’t wait to try it out!

    Thanks for all the help!! Congratulations, Penny, I’m jealous!

    • Sandi Brust
      June 27, 2010 at 5:06 pm (10 years ago)

      Karin, I have been using a Babylock ellegante2 for over a year now and it is the BEST !!! You will love it the more you do on it. Right now I am quilting a Wizard of Oz quilt using Eileen’s Stipple! Geometics. Can’t wait to finish and to show it to Eileen. I attended her seminar in St. Louis in January and learned so much. Try to attend one if she and her sister ever get close enough to your city. Could really using the Magna-Hoop while quilting this piece.

  4. Gail Beam
    June 26, 2010 at 2:28 am (10 years ago)

    I think I would get the most use out of the Snap-hoop. I have a Designer 1 and would love to try out this new hoop. I do a lot of embroidery on t shirts, sweatshirts, pillowcases, and towels for my grandchildren. Thanks for the chance to win one of these neat hoops.

  5. Bev Passwaters
    June 26, 2010 at 2:35 am (10 years ago)

    While attending the Stitching Sisters in Salem OR I realized I could really use the Snap Hoop and can hardly wait for the Snap Hoop to come out for the Pfaff Creative Vsion. It will be great to be able to embroider T-shirts without the difficulty of a standard hoop.

    It’s an amazing embroidery tool.

    Bev Passwaters

    • eileen
      July 1, 2010 at 2:56 pm (10 years ago)

      Hi Bev,

      Good news – the Snap Hoop for the Pfaff CV will be available very soon – about 10 days – in two sizes 120 x 120 and 260 x 200. We’ll post it in an email as soon as it’s ready to ship.

  6. Susan
    June 26, 2010 at 3:22 am (10 years ago)

    I have several Berninas and have a magna hoop for those impossible to hoop items, so I am torn between the Magna quilter and the snap hoop but from your description the snap hoop would give me more options if it is big enough (I love using my Mega hoop and Jumbo hoop!)

    • eileen
      June 26, 2010 at 3:34 am (10 years ago)


      I should have included Magna Quilts & Borders in the table above! Magna Quilts & Borders is the same size as a mega hoop and has all of the abilities that Magna Quilter and Snap Hoop feature. It is a great hoop with tons of potential!

  7. Rhonda
    June 26, 2010 at 5:08 am (10 years ago)

    I have a Janome MB-4 and believe that the snap hoop would be a very useful tool to have. I have so far been embroidering on Tshirts and trivets.

  8. Phyllis F
    June 26, 2010 at 2:33 pm (10 years ago)

    I have a Brother Quattro. I think I would like a Snap Hoop the best, and I would use it for continuous designs.

    • Charlene
      January 17, 2014 at 12:56 pm (6 years ago)

      I too have a brother Quattro (2 inovis 6700d)model.I just received my Snap Hoop Monster (5×7 size) in order to do towels and fleece, but I now find out that items like dish towels are not going to work in it. This quandary started when using a reg hoop to get fleece hooped with stabilizer top and bottom. Very close to NOT getting project finished done.So I ordered the Monster but think that was the wrong choice.FYI

    • Lyn Francis
      August 3, 2014 at 7:55 pm (6 years ago)

      Hi Phyllis,
      I also have the 6000D,and was thinking of buying the Monster Snap Hoop for quilting borders.
      I am not having any success getting info from Eileen roach on how to purchase one, could you tell me were to purchase them from, as in Australia we don’t have a retailer here. I have read a few forums on these hoops and people are having trouble with the machines software recognizing it.Have you heard of this problem.

  9. Susan Spiers
    June 26, 2010 at 8:40 pm (10 years ago)

    The Magna Hoop seems like the one I could use. I luv to adorn fashions to give them some pizazz! or sometimes something on the feminine side! I have a Singer Futura CE-150, do any of these fit it?

  10. LauraSzydlowski
    June 27, 2010 at 3:27 am (10 years ago)

    I enjoy all types of embroidery but I don’t do much quilting. I need something that will make my hands hurt less with hooping. The magna hoop would work for me but the snap hoop still looks easier to use and easier to line up fabric for designs. I have a Brother PC6500, with a 5×7 field. I would love to have either magna hoop or the snap hoop. Just to make my #1 passion more enjoyable. Thank you for your time and consideration.

  11. JudiB
    June 27, 2010 at 6:46 am (10 years ago)

    I can not wait for the Snap hoop to come out for the Viking, happy and Bernina. I embroider so many types of things that are difficult to hoop or the material gets hoop burn so easily. I have Magna Hoops and I like those. I have just ordered the Quick Snap set for the happy, but I think this Snap Hoop will be a wonderful assett for the Viking and Bernina. Please do not keep us waiting too long 🙂

  12. Paule-Marie
    June 27, 2010 at 4:15 pm (10 years ago)

    Ithink that the Snap Hoop would be as close to perfection as you can get for me. I do a lot of quilting and the 8×8 would be great when it comes out.

  13. Karen Isham
    June 27, 2010 at 7:51 pm (10 years ago)

    Hi Eileen,
    I am most excited to see your new Snap Hoop & even more excited to read that you will come out with an 8×8 Snap Hoop for the Viking machines. I hope that means the Designer Diamond! So many of us quilters have wanted a hoop that size for so long & this hoop has all kinds of possibilities for someone like me who has carpal tunnel & some osteoarthritis in my hands. Keep up the good work. I admire your work tremendously!

  14. Katherine
    June 27, 2010 at 9:45 pm (10 years ago)

    The snap hoop sounds great to me but are any of these compatible with VIking, I have the Designer SE

    • eileen
      July 1, 2010 at 2:59 pm (10 years ago)

      Hi Katherine,

      Good news – a 120 x 120 Snap Hoop for your SE will be available in about 10 days!

      • suzy
        July 23, 2010 at 1:36 am (10 years ago)

        When do you think you might come out with a larger sewing field for the Designer Se/Limited Edition

  15. Joyce Flotre (Colonies1)
    June 27, 2010 at 10:40 pm (10 years ago)

    Well reading about all the hoops I need something that will make my hand hurt less with hooping. A megna Hoop but the snap hoop?? might be easier to use. I have a Viking Designer I usb. I’m new at all this but love it as much as I have done.

  16. Judy Stowell
    June 27, 2010 at 11:01 pm (10 years ago)

    I had never heard of the Snap Hoop or the Magna Quilter. I have 2 sizes of the Magna Hoop & love them.
    The article was very helpful!!!!
    I wish there would be more hoops that fit Bernina’s. (I have a 730).
    First time viewer here – Thanks Eileen!!

  17. Terri
    June 27, 2010 at 11:06 pm (10 years ago)

    Oh I think the Snap Hoop is just what I need!! I’ve just got into quilting in the last 2 years and this hoop would give me more success. I’m still stitching away on my Babylock Ellageo and I love it.

  18. Ellen R. Perry
    June 27, 2010 at 11:26 pm (10 years ago)

    I love the snaphoop but I don’t think it will work with my the magna hoop (large one will). I have a ULT 2002D machine and I embroidery all the time. I don’t usually hoop my projects due to hoop burn, but think these hoops would be great…
    thank you and I love your magazine…

  19. Pam Warrington
    June 27, 2010 at 11:30 pm (10 years ago)

    Hi Eileen,
    I have really learned a lot from you. Thank you for all your inventions and troubleshooting. I saw you in Nashville about 2 years ago, and amazing is the adjective I would use. Great ideas and projects. I would love to have the Magna Quilter. I just bought a Brother 4500D that has the endless hoop capabilities and I’m practicing quilting in the hoop. Thanks again.

  20. Virginia Davis
    June 27, 2010 at 11:56 pm (10 years ago)

    Hi All
    I think the snap hoop would be my choice. I am starting to quilt and think this is the way to go. At least from what I have read.
    I don’t have any of the hoops so this is just a guess.
    thanks for all the info on your site.

  21. Sharon
    June 27, 2010 at 11:57 pm (10 years ago)

    I have been embroidering for 15 years now and it never ceases to amaze me what wonderful new products you come up with. I would love to experiment and experience the 5×7 snap-hoop with all its capabilities. Thanks for the inspiration you have provided for so many.

  22. Cathy
    June 28, 2010 at 12:24 am (10 years ago)

    I have a Brother Inovis 4000. I already have the magna hoop and love it! I used the magna quilter at the 2-day seminar you did at Jackman’s Fabrics and loved it! Besides that one, I’d like to have the jumbo magna hoop. Thanks for the awesome inspiration and products!

  23. Mary Snyder
    June 28, 2010 at 12:38 am (10 years ago)

    I think the snap hoop would be best for me as I would like to try embroidering on knits for our precious granddaughter. Thanks for keeping us up to date on embroidery. Mine is a Creative Vision.

  24. sharon kruml
    June 28, 2010 at 12:40 am (10 years ago)

    I would love to have the snap hoop and hope that some day I can afford one. I have a janome embroidery machine. So I have a 4×4 and a 5×7 hoop. I embroider a lot of different gifts for family and friends and also do a lot of blankets for foster children, and preemie babies as well as quilts of valor. So what extra money I have goes for the supplies for these endeavors but someday I will have one of these hoops if I do not win. I love your columns and read them every time. Luv Sharon

  25. Jean Guenther
    June 28, 2010 at 12:46 am (10 years ago)

    According to your charts the snap hoop would be the answer for me. I work on mostly knits. I have magnahoop which I really like but, most of the items I do are larger. I have never even tackled a continuous design even tho I have a really large hoop for my Brother Innovis 4000D. Thank you for all the work you do!

  26. Michelle
    June 28, 2010 at 2:26 am (10 years ago)

    I already have a Magna Hoop. I think the Snap Hoop would be great. Seems like it would make embroidering on knits a little easier. I have a Bernina 730.

  27. Joan
    June 28, 2010 at 3:07 am (10 years ago)

    I have a Babylock Ellageo and have ordered the 5×7 snap hoop. I have the magna hoop for the 6×10 and really would like to have the 4×4 snap hoop. Can’t wait to try it for the 5×7.

  28. Mitzi Barker
    June 28, 2010 at 3:22 am (10 years ago)

    Snap Hoop looks like the tool I’ve been hoping for! I have a Bernina 730 E, and I have been specifically wanting to integrate machine embroidery into my quilting…..have been frustrated by sore hands and less-than-exact results with the normal hoops. Eileen, I always appreciate the tricks and insights you offer that help me advance in my embroidery skills!

  29. Holly Tolman
    June 28, 2010 at 5:27 am (10 years ago)

    I have a Brother Innovis 1000 and I would love a Magna-Hoop. I am still learning soo much about this art. With four kids, the magna hoop would probably be the best, so I can embroider some great stuff for them. Thanks so much for all of the inspiration you give to us.

  30. emeggs
    June 28, 2010 at 5:28 am (10 years ago)

    I really would like to win a Magna Hoop for my Bernina Artista 180E. It is not easy to get one here in Austria, Europe.
    It could be such a difference to hold difficult fabric, don’t you think so?

    • Eileen
      July 1, 2010 at 2:09 pm (10 years ago)


      Yes—you are absolutely right! Magna-Hoop is ideal for stitching up those hard to hoop items you might have been hesitant to try. Just imagine stitching cuffs or collars—what a great way to update your wardrobe with little effort! Even baby items!

      And if you’ve avoided velvets or silks in the past because of hoop burn you’ll love using Magna-Hoop!


  31. Sue R
    June 28, 2010 at 6:00 am (10 years ago)

    Hi Eileen
    I have a Janome 10000 and a Janome 300E. I love embroidering (still learning though) and would love a magna-hoop. I love personalizing everything and especially baby items (bibs, towels, etc). I can’t wait to try one of these.

  32. karen
    June 28, 2010 at 9:27 am (10 years ago)

    I have the Janome 10001 and have been embroidering for about 5 years with this machine. It sounds like the snap hoop would make my sewing life a lot easier.

  33. Debi C.
    June 28, 2010 at 10:35 am (10 years ago)

    I have a Bernina Deco 330 and can never seem to get it to stitch out properly on knits! I am getting ready to start a minority owned business and would LOVE to be able to make my own company polo shirts, so I think the snap-hoop is in my future!

  34. Marcia Fette
    June 28, 2010 at 11:19 am (10 years ago)

    The snap hoop would be wonderful for all the quilting projects that I do. It would make the process so much more manageable. I have a Baby Lock Ellageo that I just love. Thank you for the wonderful advice and the free designs.


  35. Christine D.
    June 28, 2010 at 12:41 pm (10 years ago)

    I own an Artista 730E and puchased both the Jumbo and Magna Hoops while attending one of your classes. I would love to have a Snap hoop or Magna Quilter because I do struggle trying to get and keep everything straight in the hoop. I am interested in both machine embroidery and machine quilting. I have four daughters (ages 10 to 18) who I am introducing to sewing and embroidery. If I can keep the process simple, I can keep them interested. They are amazed at what they call my “magic” sewing machine. Thanks for all of your wonderful ideas and advice!

  36. Sandy W
    June 28, 2010 at 1:07 pm (10 years ago)

    I could use a mega hoop for my Janome 11000. I have started a business and towels are a big request but I do not like having to hoop them because of the bulk. Eileen, you are so great I love your inspirations and how your instructions help a visual person. I always look forward to my next issue of Designs, as I will learn something new.

  37. Angela Caldwell
    June 28, 2010 at 1:10 pm (10 years ago)

    Well I am getting better with my embroidery and have taken on a job with a local gift shop with some really awesome things. They want to embroider everything. So if they ask I will try! I find myself doing some really small items at times and think maybe the Magna Hoop would be helpful. I have a Brother PR620.
    I started this to learn something new, work from home and as a mother/daughter adventure since mom wants to retire in October. So we are excited about what we are doing and are eager to keep this going as we learn to trick of the trade.

  38. Mary M.
    June 28, 2010 at 2:19 pm (10 years ago)

    Thanks for the great information on your different hoops. I have a Viking Designer SE and Designer Diamond. I embroider on all kinds of projects. My latest was to use my machines to do the quilting on a quilt. If I were lucky enough to win this giveaway I would choose the Magna Hoop.

  39. Vickie C
    June 28, 2010 at 3:09 pm (10 years ago)

    Just started with my embroidery machine. I have a Brother Pacesetter PR8200. I have been doing some kids shirts, towels, place mats. The jumbo magna hoop would be good for all of the wedding gifts (towels) I plan on doing in the next few months.

  40. Terry
    June 28, 2010 at 3:39 pm (10 years ago)

    I loved this blog it was so helpful in educating me on what the different hoops will do. This is EXACTLY what I’ve been trying to figure out. I would love a snap hoop for my EMP6. The snap hoop fits the bill for exactly what I’ve been wanting to do – quit. The Magnaquilter does not come in a model that will fit my machine but the snap-hoop does and will take care of all my needs. I love the magna hoop I have for the machine and the snap hoop would just round everything out and I could then do EVERYTHING I wanted to do! Thanks for such a great posting!

    • eileen
      July 1, 2010 at 3:10 pm (10 years ago)

      Hi Terry,

      Thanks for your kind comments. We have two products for the EMP6 that might help you. The first, Quick Snap, enables you to take full advantage of the free-arm capabilities of your machine. Quick Snap has an attachment that replaces the machine’s arms and holds a variety of frames on the machine. Sliding a tote bag, sleeve or pant leg onto the frame is so simple and you won’t have to open a seam! The second product, Magna Quilter for Quick Snap, is very similar to Snap Hoop – in fact, we should rename it! It’s brand new so it’s not up on the website just yet. Look for it in the next week.

      • Terry
        July 1, 2010 at 4:33 pm (10 years ago)

        I see I confused the names – again! LOL Yes the Quick Snap is on my list of must have’s and I will be adding the Magna Quilter for Quick Snap to that list as soon as it is available as well.

        thanks for the information! Saving my money for both of these!

  41. Sharleen
    June 28, 2010 at 5:38 pm (10 years ago)

    I would like to have them both but the first would be the snap hoop for the PR600.

  42. maria elena
    June 28, 2010 at 7:00 pm (10 years ago)

    Oh howI would love a snap hooop to make my embroidery straight, that is a big hurdle for me. Eillen I first met you at the Martha Pullen market in texas, it was your first time there!!! I have enjoyed everything you do and have follow you throug the years. Keep us embroidering. I have a D1 so am not sure there is a snape hoop for me!!

  43. Clara Chandler
    June 28, 2010 at 9:45 pm (10 years ago)

    I own the Magna Hoop and enjoy the success I’ve had using the device to create “custom” ribbon trim on gift packages. A Snap Hoop would definitely add to the tools I have for making other projects without struggling with my machine’s hoop. A Bernina 640E is my machine.

    Eileen–Thanks for all the inspiring ideas and expanded knowledge that I gain from reading Designs in Machine Embroidery!!


  44. Peggy
    June 28, 2010 at 11:52 pm (10 years ago)

    The snap hoop would be perfect for me!! I have the Creative Vision, at this time it is not available for my machine.

  45. Barb
    June 29, 2010 at 5:01 pm (10 years ago)

    I love reading your blog and learning so much more than just through books. The projects are awesome and cut the learning curve! I would love a Magna Hoop as I want to embroider towels for Christmas gifts this year.

  46. Candi
    June 29, 2010 at 5:26 pm (10 years ago)

    I have to say that of all the parts of machine embroidery I hate hooping the most. I’d like to have a snap-hoop for my Viking Diamond, well….I’d like the magna-hoop also. So many designs, so little time.

    • eileen
      July 1, 2010 at 3:01 pm (10 years ago)

      Good news! Two Snap Hoops will be available for your Designer Diamond, the 120 x 120 and the 260 x 200! Look for a posting on our website in about 10 days! Maybe you’ll learn to enjoy hooping with these new hoops!

  47. Cheryl
    June 29, 2010 at 7:38 pm (10 years ago)

    The snap hoop sounds wonderful! I’d love to have one for my Designer SE. I have 2 granddaughters, 11 and 14, who are always wanting something embroidered or personalized–purses, gym bags, and more. Hooping has been a challenge and I’ve often resorted to stitching the design on fabric and then finding a way to attach it to the item. Sounds like the snap hoop would make some of these projects so much easier!

  48. Barb Stickle
    June 29, 2010 at 10:08 pm (10 years ago)

    I purchased the Snap Hoop for my Babylock Ellegante at the Stitching Sisters event this month. I didn’t think I “needed” it but it is so much easier that I found that I did “need” it. I just may need the MagnaQuilter next!

    • Cynthia
      November 20, 2011 at 12:23 am (8 years ago)

      Barb, I really need your help, I purchased the snap hoop and my stitches skip. I tryed the pattern on my standare hoop and it stitches out fine, can you advise me of maybe whats going on?

  49. Dawn Winn
    June 30, 2010 at 3:55 am (10 years ago)

    The Snap Hoop would definitely be my choice, if it is the best for doing machine embroidery on knits! The very first project I ever tried was to embroider the names of all the grandchildren on 2 sweatshirts, for my in-laws…and a lot of frustration, and 2 ruined sweatshirts later, I went to Walmart and bought them a gift card instead. I didn’t touch my embroidery machine again for over 6 months!
    I now have a Husqvarna Designer 1, but I avoid knits like the plague, and will do so as long as it is hard to hoop them. Hooping is a huge nightmare! I have degenerative joint disease, and the pain caused by hooping things tightly is not something I enjoy experiencing. Unfortunately for me, I am on disability, and the prices of the hoops are just not in my budget, but I do like reading the blogs, and articles about them. It is always good to stay current with what is happening. Thank you for all the enlightening information you pass along! I really do enjoy it!

  50. Darla Newton
    June 30, 2010 at 6:57 am (10 years ago)

    I have a Brother 8500 and a Janome 9000. I had thought of purchasing the Magna Hoop just because I like the idea of the magnets holding things together.. but now that I see the Snap hoop – I think that is the one I need first. I enjoy your blog and reading the comments of others.

  51. Mary C
    June 30, 2010 at 6:04 pm (10 years ago)

    I am a newbie to machine embroidery (although I have purchased a 2nd machine!) There is so much to learn and reading these blogs and articles help a lot! I think the Jumbo Magna Hoop sounds wonder. No continuous rehooping.

  52. Lisa K
    July 1, 2010 at 8:39 pm (10 years ago)

    Thank You for your always helpful advise and hints. I would like to try the Jumbo Magna hoop. Are these magnetic hoops safe to use next to a computerized embroidery machine? I was told to keep all magnets away from the machine.

  53. Deb Fischer
    July 6, 2010 at 9:00 pm (10 years ago)

    I just upgraded to a Baby Lock Elisimo AND purchased your Magna Quilter hoop in anticipation of my retirement date, just 6 months from now. I actually asked my retailer about the Magna Hoop just today and it will probably be my next purchase (next paycheck). But I would love to “win” one so I can use my fun money for more of your designs…
    Thank you for all the marvelous information in your articles. I print and save almost every one of them.

  54. M. Gail Laub
    July 12, 2010 at 11:24 pm (10 years ago)

    Thank you for covering the best use of each hoop for different projects! The quality of an embroidered design is often decided before you get to the machine, so anything that improves hooping is a real plus. My Designer Diamond would be just about perfect if I had a Snap-Hoop!
    Thanks for your wonderful articles.
    Gail Laub

  55. Rene
    July 14, 2010 at 10:46 am (10 years ago)

    Good day. I love to read the blog, there are so many wonderfull ideas and creative samples. I have a Brother Innovis 4000 and would love to do a first time quilt and therefor will try the snap hoop to make the project easier.

    Thank you
    Be blessed

  56. janet k. hendren
    July 19, 2010 at 4:34 pm (10 years ago)

    I am retired and bought my Bernina 730E, right before I had to retire. My husband became ill and it has taken two years to find out what his illness is. Therefore, I can’t afford all the things I would love to buy for my embroidery endeavor. I would love to try all the hoops as hooping is such a challenge with all the stabilizers and sprays I use. And I have ruined some beautiful knit shirts for my grandchildren. I quilt and my pojects lay for months now to be quilted. I know the magna jumbo quilter would work so well and my work would be straight for the names I put on my grandchildrens shirts. Would love to try them all! I love your magazine. I can’t wait till the next one comes each month.

  57. Susan
    July 26, 2010 at 3:56 am (10 years ago)

    I have a 440QE and Deco 340. I have been trying for 4 years to do perfect embroidery but the hooping is always my greatest challenge. I would love to have hoops for my machines so I could throughly enjoy this hobby. I really want to enjoy it.

  58. suzy
    July 31, 2010 at 11:33 pm (10 years ago)

    Eileen will the larger hoop for the Viking work on the new Ruby machine , it has a Royal hoop which is 360mm x 200mm (14 1/4 x 8″)

    • chas
      June 11, 2014 at 5:45 am (6 years ago)

      I, too, wish to know about the use of ANY of these hoops on the Husqvarna Ruby. Does any person have experience or advise on the subject?

  59. Deb Fischer
    August 5, 2010 at 1:38 pm (10 years ago)

    I just recently upgraded to the BabyLock Ellisimo and am really looking forward to a little bit more challenging projects. I have been admiring the Jumbo Magna Hoop because of the flexibility it would provide in types and size of projects. For example, my husband always wears baseball-style caps and I would love to personalize them for him. One of my grandchildren loves slippers and I would enjoy spritzing them up for her but hooping these kinds of things is a challenge. So I would love the Magna Hoop so I can start having more fun.

  60. carol fitzgerald
    August 6, 2010 at 3:43 am (10 years ago)

    hi eileen
    it is so good that we have people like you inventing fantastic
    hoops .
    The U S A is the innovation capital regarding embroidery i just love to check out your site to see whats new
    in the world of embroidery. i am going to buy the jumbo magna hoop first as it has the most positive attributes. i dont have any as yet but now our dollar(aus) is going up its time to buy.
    we dont have anything like it in australia but through the internet the world is our oyster.

  61. carol fitzgerald
    August 6, 2010 at 3:47 am (10 years ago)

    i would like to ask if you could put the graphs of the different hoops on the main page (of designs in embroidery)so we can refer to it in the future. thanks carol

  62. Barbara
    August 21, 2010 at 12:13 pm (10 years ago)

    I like to sew on my Janome, do any of these hoops work with Janome?

  63. Debbie
    August 22, 2010 at 8:36 am (10 years ago)

    Now I am torn between the two, a snap hoop or a magna hoop or maybe both. LOL

  64. Anna-Marie
    August 22, 2010 at 11:48 am (10 years ago)

    I love to embroider on fine materials like organza and tule, so would like to use magna hoop, so the fine materials will not get damage by the hooping in ordanary hoops.

  65. Kay
    September 3, 2010 at 6:58 pm (10 years ago)

    I have a Pfaff Creative Vision and was told by the former dealer not to use any magnetic hoops as it would interfere with the embroidery components. There is no Pfaff dealer in the area. What information do you have about this as the snap hoop and magna hoops look great to use?

  66. heather
    September 30, 2010 at 6:34 am (10 years ago)

    I have the Brother PR 650 and think that the Snap Hoop would be just the thing to use for totes and pant legs. To be able to embroider on them without taking out the seam would be great. I also sew on towels a lot and think it would be so much easier to hoop it correctly with this hoop.

  67. heather studwell
    November 22, 2010 at 3:47 pm (9 years ago)

    I have years as a custom window treatment workroom and now am expanding into embroidery on gift items. I have a new Singer Futura ce-150 and sure could use the G hoop everyday! Thanks for the opportunity to have one and the wonderful information on your blog! You are so complete, and helpful you have saved me many hours of trial and error!

  68. CindyBoyd
    November 23, 2010 at 4:16 am (9 years ago)

    I would LOVE to have a snap hoop. My children are getting older, so I am getting more creative to meet their needs. This hoop seems perfect for my new projects!

  69. L.Sue Hoerauf
    November 27, 2010 at 10:19 pm (9 years ago)

    I have the Ellisimo babylock machine. I have all the magna hoops that will fit my machine and my favorite even so is the Snap Hoop. I noticed an odd kind of “filings” on my machine bed and realized that the metal part of the Snap Hoop was rubbing and filing my machine. I tried putting things on the bed but it would cause my machine to drag. I found that I can wrap that metal part with Badgemaster pieces that were left over from previous embroideries and it glided over the bed with no adverse effects even when I used a long and tedious pattern It held and it is still on the hoop and fine when I put it into it’s box. Oh yes, I attached it with regular Scotch tape. nothing more. Sue Hoerauf

  70. Kay
    December 9, 2010 at 11:29 am (9 years ago)

    I have a Pfaff Creative Vision and have heard the Magna hoop is now available for my machine. I would love to have this hoop for my many projects.

  71. Vicki London
    January 12, 2011 at 8:51 pm (9 years ago)

    I have a Baby Lock Ellegante. The more I embroider on it, the more I like it!! Have been trying to decide between the Snap Hoop and the Magna Quilter, but they seem about the same to me. I want to use the Hoop mainly for quilting without having to “re-hoop” my standard Baby Lock hoop time and time again. But – is the Snap Hoop for small projects only??

    Thanks – love the info here!

    Vicki London

  72. Eileen
    January 12, 2011 at 9:48 pm (9 years ago)

    Snap Hoop and Magna Quilter are very similar – the biggest difference is the size of the hoops. Snap Hoop is available in 5” x 7” and 4” x 4” while Magna Quilter is 7” x 12”. I find I’ve been using Snap Hoop for most of my quilting projects lately – in fact, I just wrote a whole book on quilting with an embroidery machine using the 5” x 7” Snap Hoop. Also, I think the 5” x 7” Snap Hoop is more versatile for a variety of embroidery tasks.

  73. Joyce Cate
    January 17, 2011 at 4:46 am (9 years ago)

    I am a new subscriber to Designs mag. and am delighted to find your blog and info. I have the Viking Diamond and the Brother Quattro, and have been trying to get info on the magna and snap hoops. I think I may eventually get both, but the snap hoop sounds best for me overall because I want to do continuous borders and reconstitute split designs. Too bad we can’t do tubular embroidery, though.

  74. Ellen King
    January 30, 2011 at 6:23 pm (9 years ago)

    I would really like to purchase an entire set of snap hoops for my Bernina 830 and 640e machines. The hoop I use the most these days is the Jumbo hoop. When will you come out with a Snap Hoop for that size/brand?

  75. Brenda
    February 4, 2011 at 5:22 pm (9 years ago)

    I have a Singer Futura CE-250. I am an avid quilter, love fashion sewing and also do home decor sewing. I am currently looking into the options for this machine. From what I can tell, my only option is the Magna-Hoop, but I really wish there was a Jumbo Magna-Hoop available…

  76. karen young
    March 17, 2011 at 11:04 pm (9 years ago)

    i have just bought a magna hoop 5×7 for my brother super galaxie 3000 and i absolutely love it, im definately going to get the jumbo one i struggle with hooping along with most people. i would very much like snap hoop aswell i feel this would be very useful to me also. when will one be available?. i love your products we don’t have anything like this in the uk keep them coming.

  77. Pat Bergeron
    August 27, 2011 at 9:53 am (9 years ago)

    I have a singer quantum xl6000. Are any of these hoops compatible with my machine. I like to quilt a lot, and it just seems that life would be easier if I could use one of these. Thanks so much for your help.

  78. Linda Craig
    September 7, 2011 at 4:40 am (9 years ago)

    I have a janome 350E and I would love a snap hoop.
    both my sister have order the quilter and snap hoop.
    I told my husband and he understands what I want.
    they have brother machines.
    Hope you have one in the future.But I guess the magna hoop is my only option for now.
    I have the regular magna hoop and it is nice for those hard to get Items. ijust want to have the snap hoop.

  79. Susan Weber
    September 16, 2011 at 7:11 pm (9 years ago)

    I have a Brother Quatro 6000D and would love to have the Magna Quilt. I am fairly new to doing quilting and would love to do some stippling on small projects, like purses, and this hoop would make it so much easier. I have so many stippling designs in my embroidery designs and have not tried any of them out yet so this hoop would help a great deal.

    Love your magazine!

  80. Patricia Manamon
    February 14, 2012 at 1:40 pm (8 years ago)

    I have been reading all about the snap hoop,and quilting in the hoop.I have a babylock Ellegante.And a new grandson on the way how i wish to quilt for all my children how easy you make it look.Can’t wait to try.thanks to all your tips.Grammy Patty

  81. Marlene caprinolo
    April 5, 2012 at 6:51 pm (8 years ago)

    I own 2 vikings and I think the snap hoop would be great for me. I am not fond of hooping and think this is the way to go.

  82. peggy jean marcus
    April 19, 2012 at 8:47 pm (8 years ago)

    I bought a Quick snap hoop and i try to adjust the pin 3 times up and down and it keeps telling me “need to change to a bigger hoop”what can i do?I have bmp8 BABYLOCK MACHINE

  83. Judy Wentz
    September 7, 2012 at 12:24 pm (8 years ago)

    I am taking your Craftsy class about Embroidered Quilts. I would love to have a Snap Hoop for my Janome 350E, but in reading a response to one of the questions on Craftsy it appears that they will not be available for 3-4 months. But if I should win, I don’t mind waiting. This is the first Craftsy class I have taken and I am certainly glad I chose your class. I hope you do many more.

  84. Christine R Taylor-Sutler
    September 25, 2012 at 10:33 am (8 years ago)

    I have a 10 needle Enterprise by Baby Lock. I bought the Quick-Snap Hooping Solution. I continue to get Change To A Larger Hoop message. I stitch the design in another hoop and measured. There was more than enough room. What am I doing wrong. Help Please

  85. Maxine C. Harris
    November 4, 2012 at 8:22 am (7 years ago)

    As of November 2012, what is the largest size Snap Hoop available for a Viking Designer SE Limited and where can it be purchased?
    Thank you!

    • Denise Holguin
      November 7, 2012 at 4:33 pm (7 years ago)

      Hi Maxine,
      Great question. Snap-Hoop D Version 2 is a 120mm x 120mm hoop and is the largest available model for your Designer SE Limited Edition.

      It’s available for purchase directly from our website:

      Or you can give us a call at 888-739-0555.

      Local sewing dealers also carry our line of products. You may want to give them a call to verify they have the product in inventory. If they don’t carry the product arrangements can be made to get the product in stock at their store.

      Hope this helps!
      Denise Holguin
      Managing Editor

      • Maxine C. Harris
        November 8, 2012 at 12:27 am (7 years ago)

        Thank you Denise! Do you know if a larger size will be forthcoming and when?

  86. Tara
    November 7, 2012 at 3:01 pm (7 years ago)

    I have a brother se400 it is all we can afford starting out but the machine is so limited!!!! I could REALLY use a magna hoop or snap hoop but I cant find a magna hoop to work with my machine?? I am soooo bummed have so many projects and I need more versatility!

    • Denise Holguin
      November 7, 2012 at 3:32 pm (7 years ago)

      Hi Tara,
      I have some exciting news to tell you! Beginning with Volume 78 Jan/Feb 2013, we’ll be featuring a column by Joann Connolly that will focus on projects for small hoops. (I can’t spoil all the excitement… but I assure you– the first project is simply ADORABLE!)

      Denise Holguin
      Managing Editor

  87. katie
    December 22, 2012 at 11:45 am (7 years ago)

    I have a snap hoop. It distorts every single thing that I’ve tried to embroider. It pulls the stitches toward the middle of the design so I have pucked embroideries. I’ve hooped it with every stabilizer there is. It may work for some people, but I’ve given up on it and it was just a waste of my money. I’d advise everyone to give it a test run at a dealer before purchasing.

  88. Marian Pena
    May 21, 2013 at 3:22 am (7 years ago)

    I was already to order the SnapHoop today for my Viking Designer 1, all to realize that it won’t work on the Designer 1? If this is the case, it seems a bit short-sighted to not include the Designer 1 or Designer SE series machines in the hoop ranges. I can totally see myself ordering this hoop as I’m sure other designer series owners would as well. Also, it’s as if you’ve removed all the older series snaphoops in favor of the newer stronger one? Why, if you could still sell the older version would you do that? Either or, it doesn’t give me great confidence in ordering any product from Designs In Machine Embroidery if older machines such as the Brother Ult Series or Viking Designer series are going to be left behind like dust in the wind. Sad.

  89. Vici Fallin
    July 19, 2013 at 2:35 pm (7 years ago)

    Just had to tell you how great!!! the extra strength SNAP HOOP is. I had tried the regular snap hoop on my
    Creative Vision Pfaff and could not control the slipping of several trial pieces, returned it to local store, but decided to take another chance on what seemed to be a great idea.IT IS SUPER !!! I do not know how I got along with out it. I got the larger one and am considering the smaller one sometime. I also bought your book Machine Embroidery in six easy lessons, well worth the money. This is well written, easy to refer to and the tools are very helpful. Surely wish you had a workshop close by. Thanks for all your good help. Vici

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  91. Kathy
    October 20, 2013 at 1:00 pm (6 years ago)

    I would love to be the proud new owner of a new hoop and judging by this chart I think the Snap-Hoop would be my choice. I have a Brother PE700ii and I seem to be doing more t-shirts than anything although I do woven fabrics too.

  92. adele hetzel
    May 24, 2014 at 12:56 pm (6 years ago)

    Based on the chart and my sewing needs and habits, I would find the magna-quilter most useful on my PFaff creative sensation pro

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  97. Luci Slwyka
    September 10, 2014 at 10:57 am (6 years ago)

    Please I need some help. I am having issues with my Snap Hoops for the 10 needle Babylock machine.
    My machine does not recognize the hoop that I am working with.
    The frame does not have a letter stamped on it as the instructions state is that part of my problem?
    I purchased a set of 7×11 and a set of 4×4; 5×7. So far I have only been working with the 7×11. I print the templates and trace the designs with my machine. When the machine does the trace, the frame seems to jump and jam but it’s not obstructed at all. The trace indicates that there is enough room for my 10.8″ design. When I get close to the the frame (about 1″) when stitching out the design the design start stitching on itself.
    Also when tracing the design I have to move the design to the right almost 24 to 26mm. Then the design is technically not centered on my project.

    I am so very frustrated that the hoops are such a problem for me. I thought that they would make hooping so much easier but so far I have not been successful.

  98. Marie
    January 31, 2015 at 8:35 pm (5 years ago)

    Has anyone else been having this problem: I have a Brother Pr650 6 needle machine and I have the Quick Snap hoop installed. Lately my hoops are not being held tightly by the Quick Snap device that holds the hoop. I made sure the two screws were tight. I have been doing a lot of applique and I notice the hoop may move up to 1/4 inch toward either side throwing my embroidery off. I love the ease of using the Snap Hoop, but this issue with applique is really annoying.
    Any suggestions?

  99. Beryl
    October 22, 2015 at 4:18 pm (4 years ago)

    I have purchased a magnetic hoop for my Pfaff Sensation but the machine does not recognise it to sew, what steps should I take? Cheers Beryl

  100. Virginia Nelson
    November 15, 2015 at 8:48 am (4 years ago)

    Is the Snap Hoop available
    for Brother ULT?

    September 6, 2018 at 1:22 pm (2 years ago)

    I would like a snap hoop but not sure if any fit my machine. I have a BrotherSE400.. I love to embroidery but hate the hooping. Any help in this matter would be greatly appreciated. I mostly do square for quilts with the batting attached so it would be great to have one of these hoops.


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