I stitch almost every day, and if I’m not stitching, I’m usually thinking about my next project. My thoughts often lean toward how to make this hobby more enjoyable and how to teach techniques that simplify the process. I try to stay in touch with embroiderers and their needs. So I’ve really listened when embroiderers told me they have trouble hooping. I asked them to define, ‘trouble hooping’.
Most complain about these points:
- The inner and outer rings of a standard embroidery hoop tend to distort the fabric.
- Getting the fabric square in the hoop is difficult.
- Connecting embroidery designs in multi-hooping is more complicated than they ever dreamed.
- Their hands hurt from pushing the inner ring into the outer ring and tightening the screw.
After contemplating these struggles for well, years, I invented Snap-Hoop. I love this hoop. It’s flat – no fabric distortion. It’s a magnetic top frame and metal bottom frame which makes fabric alignment simple. It’s so simple to stitch continuous designs – I don’t even remove the bottom frame from the machine. I just lift the top, slide the fabric and drop the top frame in place. I can honestly say I have never enjoyed machine embroidery as much as I do now. AND my hands don’t hurt now! I am in the process of writing a book – stitching every morning and all weekend at home (in addition to normal stitching in the office) – pain free! That’s something I haven’t been able to say for quite a few years.
Snap-Hoop is a revolutionary hoop and I use it on knits, quilt sandwiches and woven fabrics. It’s not for every embroidery task – and you should always stitch a test before embarking on your final project – but boy, it sure does 90% of the embroidery tasks I have to stitch every week. Visit the Snap-Hoop page at Designs in Machine Embroidery to get more information and to view some videos.
We are diligently working on Snap-Hoop for many more machine models and appreciate your patience while we create prototypes, test the hoops and finally get them into production.
Leave a comment this week and tell me what model you’d like to see. Tell us the size of the hoop, machine brand and model and win a chance to receive a $15 coupon this week. You can use it on our site for anything you’d like, a hoop, embroidery tool, magazine subscription etc. If we already offer a Snap-Hoop for your machine model—tell me what would be the first embroidery project you would stitch using the Snap-Hoop.
The winner of the Perfect Placement Kit from last week is… Miriam!
I have embroidered designs on shirts for several of the men in my family. My husband won a jacket in Las Vegas with just the logo of the casino in the upper left side of the jacket. He wantged more on the jacket so I embroidered a straight flush poker hand on the right side and a large dragon on the back. People are always commenting on his jacket and asking where he got it. He proudly tells them. I embroidered black T-Shirts for all of the men for Fathers Day.