Let me introduce you to a very powerful combo that solves all of your hooping dilemmas, PAL2 and Hoop Dock. That combo is what I call my hoop throne and it sits on the corner of my cutting table. Always at the ready, PAL2 hovers over Hoop Dock since it’s clamped to the table.
Recently, I was working on a decorative table cover featuring an embroidery design as large as my 5” x 7” hoop. I knew I wouldn’t have any wiggle room to adjust the design once the fabric was hooped. Plus the design will stitch close to the edge of the fabric so I opted to hoop adhesive tear-away stabilizer.
I inserted the hoop’s outer ring into Hoop Dock and it firmly held the outer ring of my Baby Lock/Brother embroidery hoop (I can’t wait until it’s available for my other machines). Then I added the stabilizer; Hoop Dock creates friction between the stabilizer and the hoop, so nothing moves around while I get the inner ring in place.
Once the stabilizer was hooped, I aligned PAL2’s beam with the hoop’s centering marks. Now I can forget about the hoop and focus on the table covering.
Of course, I always use a target sticker or template on my fabric so I know exactly where my design is supposed to land. Then, I slid the marked fabric under the beam and aligned the crosshairs.
I am confident the fabric is centered in the hoop and I just finger press the fabric to the sticky stabilizer and I know my design will fill the hoop! My hooping throne makes hooping so much easier – and precise. I don’t know what I did before I used this combo.
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