Hoop Throne

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Want to win a PAL2? Take a guess at where I took this photo and you’ll be entered to win a PAL2!

The 2 winners of last week’s assignment answered the following question:

What household tools do you use in your studio?  Post your comment and TWO, that’s right TWO lucky winners will receive a $50 shopping spree to use at Oma’s Place.

The winner is:  Becky!
“I use a stubby, short screw driver for my machine, if needed.
I use blue painter’s tape as a fabric guide.
I use plastic cable ties around the inside top of a tote bag or bag for a stable opening.
I use washers if I have to adapt my bobbin size.
I use plastic milk crate to store projects to be worked on so they will stay together and be portable.
Chain links can be used as pattern weights (be sure they are clean).
A 1/4 inch chisel can be used in purse closures to bend prongs.
A grommet machine for anything with a grommet.
Paint brush for dusting.
Canned air for dusting and blowing off threads.
Plastic garden or pet wire for tote bags.
Light bulbs to shape free standing lace ornaments.
Tape measure for obvious reasons.
Needle nose pliers for reaching in serger for threads.
There are many more.”

The second winner is Judie Renfrow
“Oh, one more thing.  I buy the individual pedi toe separators at the beauty supply store – $1.49 for 12 and I use those to put on my bobbins to keep the threads tidy.”




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81 Comments on Hoop Throne

  1. Connie
    October 10, 2012 at 1:04 pm (7 years ago)

    Well I guess Wisconsin because that is Jen Maulder’s Camry.

    October 10, 2012 at 1:36 pm (7 years ago)

    I will guess Chicago, IL

  3. Caroline Weber
    October 10, 2012 at 1:41 pm (7 years ago)

    I would guess in a parking lot anywhere in the US!

  4. JennyChristiansen
    October 10, 2012 at 1:51 pm (7 years ago)

    a Babies R Us parking lot

  5. Nancy Moore
    October 10, 2012 at 1:53 pm (7 years ago)

    I would guess at a Wal-Mart!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. Susan Novak
    October 10, 2012 at 1:59 pm (7 years ago)

    Were you at the Quilt Expo in Madison, WI?

  7. Ellen Perry
    October 10, 2012 at 2:15 pm (7 years ago)

    Stitchin sisters conference…ep

  8. Judith Marsh
    October 10, 2012 at 2:39 pm (7 years ago)

    Just the helper for arthritic hands!

  9. Rita Guzzard
    October 10, 2012 at 2:53 pm (7 years ago)

    Where did you get all the duckies??? I see your badge, so you are at a show. I’m going to guess your last event at Steve’s Sewing Center
    in King of Prussia, PA.

  10. Susan Boliek
    October 10, 2012 at 2:59 pm (7 years ago)

    You are at a Sewing Expo somewhere where the sky is blue.

  11. Mitzi
    October 10, 2012 at 3:00 pm (7 years ago)

    at an Oregon Ducks game!

  12. Sharon Stoehr
    October 10, 2012 at 3:20 pm (7 years ago)

    At the largest rubber duck race in North America…Freestore Foodbank Rubber Duck Regatta in Cincinnati Ohio…..

  13. Jill Turner
    October 10, 2012 at 3:28 pm (7 years ago)

    Quilt Expo, Madison, Wisconsin

  14. Kathy
    October 10, 2012 at 3:31 pm (7 years ago)

    In Duck, NC

  15. Pam
    October 10, 2012 at 4:40 pm (7 years ago)

    Would love it ,,,,,

  16. Lorel Maple
    October 10, 2012 at 5:06 pm (7 years ago)

    Electric Needle, Odana Road, Madison WI – one of the sweetest little shops around and an awesome owner.

  17. Susan winnie
    October 10, 2012 at 6:17 pm (7 years ago)

    Quilt Expo madison Wisconsin

  18. Paula Somers
    October 10, 2012 at 7:46 pm (7 years ago)

    Quilt Expo in WI.

  19. Carol Seavitt
    October 10, 2012 at 8:05 pm (7 years ago)

    The Hoop Dock looks pretty cool !!! I’ll guess the expo in Madison Wisconsin. Looks like you’re having fun in the sun with all those crazy rubber duckies:)

  20. Rusty Pullen
    October 10, 2012 at 8:20 pm (7 years ago)

    Looks like a duck load of fun in Wisconsin!

  21. Kathy Fiffick
    October 10, 2012 at 8:27 pm (7 years ago)

    Quilt Expo Madison Wisconsin with the Duckmobile Art Car by Jen Mulden who has ghe Electric Needles shop

  22. Becky
    October 10, 2012 at 8:42 pm (7 years ago)

    My guess is in the parking lot in Seattle close to Pike Public Market.

  23. Laura McKay
    October 10, 2012 at 8:59 pm (7 years ago)

    If you weren’t at the Oregon Duck game in Eugene, looks like you should have been!

  24. Kathy
    October 10, 2012 at 9:04 pm (7 years ago)

    I am guessing the Quilt Expo in Wisconsin. I would love to go to an expo or quilt market!

  25. Betsy
    October 10, 2012 at 10:00 pm (7 years ago)

    On your way to see Jodie Davis? I believe she collects rubber duckies!

  26. Mary
    October 10, 2012 at 10:02 pm (7 years ago)

    You were on the way to the WPT Quilt Expo. Thanks for the giveaway

  27. P. Jackson
    October 10, 2012 at 10:03 pm (7 years ago)

    The Quilt Expo, Madison, Wisconsin!

  28. Susie Mackenberg
    October 10, 2012 at 10:12 pm (7 years ago)

    Are you in Eugene, Oregon in the parking lot the U of O? Their mascot are the Ducks, and it’s pretty and green in the background!

  29. Margaret
    October 10, 2012 at 10:32 pm (7 years ago)

    I think you are in the parking lot on West Dekalb Pike next to the St. Augustine’s Cemetary across from Dekalb Plaza in the parking lot between Steve’s Sewing and the Double Tree by Hilton in King of Prussia, Pa

  30. Jean
    October 10, 2012 at 10:51 pm (7 years ago)

    Guessin you were at the Quilt expo in Wisconsin

  31. Gail Beam
    October 10, 2012 at 11:04 pm (7 years ago)

    I am going to day the Quilt Expo. The pal2 is a wonderful prize for anyone.

  32. Vicky Haynes
    October 10, 2012 at 11:23 pm (7 years ago)

    I was going with the 19th Annual Great Kitsap Duck Race, held during Silverdale Whaling Days, where you can adopt a duck and a chance to win either a new truck or a million dollars! Otherwise, there is a strong possibility that you merely ‘quacked up’!

  33. Karen U.
    October 10, 2012 at 11:27 pm (7 years ago)

    I’m sure you’re some place at a sewing or quilting or embroidery event! I’m jealous!

  34. Barbara Rowlan Wong
    October 11, 2012 at 12:20 am (7 years ago)

    Obviously, you are at a Rubber Ducky Convention, in a parking lot!
    Love my PAL and would love PAL2 twice as much!

  35. Deborah Snyder
    October 11, 2012 at 5:56 am (7 years ago)

    My guess is the Wisconsin Public Television Quilt Expo.

  36. Susan Slovinsky
    October 11, 2012 at 6:19 am (7 years ago)

    La Crosse WI

  37. Wanda Keller
    October 11, 2012 at 7:06 am (7 years ago)

    sewing expo???

  38. Janet K
    October 11, 2012 at 8:05 am (7 years ago)

    You are at the Quilt Expo in Madison, WI. Wish I could have been there.

  39. Dell
    October 11, 2012 at 8:22 am (7 years ago)

    I’m guessing Wisconsin Quilt expo.

  40. Margaret Brantley
    October 11, 2012 at 8:25 am (7 years ago)

    I’m guessing Wisconsin at the quilt expo. I’d love to win this prize.

  41. Ruby Ridgeway
    October 11, 2012 at 8:48 am (7 years ago)

    I would guess at a baby pool side shower party

  42. Karen Rilstone
    October 11, 2012 at 8:53 am (7 years ago)

    You are having fun no matter where you are!


  43. Rosalyn
    October 11, 2012 at 9:37 am (7 years ago)

    At a show somewhere that the weather is beautiful.

  44. Lyn
    October 11, 2012 at 9:37 am (7 years ago)

    Quilt Expo in Madison WI??

  45. karen
    October 11, 2012 at 9:54 am (7 years ago)

    Quilt expo. Obviously having so much fun you were quacking up.

    • eileenroche
      October 11, 2012 at 10:55 am (7 years ago)

      Laughed Out Loud at that comment! Thanks for the chuckle, Karen.

  46. Barb
    October 11, 2012 at 11:23 am (7 years ago)

    My guess is in a parking lot, looking for a beach.

  47. Barb Miller
    October 11, 2012 at 3:19 pm (7 years ago)

    The picture was taken at the King of Prussia sewing event.

  48. Judie Renfrow
    October 11, 2012 at 4:04 pm (7 years ago)

    Deming, New Mexico, at the Deming Duck Race????

    BTW, I am thrilled to be one of the winners of last weeks’ blog household tool request. Thank you – love your Magazine and your Blog — I’ve learned so very much.

  49. Karla Fowler
    October 11, 2012 at 4:16 pm (7 years ago)

    You were in Phoenix, AZ at the Fiesta Bowl Duck race.

  50. patty sack
    October 11, 2012 at 4:53 pm (7 years ago)

    Duck race in Cinn OH!

  51. Jane OLeary
    October 11, 2012 at 6:44 pm (7 years ago)

    In a parking lot with a lot of ducks on the car. 1st thought Rubber Ducky Race??????

  52. karen
    October 11, 2012 at 11:13 pm (7 years ago)

    I would say at a beach but you look to bundled up for the beach!! The other thing I would guess would be at a toddlers swim class that uses rubber duckies as motivation for swimming, but again, it looks to cold for that, so my final guess is at some type of quilt or sewing show/Expo. Either that or you are getting ready to play a prank on someone by putting bubble bath and rubber duckies in their fountain or pool or jacuzi!!

  53. Becky
    October 12, 2012 at 10:35 am (7 years ago)

    Perhaps an advanced visit to the Georgia Quilt and Sewing Expo in Duluth, Georgia
    to judge the quilts because it looks like you have a ribbon on your name tag that could identify you as a judge.

  54. Deb
    October 12, 2012 at 1:18 pm (7 years ago)

    Not in Canada, lol, otherwise no idea.

  55. heidi
    October 12, 2012 at 2:23 pm (7 years ago)

    Rushford, MN has duckie races in the creek each year but I didn’t see you there!!!

  56. Judi Haines
    October 12, 2012 at 2:36 pm (7 years ago)

    At an AFLAC convention, of course, Quack! Quack!

  57. alo sen
    October 12, 2012 at 3:27 pm (7 years ago)

    At Madison Wisconsin, parking lot.

  58. Robin
    October 12, 2012 at 4:20 pm (7 years ago)

    Judging by the partial lettering on the u-haul truck, my guess is Canada. My guess of the car w/ducks is an advertisement for a car wash?

  59. Jackie O
    October 12, 2012 at 7:13 pm (7 years ago)

    Quilt Show with Debbie from “Somewhere Sewing”

  60. Kari
    October 12, 2012 at 7:59 pm (7 years ago)

    At a Stitchin’ Sisters seminar with a rubber duck race nearby.

  61. Doreen
    October 12, 2012 at 9:25 pm (7 years ago)

    I’d guess you were in a Walmart’s parking lot.

  62. Vicky Isliefson
    October 12, 2012 at 10:01 pm (7 years ago)

    Looks like the Uhaul truck might be from Canada, so I am going to guess the Creative Expo in Toronto, just to be different!

  63. Linda Boerner
    October 13, 2012 at 6:46 pm (7 years ago)

    That is adorable!!!

    Madison, Wisconsin Expo – am sure you had a ball there.

  64. Berenice
    October 13, 2012 at 10:27 pm (7 years ago)

    Sad that people are pulling ducks off the car, looks like someone spend alot of time with their E-6000! Know for sure it wasn’t anywhere in SoCal, it has been baking here this summer. Has to be some place cool where you actually get to wear a jacket…

  65. MarciaW
    October 15, 2012 at 10:39 am (7 years ago)

    You said you were taking the photo so you are standing in front of the car in the parking lot in the good old USA. I’m guessing you are in WI for a trade show.

  66. Darlene Jacolik
    October 15, 2012 at 12:08 pm (7 years ago)

    I’m going to go with Wisconsin. Would love to win the PAL2

  67. Rosie
    October 16, 2012 at 11:18 am (7 years ago)

    My first thought was in a parking lot at a water slide or water amusement park. But on looking closer, you are wearing a coat, so it is not a summertime activity. My guess would be at a sewing and quilting expo, maybe the big one in Wisconsin. I don’t have a Pal2 and would so enjoy perfecting my embroidery with it.

  68. Barbara
    October 16, 2012 at 11:38 am (7 years ago)

    I love all these answers, but my vote is for Houston’s Art Car Parade! It takes place in late April-early May and would be the perfect backdrop for a Stitching Sisters event.

  69. Ann
    October 16, 2012 at 1:43 pm (7 years ago)

    I will guess Quilt Expo, Madison, Wisconsin also. That fun car is just ducky.

  70. Linda
    October 21, 2012 at 2:04 pm (7 years ago)

    My guess is at the Quilt Expo in Madison, Wisconsin

  71. Gladys
    November 13, 2012 at 11:21 pm (7 years ago)

    Madison, Wisconsin

  72. Jackie jarboe
    November 23, 2012 at 8:21 am (7 years ago)

    art car show

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