Designs in Machine Embroidery Hoop Comparison

Last week, I wrote about fishing, I mean teaching, in Bend, OR and while I was there, I introduced my students to the new Snap-Hoop Monster. Almost all of my students asked the same questions about the magnetic hoops so I thought I’d discuss it here.

What’s the difference between Snap-hoop Monster and Snap-Hoop? Strength! Monster is four times the strength of Snap-Hoop and is easily distinguished by its elegant teal color.

Do I have to purchase a whole new hoop if I already own Snap-Hoop? No! You don’t, you only need the new top in the same size as your original Snap-hoop. The bottoms are interchangeable and since your machine can only hold one hoop, you only need one bottom.

Do I need both? Yes, Monster is great for heavy, textured fabrics while Snap-Hoop handles lighter cottons and knits.

Will the magnets hurt my machine? No. If you were told not to put a magnetic pin cushion on your machine bed back in the late 1990s, you were given proper information. You were also carrying a cellphone that was a tote bag – literally! Think how much technology has changed over the years. Our machines today are highly sophisticated – just like our cell phones. The microchips in the machines are highly insulated and the magnetic field of Snap Hoop or Snap Hoop Monster cannot penetrate the layers. The hoops were tested extensively on all makes and models with no harm to any machine.

Here’s a handy chart to demystify the difference in all of our hoops.

 

Snap-Hoop Monster

 

 

Snap-Hoop

 

 

Magna-Hoop

 

 

Magna-Hoop Jumbo

 

Best for: Terrycloth, bulky fleece, quilt sandwiches, faux fur, heavy textiles Quilt blocks, continuous embroidery, light to medium weight knits Small items Towels, ribbons, belts and continuous embroidery
Handles delicate embroidery projects
Holds a quilt sandwich with no additional stabilizer
Hoops small items (coasters, belts, straps, etc)
Use with lightweight fabrics including knits and sheers
Can tug on fabric and not distort fibers
Minute fabric adjustments are easy to make
Stabilizer is required to hold frames in hoop
Eliminates hoop burn
Fits in a standard hoop
Diminishes the size of the sewing field
Is recognized by the machine N/A (fits inside standard hoop) N/A (fits inside standard hoop)
Stitch all the way to the edge of the fabric
Ideal for allover embroidery

 

Here’s your assignment this week:

Sealed With a Stitch specializes in embroidery collections, but we want to know which one is your favorite. Come check them out and let us know which one tops your list. Six lucky winners will get a $25 gift certificate code to use at Sealed With A Stitch!

The winner of last week’s assignment is:

Look closely! Tell us what you think you see in the Stitching Sisters image at the top of this post. One comment will win a mystery prize! Oh the suspense…

And the winner is…“a hot pink, beautiful, fly fishing lure” – Greta K.

We couldn’t have said it better ourselves! Congratuations Greta. You have won a $25 gift certificate to the new and improved Designs website. Check it out here!

 

 

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95 Comments on Designs in Machine Embroidery Hoop Comparison

  1. Charlotte Lipe
    June 19, 2013 at 12:44 pm (2 years ago)

    Placemats plus sewing pattern.

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  2. Cindy McCarty
    June 19, 2013 at 12:49 pm (2 years ago)

    I loved the eye masks the best.

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  3. Ruth Peterson
    June 19, 2013 at 1:07 pm (2 years ago)

    I like the enchanted sewing set… I need to make sewing machine and serger covers and these would look great on something like that!

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  4. Vickie Yanik
    June 19, 2013 at 1:09 pm (2 years ago)

    Hard to pick which is my favorite…but I guess it would have to be the Enchanted Sewing Set. I also LOVE the Enchanted Notions Set and the Enchanted Christmas Set. I really like your designs.

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  5. Sue K
    June 19, 2013 at 1:22 pm (2 years ago)

    Enchanted Christmas is my favorite. I put one on a little lamp shade that goes over a wine glass with a tea light inside. Adorable!

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  6. Kim M Harrington
    June 19, 2013 at 1:43 pm (2 years ago)

    The Crazy Patch Portfolio Pattern is my favorite!

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  7. Carma
    June 19, 2013 at 1:49 pm (2 years ago)

    I love the Elegant Embroidered Frame with Pattern Design.
    Really like the look of it with the glitz!

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  8. Susan Novak
    June 19, 2013 at 2:40 pm (2 years ago)

    I love the Enchanted Notions collections (plus I haven’t purchased them yet, so would love to win the gift cert.) :) I have many of the SWAS designs and ITH projects and am very pleased with all of them.

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  9. Pat Pelosi
    June 19, 2013 at 3:36 pm (2 years ago)

    It is a hard choice,but I think the mother’s love coasters have so many possibilties.

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  10. Anne Rita
    June 19, 2013 at 4:36 pm (2 years ago)

    I love all the mugmats!

    Thanks!

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  11. Carolyn Hutchinson
    June 19, 2013 at 5:13 pm (2 years ago)

    I love the mug mats. I couldn’t choose just one!

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  12. Kathy Van Klaveren
    June 19, 2013 at 5:14 pm (2 years ago)

    I love the Enchanted Sewing set.

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  13. Sondee Belson
    June 19, 2013 at 6:27 pm (2 years ago)

    Lace Birds is very nice!

    Reply
  14. Cathy Van Daalwyk
    June 19, 2013 at 8:44 pm (2 years ago)

    Love the sweet tweets

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  15. Kathy
    June 19, 2013 at 9:08 pm (2 years ago)

    I love her in the hoop key covers. I have been looking at them for some time. Love her designs.

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  16. debe
    June 19, 2013 at 9:14 pm (2 years ago)

    I like Sweet Tweets & Penguin club. So hard to choose!

    Reply
  17. Shirley Clark
    June 19, 2013 at 9:37 pm (2 years ago)

    I love the luggage tags in the hoop!
    I would love to be able to see someone use the snap hoops in person.

    Reply
  18. Carole Baker
    June 19, 2013 at 10:27 pm (2 years ago)

    I love the enchanted notions. Also very much like the yoga girls.

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  19. Berenice
    June 19, 2013 at 11:25 pm (2 years ago)

    I really like the angel in the Enchanted Christmas set, but the Enchanted Sewing set has lots of potential for gifts!

    Reply
  20. Deb Rayman
    June 19, 2013 at 11:51 pm (2 years ago)

    My favorite are the Mug Rugs

    Reply
  21. Rachel
    June 20, 2013 at 12:05 am (2 years ago)

    I just love the art in the Enchanted Sewing Set. It goes along with the happy feeling I have when I’m sewing!

    Reply
  22. Joanie
    June 20, 2013 at 12:14 am (2 years ago)

    Hi,
    I love the Enchanted Notions, but it was a hard choice to make.

    Reply
  23. Pam M
    June 20, 2013 at 3:06 am (2 years ago)

    I was immediately attracted to the Seasonal Napkin Rings – they made me smile – but then I found the Oh Baby applique set and they made me smile even more.

    Reply
  24. Carol
    June 20, 2013 at 3:31 am (2 years ago)

    I like the Enchanted Notions.

    Reply
  25. Valerie Brown
    June 20, 2013 at 6:44 am (2 years ago)

    I love the Beachy Bag and Towel Pattern collection. I especially like that it rolls up into a bag of its own and that it has a secret pocket for hiding keys and cell.
    (Which is not to be confused with the cell phone tote bag you mentioned in the blog. Back then, my students asked if I charged my cell phone with jumper cables… so funny.)

    Reply
  26. Karen
    June 20, 2013 at 6:56 am (2 years ago)

    Enchanted Christmas is my favorite.

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  27. Nancy Weber
    June 20, 2013 at 7:26 am (2 years ago)

    I love all of her ITH projects, but my very favorite is the Childrens Sleep Masks. My grandkids would love them! Hugs.

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  28. Barbara
    June 20, 2013 at 7:27 am (2 years ago)

    My favorite is the Yoga Girls — it’s the perfect combination of my favorite things to do!

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  29. Sharon Sproles
    June 20, 2013 at 7:31 am (2 years ago)

    The Enchanted Notions design set is terrific! Perfect for the thread catchers I’m making next week.

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  30. Agnes B. Bullock
    June 20, 2013 at 8:25 am (2 years ago)

    Enchanted Notions, Enchatned paris, Enchanted Sewing, and the key covers are my top faves!

    Reply
  31. Mary Haggenmaker
    June 20, 2013 at 8:38 am (2 years ago)

    I just seem to have a weakness for penguins,so I pick the penguins. I also really loved the baby sayings and the patchwork portfolio. The key covers are pretty clever too. So many great designs and so little time for them all.

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  32. Patty Sack
    June 20, 2013 at 9:04 am (2 years ago)

    I would choose the luggage tags or key covers.

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  33. Bonnie Gray
    June 20, 2013 at 9:07 am (2 years ago)

    As I live near the coast, “By the Sea”.

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  34. Lorel Maple
    June 20, 2013 at 9:08 am (2 years ago)

    I give the most value to the label collection. I think embroiderers that enjoy sharing their skills with friends don’t realize how little they ‘sign their work’. Labels aren’t just for quilts – use them in makeup bags, purses, aprons & pillows and share the love!

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  35. Tatchie Darby
    June 20, 2013 at 9:33 am (2 years ago)

    My favorite is the cell phone case. Easy to sew and use and who can’t use another cell case? Can’t wait to try it. Swanky Cell Phone Pouch – Pattern is my favorite!

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  36. Kathy Booth
    June 20, 2013 at 9:43 am (2 years ago)

    Wow…as a grandmother with 7 grandchildren, several under 2, the “Even Cuter With Words” would be perfect for the onesie’s, bibs and burpies I have lined up to stitch! What an awesome collection! They’d be perfect for baby shower gifts as my church has five moms waiting for the arrival of their first child! I was not aware of this website, thanks for enlightening me! And another favorite…Bookmarks in the Hoop! Just love the unique and different designs! Great for church craft fair!

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  37. Beth R
    June 20, 2013 at 10:03 am (2 years ago)

    I love the Enchanted Paris designs and the Penguin club set. Love all of their ‘Enchanted’ sets!

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  38. Sue O'Very
    June 20, 2013 at 10:52 am (2 years ago)

    Oh thank you all SEW Much for the kind words!!! And GUESS what!! BIG news…Enchanted London coming up in the next few days :) ~ Sue O’Very Designer, Owner of Sealed With A Stitch

    Reply
  39. Sheila Lively
    June 20, 2013 at 11:05 am (2 years ago)

    I LOVE the “Purse A Day”!!! I have 3 young granddaughters and the are into purses.

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  40. Penny W
    June 20, 2013 at 11:06 am (2 years ago)

    Sealed With A Stitch! Oh my goodness! I love all her designs. I’ve stitched SEW many of them and they are always flawless each and every time.

    I just love the cute and fun keycovers! SEW many possibilities with those gems! The lace birds are so elegant when stitched too! The lace details are exceptional.

    The in the hoop potholders are SEW much fun to stitch too. Very easy, fun and festive. I love that little snowman. He’s SEW stinkin’ cute!

    My all-time favorite design set from SWAS is Enchanted Notions. I just love sewing them out. Perfect every time. I’ve made small cases and embellished with those designs and they are adorable. I’ve also made coasters, mug mat and mini quilted wall hangings using those designs. Such a fun, fun set! I love them all!

    Thanks for such cute, fun and amazing designs Sue! YOU Rock!
    Penny

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  41. Dorothy Reitsma
    June 20, 2013 at 11:09 am (2 years ago)

    I loved the enchanted notions. I could see window toppers for my studio.

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  42. Denice Weys
    June 20, 2013 at 11:24 am (2 years ago)

    I think my favorite is the Easter Hats Collection. My whole family still get together to decorate Easter Eggs, all three generations now. We have a lot of fun and these hats would generate a lot of laughs and fun.

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  43. Diana
    June 20, 2013 at 11:26 am (2 years ago)

    It’s so hard to choose. I have the mug mat set which I make alot for gifts but the one I like and make for my grandkis is the key covers. This way they have their own keys to play with and are not losing mine!

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  44. Liz Fergus
    June 20, 2013 at 11:43 am (2 years ago)

    I really love the Eye Masks – both sets! ADORABLE!

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  45. Terri
    June 20, 2013 at 11:46 am (2 years ago)

    I love them all, but I think I had the most fun with the Enchanted Christmas Set…. I made beautiful Christmas Stockings, table runners & mini wall hangings with them this year for everyone as gifts…. everyone loved them, and I loved making every one!

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  46. Leanna Chidest
    June 20, 2013 at 12:10 pm (2 years ago)

    Seasonal napkin rings in the hoop:)

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  47. Carolyn Collins
    June 20, 2013 at 12:21 pm (2 years ago)

    I love all the Enchanted series designs, but I have to admit I really love the Enchanted Snowman Design, because sometimes the simplest design can have the greatest impact! Love all your designs, and glad I took a look at them. Thanks

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  48. Pat B.
    June 20, 2013 at 12:31 pm (2 years ago)

    I like the in the hoop potholders

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  49. Lila Cardenas
    June 20, 2013 at 12:39 pm (2 years ago)

    I like the mug rugs

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  50. Carol Jenks
    June 20, 2013 at 12:50 pm (2 years ago)

    I love the mug rugs!! Have the full set and have done them all. I do lots of crafts fairs and they are a big hit!!

    Reply
  51. Joyce Stiehler
    June 20, 2013 at 12:57 pm (2 years ago)

    I love the Enchanted Christmas Collection. They would look so elegant stitched in gold on a darker red. Now I have another quilt to make! :)

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  52. edith williams
    June 20, 2013 at 1:10 pm (2 years ago)

    I really like the Enchanted Christmas Collection, I like the santa claus.

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  53. maureen mcgraw
    June 20, 2013 at 1:13 pm (2 years ago)

    It is so hard to choose, but I really like the towel toppers as well as the matching pot holders. I have just finished remodeling my kitchen and am now decorating it. These would be great to update my look.

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  54. Tonya
    June 20, 2013 at 1:20 pm (2 years ago)

    I absolutely love the Enchanted Notions embroidery set. These would be great on the curtains I need to make for my sewing room

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  55. Karen
    June 20, 2013 at 1:53 pm (2 years ago)

    All the designs look terrific. I am partial to in the hoop projects, but also have a young granddaughter so like the Cuter with words set.

    Reply
  56. Sandi Hagen
    June 20, 2013 at 2:11 pm (2 years ago)

    Enchanted Sewing!

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  57. Kathy e.
    June 20, 2013 at 2:16 pm (2 years ago)

    What isn”t there to like there? I love everything! One thing I’d like to purchase is the Beachy Bag and Towel pattern. This would,make a great gift to anyone!

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  58. Deanna Mason
    June 20, 2013 at 2:40 pm (2 years ago)

    i love the key covers. so clever.

    Reply
  59. Glenda
    June 20, 2013 at 3:12 pm (2 years ago)

    The Placemats Plus Sewing Pattern.

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  60. Terry Colucci
    June 20, 2013 at 3:30 pm (2 years ago)

    I love all of Sue’s designs, but I have to admit I have a soft spot in my heart for the Oh Baby Applique and Lady in Waiting collections. Oh! But the Tea Bunny Tea Party set with the tea cozy and case…I do love those a LOT, too! Just too many choices!

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  61. Dorothy Urberg
    June 20, 2013 at 4:14 pm (2 years ago)

    Cell phone pouch

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  62. Judy Elkins
    June 20, 2013 at 5:02 pm (2 years ago)

    I have a Viking Husqvarna Designer Will all of the hoops discussed in this blog fit my machine. Is there a specific DVD that will help me understand how to use the 5D software.
    Thanks,
    judy C. Elkins
    je81967@bellsouth.net

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  63. Judy Elkins
    June 20, 2013 at 5:04 pm (2 years ago)

    That’s a Designer SE embroidery machine.

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  64. e costello
    June 20, 2013 at 5:14 pm (2 years ago)

    Hard to decide but if i had to pick only 1 it would be towel toppers. they are so easy and the idea of being able to remove the towel to wash is really imaginative.

    Reply
  65. lucinda culp
    June 20, 2013 at 9:30 pm (2 years ago)

    Love the “Enchanted” designs, and Enchanted Easter tops my list :-)

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  66. Mrs Connie Brown
    June 20, 2013 at 9:39 pm (2 years ago)

    I have to say that I love the mug mats best!

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  67. kathi ridge
    June 20, 2013 at 9:40 pm (2 years ago)

    I really like the Elegant Photo Frame. It would be perfect for my new grandbaby’s picture not to mention personalized gift giving.

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  68. Jasmine Tanabe
    June 20, 2013 at 10:12 pm (2 years ago)

    I <3 the mug rugs and the key chain covers….and the enchanted sewing, but if I can pick only one. Key chain covers!

    Reply
  69. Janet Kirby
    June 21, 2013 at 2:25 pm (2 years ago)

    The enchanted fall collection is my favorite. I love the colors of fall and this set is perfect.

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  70. Terri
    June 21, 2013 at 3:05 pm (2 years ago)

    I loved the Yoga girls. I can think of so many ways to use these designs–from shirts to tote bags to tatoos on yoga pants. Fun collection!

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  71. Karen
    June 21, 2013 at 3:44 pm (2 years ago)

    I like the Easter Egg Hats in the Hoop Collection – what fun!

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  72. Linda W
    June 21, 2013 at 4:06 pm (2 years ago)

    I love Enchanted Notions. I can picture them on projects for my sewing room . . . and on a t-shirt or two.

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  73. Frances Powell
    June 21, 2013 at 9:18 pm (2 years ago)

    I collect penguins, so naturally I love the Penguin Club set. The penguins are so cute and fat. I would love to make my grandchildren and myself all matching shirts.

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  74. Judy G
    June 21, 2013 at 10:12 pm (2 years ago)

    I love the Enchanted Christmas set!

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  75. Mary B
    June 22, 2013 at 7:54 am (2 years ago)

    While I love many of the design on Sealed with a Stitch, I love Enchanted Paris. My husband and I recently went to Paris for our 35th anniversary, and are making several designs from the set to decorate coasters, tees, placemats, etc, to remember the trip!

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  76. Lillian Boone
    June 23, 2013 at 9:39 am (2 years ago)

    My favorite Sealed With A Stitch Pattern is “Tag You’re It.” They are beautiful and versatile. You can use them for luggage tags or name tage.

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  77. Donna
    June 24, 2013 at 3:58 pm (2 years ago)

    Even cuter with wordss and the Bookmark set (it’s okay to really like two sets right?)

    Reply
  78. (Laurine) Joan Elton
    June 25, 2013 at 9:04 am (2 years ago)

    I love making unique labels for my quilts and the “Labels & More” looks like it would fill the bill for me…Thanks for the opportunity to browse this web site…I added it to my favorites.

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  79. Suzanne Revere
    June 25, 2013 at 9:23 am (2 years ago)

    I LUV LUV LUV “Tag You’re It”

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  80. Ann Weigl
    June 25, 2013 at 2:09 pm (2 years ago)

    Tough choice! Enchanted Paris reminds me of last year’s trip with my beloved sisters! I will cherish it always.

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  81. Kerry
    June 25, 2013 at 7:06 pm (2 years ago)

    Just has to be the mug mats – what a great collection. Lots of other lovely designs too. Thanks for introducing me to the site.

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  82. Nancy White
    June 26, 2013 at 8:38 am (2 years ago)

    I am Looking for a magna hoop or snap hoop that will work for The Janome Memory Craft 200 E embroidery machine. Does anyone know which one will work with this machine?

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  83. eileenroche
    June 26, 2013 at 9:49 am (2 years ago)

    Hello Nancy, Thanks for stopping by the blog. Unfortunately, we do not make a Magna Hoop or Snap Hoop for the Janome 200E.

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  84. Connie
    June 26, 2013 at 10:17 am (2 years ago)

    Oh I LOVE the Tag You’re It Luggage Tag collections! I have just found the pleasure of ITH designs and have always had a love for anything Tagged so this would be a match made in Machine Embroidery Heaven!

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  85. Gail Beam
    July 1, 2013 at 5:23 pm (2 years ago)

    I couldn’t just pick one! I loved the Purse a Day and the Summer Breeze sets the best, but it was definitely hard to choose as there are some awfully cute designs to choose from!
    Gail

    Reply
  86. rho
    July 10, 2013 at 8:54 am (2 years ago)

    Love the Enchanted Christmas, but all of the designs are cute.

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  87. Maureen Teachman
    August 9, 2013 at 8:48 pm (2 years ago)

    Hello

    All of the designs are great. Very hard to choose one. If I had to choose one it’s the Ballerina Girl. With a tutu, and the cute sayings, Tutu Cute, but especially When in Doubt Twirl. Then to make it even better it includes a purse and keychain. Wow. Great set.

    Reply
  88. Linda Kwolek
    September 7, 2013 at 9:03 pm (2 years ago)

    Animal Eye Mask is the best. These designs can be enjoyed by all.

    Reply
  89. Pamm Bonn
    October 8, 2013 at 2:02 pm (2 years ago)

    After looking at the compatibility chart, there isn’t a Magna Hoop Option for Viking Topaz 30, so what would work for someone wanting to hoop small items with that machine?

    Reply
  90. Jennifer
    October 24, 2013 at 10:46 am (2 years ago)

    I like the cell phone case the best but they are all great!

    Reply
  91. Esther Hopland
    July 23, 2014 at 9:17 pm (1 year ago)

    I am interested in buyin the original snap hoop for my Essante Model BLN. Can you please send me the link for it?

    Reply
  92. Cedric Detweiler
    June 13, 2015 at 11:59 am (2 months ago)

    I adore your wp template, where did you download it through?

    Reply

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