Don’t you hate it when you’re working on a large (or small project) and as soon as you turn your back on the machine, a portion of the fabric (that’s not in the hoop) falls into the sewing field? It never seems to fail that the more time and materials I have invested in a project, the more trouble happens down the road. Last summer, I was quilting several large quilts – bed size quilts – on my embroidery machine. I spent many hours, repositioning the quilt to quilt a new area and several times, the quilt roll would fall into the sewing field. Luckily, I was nearby, so I was able to avoid disaster. But it got me thinking, couldn’t there be a device that creates a barrier between the roll and the sewing field?
After a trip to the hardware store and a bit of experimentation, I met with our engineer. Several prototypes later, Hoop Guard was born. I’m so excited about this new product! I’ve used it on quilts and bulky terrycloth towels but I recently discovered how handy it is for small items too. Let me show you how it works for an onesie.
Fuse polymesh cut-away stabilizer to the wrong side of the front of the suit. Mark the location of the design and turn the snap suit inside out.
Since a baby’s snap suit is small, select a small Monster Snap Hoop (4” x 4”). Separate the metal frame from the top magnetic frame.
Place the onesie over the metal frame, with the suit’s front (design area) laying on the frame. Position the neck at the bottom (closest to you) of the frame.
Attach the Hoop Guard to the bottom of the magnetic frame (the part closest to you when attached to the machine). Hoop Guard snaps onto the bottom of the magnetic frame with the barrier on the outside of the frame.
Insert the magnetic frame with the Hoop Guard into the suit from the leg opening. Thread Hoop Guard through the neck.
Pull the bulk of the suit over the Hoop Guard, exposing the design area.
Attach the hoop to the machine. Verify the top and bottom frames are aligned with your hands. Trace the design to verify the needle will only stitch on the design area.
Add water soluble stabilizer over the design area and stitch the design.
Tell us what project you would stitch first with a Hoop Guard. One lucky comment below will be chosen to receive their very own Hoop Guard!
The winner of last week’s assignment is:
Do you have a favorite accent that you like to add to a monogram? Maybe a pineapple, pine cone, seashell or something along those lines? One comment will be chosen to receive a gift certificate to the DIME store for $25!
The winner is… Lisha “I like to use a tiny honeybee or fleur de lis for myself” – Congratulations Lisha!