Fabric Too Short for the Hoop?

Don’t you hate it when the fabric doesn’t fit in the hoop? Recently, I was stitching a faced scallop border on my embroidery machine and the fabric was about 3” too short to fit in the hoop. I find that so frustrating! I didn’t want to waste more fabric so I cut a 3” piece of adhesive water soluble stabilizer then removed 1 ½” of the protective paper. I pressed my fabric strip to the sticky surface. Presto! The fabric strip fit into the embroidery frame and I didn’t have to fill the hoop with fabric or stabilizer. Fab3

Stitching a faced scalloped hem on the embroidery machine is no different than stitching one on a sewing machine. It’s still a running stitch and doesn’t require stabilizer behind the stitches. The difference is the scallops are perfect when you leave the measuring and stitching to the digital precision of an embroidery machine. It works for all kinds of projects: towels, totes, quilts and garments. And now you know how to fill the hoop even if your fabric is too small!Fab2l

Merry Christmas to you and your family!

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14 Comments on Fabric Too Short for the Hoop?

  1. Lynda
    December 23, 2015 at 9:55 pm (2 years ago)

    Thanks for this tip

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  2. Delores Angus
    December 23, 2015 at 10:14 pm (2 years ago)

    Nice! Economical.

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  3. Gail
    December 24, 2015 at 12:00 am (2 years ago)

    A great tip! Thank you

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  4. Liz
    December 24, 2015 at 8:15 am (2 years ago)

    A really great tip and one I know I will use! Thank you

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  5. Judy Merchant
    December 24, 2015 at 10:43 am (2 years ago)

    Do you have to use a stabilizer behind fabric all the time or can you just have fabric in the hoop?

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    • eileenroche
      December 26, 2015 at 8:17 am (2 years ago)

      Judy, if your embroidery design resembles sewing a straight line (such as in the sample above), then you do not need stabilizer. If your design has fill stitches, outlines, satin columns or applique, then yes, you will have to use stabilizer. Stabilizer keeps your fabric from puckering and makes embroidery look beautiful. Think of stabilizer as a friend not an enemy!

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  6. Karen
    December 24, 2015 at 12:14 pm (2 years ago)

    Thanks for sharing.

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  7. Sara Redner
    December 25, 2015 at 12:45 pm (2 years ago)

    I haven’t done that, but I have basted a piece of fabric to the end to make it long enough to hoop.

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  8. Sherry McCary
    January 2, 2016 at 12:18 pm (2 years ago)

    Thanks for this great tip!

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  9. Emma
    September 20, 2016 at 4:36 pm (1 year ago)

    Great tip. Right on time, too.

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  11. Kavita
    September 18, 2017 at 10:38 pm (5 months ago)

    Can you use paper as stabilizer in a crunch.

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    • donna
      December 17, 2017 at 7:43 am (2 months ago)

      I have.
      no. Printing on paper
      I used 81/2 by 11. Works great

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  12. donna
    December 17, 2017 at 7:39 am (2 months ago)

    love this tip. thank you

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