I take magnetic hoops for granted. I invented them so long ago, I’d have to check the patent to verify the year. I use them everyday for many embroidery tasks. So it surprises me when I attend events and meet embroiderers who are not familiar with magnetic hoops.
They’ll ask if they work. And the answer is, “Absolutely!”
They ask if they’ll harm their machine. And the answer is, “No!”
They’ll ask what size should they buy. And the answer is, “Every size available for your machine!”
So let’s dig a little deeper. Magnetic hoops work like a dream because they do not cause fiber distortion. They have a flat metal bottom frame and a flat magnetic top. The magnets are quite strong and firmly grip a quilt sandwich, a terry towel, a knit shirt and many other fabrics. They do not replace a standard embroidery hoop, they complement it!
Magnetic hoops do not harm your machine as the magnetic force is shielded by the metal frame. The magnetic force grips the fabric – not the machine. The hoops have been thoroughly tested on all machines during the prototype stage. There has never been an issue with a magnetic hoop interfering with the machine’s operating system. Many years ago, we were told not to use magnetic pin cushions. At that time, the computer in the machine was encased in a light plastic housing and magnets could interfere with the operating system. In you owned a cell phone in that era, it was housed in a tote bag with long coiled wire!
Today, the machine’s computer, although very powerful, is tiny. It’s highly insulated and the magnetic force can reach it. Think about the power of your cellphone, the advancements in embroidery technology are very similar.
So what size should an embroiderer buy? I always ask, ” What size hoop do you stitch the majority of your embroidery projects in?”
Whatever the answer is, that’s the first magnetic hoop size they should purchase.
Now if someone is starting to quilt with their embroidery machine, then the answer is, the largest hoop that’s available for your machine!