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How to Hoop


Hooping properly is one of the most important steps to successful embroidery.  Machine embroidery hoops come in many different sizes for each machine. 

When hooping your fabric be sure to choose the correct stabilizer for your garment.  Stabilizers will add rigidity to your fabric and guard against stretch, they should not be too heavy or too light.  If you are not sure as to what kind of stabilizer is appropriate, visit our E-Zee Backing Selection Guide.


• Take your hoop apart and place the lower hoop on a flat, clean surface.  Place a piece of stabilizer larger than the hoop on top of the lower hoop.

• Place the garment you need to embroider on top of the stabilizer.  Be sure that the fabric is nice and straight, but do not stretch it, stretching the fabric may cause puckering and undesirable results.

• Place the upper hoop over the fabric and push it down into place.  If you cannot push it into place, the lower hoop may need loosening.

• Once the upper hoop is in place do not pull the fabric or tighten the screws further as this can affect the placement of your design. 

When your garment is hooped correctly you will be able to run your fingers over the fabric without it moving or rippling.  If your garment is too loose, take it out of the hoop and repeat the process.  Never pull the fabric or tighten the hoop to even it out.  This can cause puckering and design position problems. 

There are many tools out there to help embroiderers hoop effectively. 

• For hard to hoop materials, you may want to use a temporary spray adhesive or a stick-on backing to provide more stability to your garment. 

• Also, a hooping system will aid in hooping a garment for embroidery. Hooping systems are especially helpful for hooping multiple layers and for uniformly hooping multiple items for a big job.