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Alignment and Placement Hooping

Hoop Throne

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Let me introduce you to a very powerful combo that solves all of your hooping dilemmas, PAL2 and Hoop Dock. That combo is what I call my hoop throne and it sits on the corner of my cutting table.  Always at the ready, PAL2 hovers over Hoop Dock since it’s clamped to the table.

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Recently, I was working on a decorative table cover featuring an embroidery design as large as my 5” x 7” hoop. I knew I wouldn’t have any wiggle room to adjust the design once the fabric was hooped. Plus the design will stitch close to the edge of the fabric so I opted to hoop adhesive tear-away stabilizer.

I inserted the hoop’s outer ring into Hoop Dock and it firmly held the outer ring of my Baby Lock/Brother embroidery hoop (I can’t wait until it’s available for my other machines). Then I added the stabilizer; Hoop Dock creates friction between the stabilizer and the hoop, so nothing moves around while I get the inner ring in place.

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Once the stabilizer was hooped, I aligned PAL2’s beam with the hoop’s centering marks.  Now I can forget about the hoop and focus on the table covering.

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Of course, I always use a target sticker or template on my fabric so I know exactly where my design is supposed to land.  Then, I slid the marked fabric under the beam and aligned the crosshairs.

I am confident the fabric is centered in the hoop and I just finger press the fabric to the sticky stabilizer and I know my design will fill the hoop!  My hooping throne makes hooping so much easier – and precise.  I don’t know what I did before I used this combo.

Want to win a PAL2? Take a guess at where I took this photo and you’ll be entered to win a PAL2!

The 2 winners of last week’s assignment answered the following question:

What household tools do you use in your studio?  Post your comment and TWO, that’s right TWO lucky winners will receive a $50 shopping spree to use at Oma’s Place.

The winner is:  Becky!
“I use a stubby, short screw driver for my machine, if needed.
I use blue painter’s tape as a fabric guide.
I use plastic cable ties around the inside top of a tote bag or bag for a stable opening.
I use washers if I have to adapt my bobbin size.
I use plastic milk crate to store projects to be worked on so they will stay together and be portable.
Chain links can be used as pattern weights (be sure they are clean).
A 1/4 inch chisel can be used in purse closures to bend prongs.
A grommet machine for anything with a grommet.
Paint brush for dusting.
Canned air for dusting and blowing off threads.
Plastic garden or pet wire for tote bags.
Light bulbs to shape free standing lace ornaments.
Tape measure for obvious reasons.
Needle nose pliers for reaching in serger for threads.
There are many more.”

The second winner is Judie Renfrow
“Oh, one more thing.  I buy the individual pedi toe separators at the beauty supply store – $1.49 for 12 and I use those to put on my bobbins to keep the threads tidy.”







  • Connie

    Well I guess Wisconsin because that is Jen Maulder’s Camry.


    I will guess Chicago, IL

  • Caroline Weber

    I would guess in a parking lot anywhere in the US!

  • JennyChristiansen

    a Babies R Us parking lot

  • Nancy Moore

    I would guess at a Wal-Mart!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Susan Novak

    Were you at the Quilt Expo in Madison, WI?

  • Ellen Perry

    Stitchin sisters conference…ep

  • Judith Marsh

    Just the helper for arthritic hands!

  • Rita Guzzard

    Where did you get all the duckies??? I see your badge, so you are at a show. I’m going to guess your last event at Steve’s Sewing Center
    in King of Prussia, PA.

  • Susan Boliek

    You are at a Sewing Expo somewhere where the sky is blue.

  • Mitzi

    at an Oregon Ducks game!

  • Sharon Stoehr

    At the largest rubber duck race in North America…Freestore Foodbank Rubber Duck Regatta in Cincinnati Ohio…..

  • Jill Turner

    Quilt Expo, Madison, Wisconsin

  • Kathy

    In Duck, NC

  • Pam

    Would love it ,,,,,

  • Lorel Maple

    Electric Needle, Odana Road, Madison WI – one of the sweetest little shops around and an awesome owner.

  • Sue Duisenberg
  • Susan winnie

    Quilt Expo madison Wisconsin

  • Paula Somers

    Quilt Expo in WI.

  • Carol Seavitt

    The Hoop Dock looks pretty cool !!! I’ll guess the expo in Madison Wisconsin. Looks like you’re having fun in the sun with all those crazy rubber duckies:)

  • Rusty Pullen

    Looks like a duck load of fun in Wisconsin!

  • Kathy Fiffick

    Quilt Expo Madison Wisconsin with the Duckmobile Art Car by Jen Mulden who has ghe Electric Needles shop

  • Becky

    My guess is in the parking lot in Seattle close to Pike Public Market.

  • Laura McKay

    If you weren’t at the Oregon Duck game in Eugene, looks like you should have been!

  • Kathy

    I am guessing the Quilt Expo in Wisconsin. I would love to go to an expo or quilt market!

  • Betsy

    On your way to see Jodie Davis? I believe she collects rubber duckies!

  • Mary

    You were on the way to the WPT Quilt Expo. Thanks for the giveaway

  • P. Jackson

    The Quilt Expo, Madison, Wisconsin!

  • Susie Mackenberg

    Are you in Eugene, Oregon in the parking lot the U of O? Their mascot are the Ducks, and it’s pretty and green in the background!

  • Margaret

    I think you are in the parking lot on West Dekalb Pike next to the St. Augustine’s Cemetary across from Dekalb Plaza in the parking lot between Steve’s Sewing and the Double Tree by Hilton in King of Prussia, Pa

  • Jean

    Guessin you were at the Quilt expo in Wisconsin

  • Gail Beam

    I am going to day the Quilt Expo. The pal2 is a wonderful prize for anyone.

  • Vicky Haynes

    I was going with the 19th Annual Great Kitsap Duck Race, held during Silverdale Whaling Days, where you can adopt a duck and a chance to win either a new truck or a million dollars! Otherwise, there is a strong possibility that you merely ‘quacked up’!

  • Karen U.

    I’m sure you’re some place at a sewing or quilting or embroidery event! I’m jealous!

  • Barbara Rowlan Wong

    Obviously, you are at a Rubber Ducky Convention, in a parking lot!
    Love my PAL and would love PAL2 twice as much!

  • Deborah Snyder

    My guess is the Wisconsin Public Television Quilt Expo.

  • Susan Slovinsky

    La Crosse WI

  • Wanda Keller

    sewing expo???

  • Janet K

    You are at the Quilt Expo in Madison, WI. Wish I could have been there.

  • Dell

    I’m guessing Wisconsin Quilt expo.

  • Margaret Brantley

    I’m guessing Wisconsin at the quilt expo. I’d love to win this prize.

  • Ruby Ridgeway

    I would guess at a baby pool side shower party

  • Karen Rilstone

    You are having fun no matter where you are!


  • Rosalyn

    At a show somewhere that the weather is beautiful.

  • Lyn

    Quilt Expo in Madison WI??

  • karen

    Quilt expo. Obviously having so much fun you were quacking up.

    • eileenroche

      Laughed Out Loud at that comment! Thanks for the chuckle, Karen.

  • Barb

    My guess is in a parking lot, looking for a beach.

  • Barb Miller

    The picture was taken at the King of Prussia sewing event.

  • Judie Renfrow

    Deming, New Mexico, at the Deming Duck Race????

    BTW, I am thrilled to be one of the winners of last weeks’ blog household tool request. Thank you – love your Magazine and your Blog — I’ve learned so very much.

  • Karla Fowler

    You were in Phoenix, AZ at the Fiesta Bowl Duck race.

  • patty sack

    Duck race in Cinn OH!

  • Jane OLeary

    In a parking lot with a lot of ducks on the car. 1st thought Rubber Ducky Race??????

  • karen

    I would say at a beach but you look to bundled up for the beach!! The other thing I would guess would be at a toddlers swim class that uses rubber duckies as motivation for swimming, but again, it looks to cold for that, so my final guess is at some type of quilt or sewing show/Expo. Either that or you are getting ready to play a prank on someone by putting bubble bath and rubber duckies in their fountain or pool or jacuzi!!

  • Becky

    Perhaps an advanced visit to the Georgia Quilt and Sewing Expo in Duluth, Georgia
    to judge the quilts because it looks like you have a ribbon on your name tag that could identify you as a judge.

  • Deb

    Not in Canada, lol, otherwise no idea.

  • heidi

    Rushford, MN has duckie races in the creek each year but I didn’t see you there!!!

  • Judi Haines

    At an AFLAC convention, of course, Quack! Quack!

  • alo sen

    At Madison Wisconsin, parking lot.

  • Robin

    Judging by the partial lettering on the u-haul truck, my guess is Canada. My guess of the car w/ducks is an advertisement for a car wash?

  • Jackie O

    Quilt Show with Debbie from “Somewhere Sewing”

  • Kari

    At a Stitchin’ Sisters seminar with a rubber duck race nearby.

  • Doreen

    I’d guess you were in a Walmart’s parking lot.

  • Vicky Isliefson

    Looks like the Uhaul truck might be from Canada, so I am going to guess the Creative Expo in Toronto, just to be different!

  • Linda Boerner

    That is adorable!!!

    Madison, Wisconsin Expo – am sure you had a ball there.

  • Berenice

    Sad that people are pulling ducks off the car, looks like someone spend alot of time with their E-6000! Know for sure it wasn’t anywhere in SoCal, it has been baking here this summer. Has to be some place cool where you actually get to wear a jacket…

  • MarciaW

    You said you were taking the photo so you are standing in front of the car in the parking lot in the good old USA. I’m guessing you are in WI for a trade show.

  • Darlene Jacolik

    I’m going to go with Wisconsin. Would love to win the PAL2

  • Rosie

    My first thought was in a parking lot at a water slide or water amusement park. But on looking closer, you are wearing a coat, so it is not a summertime activity. My guess would be at a sewing and quilting expo, maybe the big one in Wisconsin. I don’t have a Pal2 and would so enjoy perfecting my embroidery with it.

  • Barbara

    I love all these answers, but my vote is for Houston’s Art Car Parade! It takes place in late April-early May and would be the perfect backdrop for a Stitching Sisters event.

  • Ann

    I will guess Quilt Expo, Madison, Wisconsin also. That fun car is just ducky.

  • Linda

    My guess is at the Quilt Expo in Madison, Wisconsin

  • Gladys

    Madison, Wisconsin

  • Jackie jarboe

    art car show

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