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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

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  • Lynda

    Thanks for this tip

  • Delores Angus

    Nice! Economical.

  • Gail

    A great tip! Thank you

  • Liz

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

  • Judy Merchant

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

    • eileenroche

      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!

  • Karen

    Thanks for sharing.

  • Sara Redner

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

  • Sherry McCary

    Thanks for this great tip!

  • Emma

    Great tip. Right on time, too.

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  • Kavita

    Can you use paper as stabilizer in a crunch.

    • donna

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

  • donna

    love this tip. thank you

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  • Emma Carpenter

    Thank you. Very useful.