Notes About In-the-Hoop
As you browse through the large -- and growing -- collection of designs,
you'll notice that some designs are marked as "in-the-hoop." The designs
use a special applique stitching process to make an item in the hoop,
usually without any additional sewing.
Examples are below:
This design is a candy cane
holder, made right in the hoop. The embroidery design
contains the special commands that your machine needs to
complete the design, but you'll need to check the
instructions and the color change sheet to stitch the
Links to the product instructions are included in your
order history. They're also located above the picture of
the design on the website, so you can review the
instructions and materials needed before you order the
This is a magnet design,
made right in the hoop. Some in-the-hoop designs require
an extra step at the end of stitching. For magnets, the
extra step is to adhere a magnet to the backside.
This is an in-the-hoop
scissor case, with a ribbon that ties neatly around the
You can see that the variety of in-the-hoop designs
range from fun to functional!
The first time that you try
an in-the-hoop design, it'll seem a little strange.
You'll add fabric to the front of the stabilizer,
sometimes to the back, and sometimes you'll think that
you're stitching things backwards and upside down! But
as long as you follow the instructions, everything will
work out great.
We've found that using a good-quality tear-away
stabilizer, and a sharp sewing needle, gives the best
results. Using a low-grade tear-away stabilizer with
in-the-hoop projects, or using a ballpoint or embroidery
needle, can result in thread nesting, shifting, and
An article called
In-the-Hoop Recipe for Success shows examples of
using different needle types and stabilizer, and how
that can greatly affect your results.
Click here to read that article.
If you're having trouble with your in-the-hoop project,
please review the above information and article. Make
any changes to the tools and supplies that you are
using. If you are still having trouble, send an email to
firstname.lastname@example.org. Include the following
**Your order number
**The name of the design
**The brand of stabilizer you are using
**Needle size and type
**A description of the problem
Include all of the above information.