hooping, start with a non-slip surface.
Place a piece of rubberized shelf liner
on a flat surface. Place the outer hoop
down first, and loosen the screw. Then,
place the fabric and stabilizer on top.
Press the top hoop into place, and
tighten the screw.
When stitching on taffeta, use a
stabilizer (2.5 ounce). Using cutaway
prevents the fabric fibers from shifting
and skewing, and brings the most
professional-looking results to your
When stitching with very light designs,
like toile, Redwork, or sheer designs,
it's possible to use tear-away
stabilizer. However, if you see any
shifting, gapping, or poor alignment,
switch back to cutaway stabilizer.
There's a handy article written by Anne
Campbell that demonstrates
Perfect Hooping techniques, which
are excellent when working with slippery
Click here to read that article.