May '20

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5 0 P R I N T W E A R M A Y 2 0 2 0 H ooping for embroidery is one of the most important tech- niques involved in the embroidery process. It can certain- ly be frustrating at first, but once mastered, the reward is well worth the effort involved. The hoop is one of the oldest and most essential tools used to embellish fabric as it holds the material(s) in place while the textile is embroidered. Although the hoop does the work in gripping the item, the operator must take care of hooping the garment cor- rectly and securely. If the product is not hooped properly, several mistakes can occur, such as puckering, registration issues, design distortion, unfastening during embroidery, and more. ANATOMY OF A HOOP The hoop is often referred to as an embroidery frame comprised of two parts: the inner and outer (top and bottom) pieces. The top fits securely inside the bottom section and typically connects to the arms and brackets that attach to the machine. The bottom portion is slightly larger than the top and fits around the outside of the top piece. This part normally has a tension screw or spring that allows the operator to loosen or tighten the pressure. Hoops are built using various materials that have different at- tributes and characteristics to help – and sometimes hinder – garment preparation. Today, the standard embroidery hoop is manufactured from plastic, but there are several other types of frames on the market to choose from, such as wood and metal. Besides just the raw material, embroidery frames can differ in several quality aspects, from density and thickness to manufac- turing consistency. Just like any other products on the market, both premium and economy options are available to choose from, and it's important to remember that hoops are no exception; quality can vary from manufacturer to manufacturer. Hooping for Embroidery A N D R E A B O M M A R I T O

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