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8 S T A R T H E R E 2 0 2 0 Andrea Bommarito is part of the third generation in her fam- ily business (ZSK Machines - Embroidery Equipment Sales, Service, and Support), started by her grandfather in 1955. Growing up and immersing herself in sewing and embroidery industry paved the way for a love of decoration technique and education. Based in St. Louis, Andrea aids in training as well as workflow and production solutions. She loves learning and teaching about embroidery and is always amazed by the creativity throughout the industry and applying embroidery methods to non-traditional embroidery markets. Andrea enjoys understanding individual businesses' needs (and soon to be businesses) and is committed to aiding in the success of a customer. H ooping for embroidery is one of the most important techniques involved in the embroidery process. It can certainly 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 embel- lish fabric—it holds the material(s) in place while the textile is embroidered. Although the hoop does the work in grasping the item, the operator must take care of hooping the garment correctly and securely. If the product is not hooped properly, several mistakes can occur, such as puckering, registration issues, design distortion, unfastening during embroi- dery, and more. By Andrea Bommarito Embroidery How to master the art of hooping for embroidery Jumping Through Hoops

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