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10 S T A R T H E R E 2 0 2 0 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 por- tion 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 mate- rials that have different attributes and characteristics to help—and sometimes hinder—garment preparation. Today, the standard embroidery hoop is manufac- tured 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, embroi- dery frames can differ in several quality aspects, from density and thickness to manufacturing 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. Embroidery Specialty hooping systems help align even the most basic of designs like a left-chest design. (Images courtesy ZSK Machines)

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