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12 HOW TO HOOP AN ITEM Hooping, in itself, is not a difficult task, as it is a relatively simple process. The first step is to prepare the back- ing and fabric together and determine the placement on the garment. Then, place the backside (bottom) of the hoop on a flat surface, ensuring that the ten- sion is loose enough for the textile to fit between the frame pieces. Lay the fabric pieces on top of the back of the hoop with the proper placement. Position the top (inner part) of the hoop on top of the fabric and press it into place so the material and backing are sandwiched in between the top and bottom pieces of the hoop. Once secure, tighten the ten- sion screw to hold the frame and textiles together. Easy, right? If we only lived in a perfect world. FRAMING GUIDELINES Hoops come in different shapes and sizes to accommodate the several prod- ucts available to embroider. The most common configurations are squares, rectangles, and circles. The square and rectangular-shaped frames tend to have rounded (contoured) corners as the curved areas can grasp the material tightly. The linear sections of the struc- ture still hold the content, but these sections are not as secure as the curved pieces. With these hoops, the stitch area is bigger comparatively, but many oper- ators prefer circular frames as they are more reliable in holding the garment. As a rule of thumb, try to pick the smallest hoop that can accommodate the design safely and securely. After picking the hoop, also con- sider that not all garments are the same. Characteristics vary in so many aspects Embroidery Magnetic hoops help accommodate a wide variety of items. (Images courtesy ZSK Machines) S T A R T H E R E 2 0 2 0

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