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« on: July 09, 2007 11:43:17 AM »

I have a 5 inch(ish) plastic embroidery hoop, and I just can't seem to get my fabric properly taut in it! I don't want to pull the fabric because I know it will only stretch and distort (or even if I try, it just pops out of the hoop) but I don't think it's nicely stretched enough to start embroidering...I'm a total novice (as in, I just got my stitch-it kit today and can't even set up the hoop properly Tongue) so is there something really obvious I'm missing? (and if there is, could you help without laughing at my dorky inability?  Cheesy)

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« Reply #1 on: July 09, 2007 02:51:23 PM »

I have a 5 inch(ish) plastic embroidery hoop, and I just can't seem to get my fabric properly taut in it! I don't want to pull the fabric because I know it will only stretch and distort (or even if I try, it just pops out of the hoop) but I don't think it's nicely stretched enough to start embroidering...I'm a total novice (as in, I just got my stitch-it kit today and can't even set up the hoop properly Tongue) so is there something really obvious I'm missing? (and if there is, could you help without laughing at my dorky inability?  Cheesy)

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Some like it stretched hard and some like it looser. The fabric will be distorted anyway with a hoop, that will be fixed later when you block your work. I usually stretch it now and then as I go along (I like it stretched very hard).
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« Reply #2 on: July 19, 2007 03:32:11 PM »

If you can't get your fabric properly taut your hoop might be the problem. I'm partial to wooden ones that have a little screw to adjust the outer ring. It accommodates various thicknesses of fabrics a little better. You can get them anywhere and they're cheap. As for distorting your fabric, unless you're working with something stretchy you don't have to worry about that too much.

Good luck, and be patient with yourself. Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: July 19, 2007 03:36:38 PM »

I was thinking that might be it too, and that a wooden one might be a bit better and stronger. Thank you  Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: August 19, 2007 04:11:40 AM »

I agree with the it could be your hoop suggestion.  I have a series of spring hoops that are absolutely divine (over 10 years old and they still hold better than anything else I've seen).  Also, I have found that my fabric is much more taut if I lay the fabric on a hard surface like the dining room table or floor when I set the hoop.  Everytime I get lazy and do it on the couch, my fabric has too much give.
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