The Endless Embroidery Hoop
for Non-Husqvarna-Viking Designs
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The Endless Embroidery Hoop for Non-Husqvarna-Viking Designs
The Endless Embroidery Hoop allows users to make continuous border designs that go on as long as the imagination will allow. Husqvarna-Viking has developed designs that can be purchased that include a jump stitch that shows the exact spot to insert the needle to begin the next segment of embroidery. But, what if you have a design that does not include the jump stitch? After many mistakes and really ugly looking designs, the solution has finally come to fruition. The following are step-by-step instructions to make those endless designs without the jump stitch.
When backing projects for the endless hoop, I find an iron-on pellon works well as a stabilizer. It is less “slick” and it is less likely that it will cause slipping of the hooped fabric. Also, through trial and error, please double check that the hoop is clamped prior to sewing out a design.
CHOOSING AND MEASURING THE DESIGN
The first step in this process is to sew out a test sample of the design that will be repeated. In the following example, the design chosen measured 97mm. After studying the design it was determined that a 2mm space would need to be inserted between each design to keep the integrity of the pattern. Thus, the design in total would measure 99mm. (1mm for each side of the design when added to the next section will equal a 2mm space.)
MARKING THE FABRIC
This is the most important step in the process. Please note: the marking is not to mark the pattern, but to mark the placement of the fabric in the hoop. The particular design chosen for this project does not sew out squarely on the endless hoop since it was designed for a 4x4 inch hoop. Therefore, it is imperative to remember that the markings are simply for fabric placement.
Horizontal Mark –
The first mark on the fabric will represent the mid-line of the embroidery hoop. This mark will correlate with the “facing north” and “facing south” end of the hoop when seated at the sewing machine. Another description of the marks would be the end of the hoop furthest away from the sewer’s position and closest to the sewer. The illustration shows the position in which the fabric will be placed in the hoop.
As a personal aside, I love this hoop because it prevents me from stretching the fabric during hooping that causes puckers. Puckering of the fabric was one of the most difficult aspects of hooping for me to overcome when I began machine embroidery.
Vertical Marks –
As opposed to the horizontal mark, there will be as many vertical marks as the number of designs that will be stitched. Of note here, the vertical marks must be perpendicular to the horizontal mark.
Measuring of the original design is vital to making proper vertical marks. As you will recall, in the first step we measured the design and added spacing requirements between each stitch-out. In the pattern chosen for this demonstration, the original design is 97mm plus 2mm between each design for a total of 99mm.
After making the initial vertical mark, measure 99mm to make the next vertical mark.
The use of a quilter’s ruler will help with this task to ensure the vertical marks are perpendicular to the horizontal measurement. Carefully check that the horizontal line is accurate against the ruler’s grid. Again, remember these marks are to serve as placement marks for the hoop, not the design.
PLACING THE FABRIC IN THE ENDLESS HOOP
After all the markings are in place it is time to insert the fabric into the hoop. Now it is easy to see the reason that the measuring and marking is vital to a successful sew-out of the ongoing design.
Line up the horizontal marking with the end markings of the hoop and the vertical marking with the side markings of the hoop.
Ensure that all four marks are lined up or the design will not be “square” thus causing a defect in the next steps.
Once the fabric has been placed in the hoop, insert the hoop onto the embroidery arm. Remember to select the optional accessory 170x100 hoop prior to stitching.
The Designer 1 will let you know if you have the incorrect hoop on the embroidery arm.
Stitch out the first design. Note that in this example the first design is stitched with the bulk of the fabric behind the machine. The reason for this is because the first stitch of the design is at the bottom left as the hoop is facing the machine operator.
If the first stitch were at the top of the hoop, I would place the bulk of the fabric in front of the machine and move it to the back of the machine for the next design. The reason for placing the fabric in this manner is to ensure correct placement of the needle at the beginning of the next design.
MOVING THE FABRIC
After the fabric is moved forward (or towards the back of the machine) and the marks placed carefully at the proper points of the hoop. Double-check the placement of the fabric by looking down from the top of the machine.
For the first few stitches of the next pattern, it is prudent to utilize the foot control at a very slow speed to ensure proper placement of the needle for the first stitch or two. Ensuring proper placement of the design will determine whether it will appear to have been done professionally.
Continue moving the fabric and stitching the design until the length of the project is appropriate. It is my hope that this article will be helpful in producing many beautiful works and hours of pleasure.
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