Last week I talked about the Endless Hoops and their quilting uses. This week I want to focus on the other specialty hoops made for quilting. These hoops are for quilting but have multiple uses for all kinds of projects that don’t involve quilting at all. This is a case of “size matters”. It is most advisable to use the smallest hoop practical for each embroidery to allow for the most amount of fabric support during stitching.
First of all, both Husqvarna Viking and Pfaff make versions of each of these hoops. The hoops I have were all purchased for my Designer Diamond Royale, thus the Husqvarna Viking boxes. I have included links for both brands for your convenience.
The three square hoops; the Texture Hoop (HV) (Pfaff), the Do-All Quilter’s Hoop/ All Fabric Hoop and the 200x200mm Quilter’s Hoop/Creative Quilter’s Hoop each have differences that allow them to be good general hoops but with a task at which they each shine.
The largest square hoop, the Quilter’s Hoop/Creative Quilter’s Hoop, 200x200mm or 8”x8”, has size on its side. The only hoop larger that is almost square is the 360x350mm turntable hoop. Making a quilt with the 200x200mm or 8”x8” hoop allows you to bring together projects quickly due to block size. This hoop paired with blocks made using the standard square 100x100mm or 4”x4” hoop let you create quilts with blocks of proportional sizing with very little effort.
The Texture Hoop is in a class all its own. At a size of 150x150mm or 6”x6”, it allows you to create quilt blocks that use texture such as yarns and ribbons running through the embroidery designs.
The other 150x150mm hoop is the Quilter’s Do-All Hoop/All Fabric Hoop. This is another 150x150mm or 6”x6” hoop that comes with two inner hoops: one for thinner fabrics or batting and one for heavy or thicker fabric or batting. With the quick release lever you can set the hoop for the first block, no matter the batting size, and simply re-hoop over and over again with very little hoop adjustment needed. I love this hoop for quilting after all my quilt layers are together. The “heavy” inner hoop allows me to put the hoop anywhere and I don’t have to worry about thickness.
Lastly, I love my metal hoops. Only the smallest one is square at 100x100mm or 4”x4”, but I find all three of them invaluable for stitching random quilting designs all over the finished quilt. I use them for borders, hard to hoop areas, areas where I think hoop burn might be a problem, anywhere!
For me, my metal hoops work best when stitching designs that are not very dense. This makes them perfect for my quilting designs. My only advice with these hoops is you purchase an extra pack of magnets. It comes with four, but I really think you need at least eight to securely hold your project while embroidering.
Well, that’s it! I hope the information and all the links have been of some help.