Last week I used three embroidery hoops in different sizes as examples to demonstrate one of the most obvious reasons why every embroidery hoop will not fit onto every embroidery machine. Each hoop I used was the same in height (360mm or 14”), but they each differed in their width.
In my 5.3.20 blog I talked about the machine embroidery hoop size in terms of the usable area inside the hoop. The discussion today pertains to the outside of the hoop. Specifically how far a hoop can go to the right of the needle and not hit the side of the machine, while still maintaining the allowances needed along the three sides and the top of the inside of every hoop. This space issue is one of the most obvious reasons why a hoop will or will not fit on a particular machine. There are other factors, such as the size of the embroidery unit itself, but this factor of the space to the right of the needle is very clear to see and understand. Remember, each hoop must have enough space to move so it can maintain a ¼” allowance along the bottom of the hoop and the two sides and 1 ¼” along the inside top (see the May blog for pictures and examples of this).
For each hoop, no matter what the size, realize that designs are always going to be a tad smaller. For example, designs for an 8″ x 8″ hoop will only go to 7.90″ x 7.90″. This is to allow for moving the design for precise placement on your project.
Remember, if a particular embroidery hoop is supposed to fit your machine, but your machine will not recognize it, try updating your machine from the website (at the bottom right of the Husqvarna Viking or Pfaff homepage named “Machine Updates”). Just follow the given instructions, or have Bonny’s Sewing and Fabric install the update for you during your next machine service. Happy Sewing!