You might also try quilting with NO hoop. There is no law that says you need a hoop. I do it both ways. Depends on the size of the quilt and the quilting pattern for me. If I'm quilting a large quilt I'll typically thread baste as opposed to pin basting. One of the main reasons I prefer quilting with a hoop is that when I scrunch it up when I'm done for that session, it's easier to find where I left off! Otherwise, in the actual quilting itself, it doesn't seem to make a difference for me.