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Thread: Question about hand stitching with a hoop?

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    Question about hand stitching with a hoop?

    Yep another one of them Newbie stupid questions . Does it matter if you use a quilting hoop or and embroidery hoop. I see that the quilt hoop is thicker but will the embroidery hoop mess anything up? Does it really make a difference?

    I just hope I dont have a limit to stupid questions.

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    no stupid questions, just inquiring minds!! I think an embroidery hoop will work if it will hold the fabric with the correct tension. No reason not to try it. I used to use the cheep wooden hoops but I was breaking them so invested in a heavier one.

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    No stupid questions here. The embroidery hoop may get the job done, but I suspect you will really enjoy working on a nice quilting hoop if you have a lot of hand quilting to do.

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    Try to get an older quilting hoop. They're so nice. I found them used on line. The newer ones are flimsy as is an embroidery hoop.

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Size:  180.3 KBThe round one is the one I use the most I got it at Joanns it is wooden but heavy wood and does a nice job. Sometimes I use the oval floor frame but I like the hoop better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quilt-Till-U-Wilt View Post
    Try to get an older quilting hoop. They're so nice. I found them used on line. The newer ones are flimsy as is an embroidery hoop.
    You're right about that!
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    You can probably use an embroidery hoop with a low loft batting but it will be a battle getting the outer ring on going over 2 layers of fabric and batting. The spring loaded ones aren't meant to go over that much thickness and it will be difficult for you to get the tension correct for quilting. Eventually you will stretch out the spring so you will no longer be able to use your hoop for embroidery. I recommend getting a quilt hoop, the kind you tighten the outer ring with a wing nut. The cheap wooden ones sold at Jo-Annes don't last. I agree with Up North try to find an older one at a garage/yard sale or thrift store or on line. I have a plastic no slip one that is made out of some kind of heavy duty plastic composite and really like it. I paid considerably more for it than the el-cheapo wood ones cost but to me it was worth the extra cost. It is durable and works very well and for as many quilts as I have done with this hoop I suspect I would have gone through multiple cheapy wood ones.

    There are some very nice wood ones made of hardwood as well.

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    I use the white PVC rectangle quilting "hoop" to quilt with. It's heftier to hold in my hand and helps me with the weight of a quilt. I have several embroidery hoops of different sizes, depending on the size of the piece I'm working on, and the intricacy of the stitches I'm doing.
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    you keep asking questions. my dad
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    If this is your first time quilting with a hoop, I would use what you have on hand. The big BUT is if you have to buy a hoop because you have none and your budget allows, I would buy the best quilt hoop that you find. Take one for a test drive at your lqs. The one I chose has a base that sits in my lap on a stand and rotates on a ball hinge. Used it for years, and now have a floor frame one, but still love the lap holder one the best. Mine came from gruber's market genola MN, but I don't think they are in business. I bought mine years ago from Keepsake quilting in Center Harbor NH. Here are a couple of pics
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    Quote Originally Posted by feline fanatic View Post
    You can probably use an embroidery hoop with a low loft batting but it will be a battle getting the outer ring on going over 2 layers of fabric and batting. The spring loaded ones aren't meant to go over that much thickness and it will be difficult for you to get the tension correct for quilting.
    The first "quilt" I made, I tried to hand quilt with a 6 inch spring loaded embroidery hoop. I didn't think the heavy poly batting would be thick enough, so I doubled it. I could just barely get the quilt in the hoop, but it was a struggle. As I sat there stab stitching away, my mom told me that the quilting stitch was worked from the top. I thought she was nuts, but it's little wonder that the project became my first UFO.

    That aside, on my next quilt, 15 years later, I bought a $4 quilting hoop. It worked much better and helped me become addicted to hand quilting. I still have it, it's still useable, but if I used a hoop more often (I use a floor frame now), I would buy a quality hoop.

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    I agree with nhweaver. If you are going to be buying a hoop, get one with a stand, if you can. Dh bought me a Hinterberg for my birthday one year, and it's awesome. My two hands have enough to do with the quilting without having to hold the hoop at the same time. I had a hard time using a hoop without the base. The hoop was a bit pricey, but a great gift. (Whisper in someone's ear---Santa's?)

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    It's me again. I took a hand quilting class last year about this time in VA. The lady taught without a hoop. You used the table or a board for support. I was raised seeing the aunts use quilting frames on the floor or hanging from the ceiling. So this really threw me. I am still not sure if I like it. But it is all I know for the actual hand quilting. So I too have been looking at the hoops. I love the look of nhweavers. My dad's sister is almost 90 and nearly blind and she told me a few weeks ago that she still loves her lap frame that has a stand if she wants to use it. Thanks for listening. Teresa

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