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Thread: What size embroidery hoop?

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    Super Member Raggiemom's Avatar
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    My husband is looking to buy me an embroidery machine as a belated Christmas present. I think we have narrowed it down to the Brother PE770 and the Janome 300E. Both offer 5x7 hoops. My question is, do I really need the larger hoop or would a machine that does 4x4 be sufficient? I have never embroidered in my life but have always wanted to learn. I would like to embroider squares to make quilts and maybe embroider on dish hand towels. Thanks for any suggestions. :)

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    Maybe once every other year or so I use a hoop smaller than a 6 x 10. Nearly everything I embroider is in that size, but I also do a fair amount in my larger hoops as well.

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    Definately go with a 5x7. You will be able to do SO much more. IMHO, a 5x7 is more useful. :)

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    I have the Brother SE270D - the hoop is only 4x4 and I am glad I have it just wish I had the bigger hoop :? More and more designs are going to the larger size, so if you can afford it go larger :thumbup:

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    It just depends on what you want to embroider. I use a 4 x 4 hoop, but I don't do a lot of embroidery. It would be nice to be able to do large quilt blocks, but the machines are out of my budget.

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    IMHO a 5X7 is a good size - I occasionally use my 4X4 hoop but most of it is done on a larger hoop. I have the grand hoop for my Pfaff - but only occasionally use that.

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    Go the largest you can afford. You will regret it in the future if you don't.

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    Truly, bigger is better, you will use it often.

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    Definitely get a machine that has at least a 5x7" hoop! I started with a machine that would only embroider a 4x4" area and it wasn't long before I was wishing for a larger hoop! I now have an upgraded machine and can go to many of the larger larger sizes. The ones are use the most are the 4x4 and 6x10! You'll be glad you got the larger hoop area because embroidery is almost as addictive as quilting!!

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    I agree! Go with the larger size hoop if you can afford. I started with a 4x4 hoop size and when I noticed more designs were going up to 5x7 I decided to upgrade and I never looked back. Unless you'd rather stick with smaller designs you are limited on the 4x4 size.

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    Last week I got the Brother SE 400 with a 4 x 4 hoop. After owning it for one day and discovering all the free designs that I wanted were larger, I ordered the Brother PE 770. I will open the box tomorrow when my GS goes home. I am super excited. Go larger!

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    The larger the better. The 4x4 is so small that I find it difficult to find the embroidery patterns to fit. Remember that the actual embroidery space is even smaller than 4x4. I have a machine (Janome 11000) that has a very large hoop and I find even that is too small - I usually use the larger hoop for most of my designs. I'm hoping for an upgrade for Janome to be able to use the really HUGE designs especially for quilting.

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    Definately go with the larger hoop area.So many designs are now being offered in the 5x7 hoop size. You will still use your 4x4 but you will be amazed at how many more larger embroidery projects you will be able to make.

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    I have the PE700. I sold my Elna because it was only 4 inch embroidery. I use the 5 X 7 designs more than the small ones. I just made 2 embroidery quilts and use the larger designs and they came out beautiful.

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    I have the Janome 300E, and love it. Definately get the larger hoop capability.

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    I have the Janome 350e with the 5x7 hoop, it also had the USB that the 300 doesn't. I would not suggest a machine with a smaller hoop, I have found numerous designs that take larger than the 5x7 that I would like to do, so I may upgrade later.

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    The bigger the better

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    Depends on what you plan on quilting. I have a long oval hoop that I use frequently when I want to embroider pillowcases or dish towels. You can do it on smaller hoops by doing it in pieces, but that is difficult.

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    I use the 5x7 nearly all the time. Even if the design is made for the 4x4 you can still use the 5x7 hoop, but if the design is made for the 5x7, you cannot use the 4x4.
    Plus, I love my Janome 9700...

    Barbara

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    Get the largest capacity you can afford.. ALWAYS.
    You will grow into it.
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    Buy the one with the largest hoop you can afford. I didn't and I have regretted it ever since. I am now trying to save up so I can get a different machine with larger than 4x4 embroidery area.

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    I am sure you will be dissappointed if you don't go for the largest hoop you can fit into your budget...Down the road you will be so glad that you have it.

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    By all means go larger because you can put your smaller designs in the larger hoop. Merry Christmas...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raggiemom
    My husband is looking to buy me an embroidery machine as a belated Christmas present. I think we have narrowed it down to the Brother PE770 and the Janome 300E. Both offer 5x7 hoops. My question is, do I really need the larger hoop or would a machine that does 4x4 be sufficient? I have never embroidered in my life but have always wanted to learn. I would like to embroider squares to make quilts and maybe embroider on dish hand towels. Thanks for any suggestions. :)
    I started with a Bernina Deco that only did 4 x 4. Later got a Jenome that does the larger sizes. All the difference. The old story.......you can always make it smaller but you can't make it bigger.

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    I agree...the larger the better. Even with the 5x7 hoop, I often wish I could go even bigger.

    BTW - I recommend trying www.emblibrary.com for designs. They are inexpensive and have been better than the higher cost designs I have bought. You can buy only the one you want, not a huge package where you get more designs than you'll ever use. They also offer coupons and sales as well as some free designs each month.

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