A few weeks ago one of my Futura students recommended the Hat Hoop as a way to embroider hats. I ordered a hoop from hathoop.com . Today while the weather was terrible, I tried the hoop and will show you my test results in a video. The embroidery was not perfect, in fact my placement was way too high. The embroidery needed to be closer to the brim. One of the factors could have been the type of hat I was using, it had a very low profile. High front profile hats are much easier to embroider because they give you more broader embroidery area. I was also not really registering in my brain how my template was placed on the hat. (Senior moment) I should have tried on the hat with the template pinned in place for a true view. If it was not right, I needed to move the design down in the software, save and reprint a template to pin on and try again. Here is the video!
The hoop works by removing the inside hoop and placing the hat hoop inside the hoop instead. I transferred the notch markings from my inside hoop to the hat hoop.
I hooped sticky paper and then scored the release sheet to prepare the hoop for embroidery. The hat was positioned on the sticky paper using a template and the brim was clamped in place. Carefully pull the hat and hoop on the machine to embroider.
The printed template will give you placement of the design on the hat. I used and awl to punch holes in the template at the center mark and on the cross marks. You can connect the dots for a better view. I draw the cross hairs from the top hoop in permanent ink on the sticky paper. Align the centering marks on the hat with the drawn marks on the sticky paper.
I have given you a square 4″ outline embroidery to use with design sizing and placement. The hoop has a 5″ hole so the outline design gives you a 1 inch margin from the edges so you do not strike the hoop and break a needle while embroidering. When you embroider your hat just skip the 1st color so you do not sew the square.
I am also giving you my monogram embroidery design which you can edit with your own monogram using advanced editing.
Do not forget I carry “Peel and Stick“ which is perfect for stabilizing you hat project. I have already decided I am making everyone a Monogrammed hat for Christmas next year.
Do you ever feel like a mushroom, hidden away in darkness wondering where was I? Today I had a very enlightening class with a student learning the Singer Futura XL400. She has been working with her Futura for some time and found a hathoop web site that makes hoops for the XL400 and all current model Futura. That was exciting. The web site is hathoop.com
I have ordered a hoop for my Quintet and plan to make a video on how I would use the hat hoop on my Singer Futura. I will let you know next week how I do with my hat.
Hathoop has hoops for most home embroidery machine so if you are in need of a hat hoop, this is the place to shop.
If you need sticky paper for your hat hoop project shop Jenny’s Sewing Studio at this link.
Looking for a fun project for the cold winter months. Here is an idea for a Blue Heron wall quilt. I was inspired by a Baby Lock article on the wall quilt they made using an embroidery and sewing machine. I also found a free Singer Blue Heron embroidery that can be used in “other brand machines”. I even found clip art you can use to auto digitize you own embroidery. I posted the project page on my web site and here is the link to all 3 projects. If you need to convert and save a design here is a link to the free Compucon EOS viewer format conversion tool. Interested in Compucom embroidery software? Here is a link to read about Compucon products and watch video.
Machine Embroidery Quilt
SINGER Stock design CD Wall Quilt
Our SINGER Stock design CD embroidery quilt can be done on any embroidery machine that uses a 5” x 7” hoop. The format is DST, which most embroidery software will recognize. The printable templates and layouts make the transition from design to sew out easy. Just remember to center your hoop over the cross hairs.
You will need:
–Singer Stock design CD of 3900 designs or some floral and border embroidery designs that are similar.
-At least 3 1/2 yards of top background fabric for a 6 block wall quilt- each block is 20” finished. Each border is cut 6” across the 45”width of the fabric. For a 6” block wall quilt, cut 9 strips for border.
I am looking forward to a New Year and my hope is it will give us all a new beginning. The Serenity Prayer keeps coming to mind so I thought it might be time to share the words with you!
I was playing around in the Singer Futura software and came up with some brand new Christmas designs for you. They are free! Here is a link! Make sure you sew them out before you place the designs on a project. The Auto punch software is responsible for both designs. I have done both designs in the FHE Futura format. If you have another machine and you want a conversion using the form below and tell me the design you wish and what format you need. Continue reading
There are several new sewing projects posted on Sew4Fun.com. I really liked the neck pillow and the Christmas in July star ornament. I have posted links to them on my project page. Look toward the bottom of the list for the neck pillow link. I am definitely making these as Christmas gifts. First I am making one for me.
I recently posted pictures from past Summer and family vacations at my Gallery page. The good, bad and the ugly is all there. See pictures of me at the beach as a little girl with my brother and mom. Look, I was topless. I think my dad was taking the picture. Those were the days. Everyone who grew up on Delmarva enjoyed fun in the sun. Now we have so many tourist I wait till the Fall or Spring to dip my toes. Hope you are having a great Summer.
Learn to use your new Singer Futura at Jenny’s Sewing Studio in Salisbury, MD, With “one on one” instruction. Choose a one day or 2 day session. Learn how to use the embroidery software to it’s fullest.