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.
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 have made this prayer into a machine embroidery.
It was pretty easy with my Singer Futura. Everything was built in!
The download is at this link
and it is in FHE format. If you need another format let me know! Happy New Year!
Embroidery Library just published a wonderful video on how to embroider on lightweight fabrics. If you are looking for the stabilizer used, Jenny’s Sewing Studio sells it. Here is the link to “Sew and Wash” and more wonder video on wash away stabilizers.
Here are some hints when using the Futura multi-hoop technique.
Recently I was practicing multi-hooping for an upcoming class and would like to pass along some hints I discovered while doing multi-hooping. Multi-hooping is used with designs that are bigger then the large hoop which is about 6″ X 10″. The total hooping area of each hoop is a little smaller, but each design can measure approximately 9 1/2? X 18?.
The picture of the purse is a project Singer had posted a few years ago on multi-hooping. It is a great exercise to use when trying multi-hooping.
The Singer Futura now has a positioning feature for perfect placement of your large embroidery. In the software program, under tools, you can set your parameters to align a single large hoop and multi-hooping. If your design is larger than one hooping, the software will split the design into multi-hoops and aid you in re alignment of the multi-hoopings. Make sure you read my Futura multi-hoop article and watch the video!
My hints are to use a stabilizer like “Fuse and Tear” or “Sulky Totally Stable” for most items that do not have to be reversible. I am stocking 20″ wide “Totally Stable”. The stabilizer can be a temporary fuse. It will cover the back of the whole design.
Another tip is to mark the right side of the fabric very accurately. I used a 15″ square Omni-grid ruler so I could make sure everything was square when I marked the X and Y and center axis. When you hoop, make sure the marked line is inside the hoop limits.
Multi-hooping is the best way to get perfect alignment. The last tip is to place your embroidery in the hoop using a grid and zoom so you can plan the split to you best advantage.
If you are looking for ways to use your embroidery machine, the bow tie pillow is a wonderful and decorative treat for any room. Embroidery Library has done a brief free tutorial on how to set up and use your embroidery machine to decorate the knot of the bow. I recommend EOS free program to browse all your embroidery files, open any design you may have, and print out a template. EOS is a free part of the Compucon Stitch and Sew program. This program is a must for all who do not have an embroidery software for their machine. Here is a link to the software and video plus a link to additional software you can purchase and use from Stitch and Sew. Save an additional 10% off our Stitch and Sew software and most items in our shopping cart now to March 31st 2016. Use code JENMarch16 on checkout.