Hoop Impression or Burn

Occasionally you may be working with a dense or very sheer fabric and experience what is called hoop burn. Sometimes it is just an impression left on the fabric, but some of them can be a real burn.

As previously noted, you can get the fantastic (IMHO) Snap-Hoop which you can read about in my blog about it. You cannot get hoop burn from these hoops, but until yours arrives, these are some ideas for you to use if you get hoop burn. Snap-Hoop is currently available for Bernina, Brother, Baby Lock and Viking. More hoops are being developed for other machines so watch for them.




This visual appearance happens when the grip of a hoop imprints or presses a fabric's fibers down leaving an impression after the hoop is removed.

Fabrics with a nap as minimal as that of a t-shirt are subject to burns. Terrycloth, velvet and leather are easily marred and must be cared for in a special manner.

First and foremost, remember to ‘float' your fabric above the hoop. As I demonstrated in my earlier blog, use an adhesive stabilizer, and my personal favorite is Ann's because of the value and the quality.  You may like a different brand, but the important thing is that you purchase the best you can afford. It is like trying to use a wrench as a hammer. The 2nd best tool for the job may work, but for the best results, use the correct tool.

OK, let's say that you got the burn, what now? A small amount of water/moisture will usually fix the problem. I recommend using a Q-Tip or similar item that is not overly wet. Start out with less water, you can always add more.  Rub the fabric against the lay of the nap and at the same time, roll your fabric between your fingers to encourage the nap back into position. Most napped fabric has been heat sealed in some way to keep the nap lofty, so rolling the fabric may be a good choice to coax the nap into place.

You may be able to simply put the fabric through the wash. That is not always possible for a variety of reasons. However, if you do so, check the burn before placing in the dryer because the dryer can and will ‘reset' the fabric into the burned position. Err on the side of caution.

Another possible remedy would be to use your spray and/or steam iron. I would not press the fabric but I would keep the steam on the burn area about 1" above the fabric. I would do that for about 60 second followed by fluffing with the nap of a wash cloth and check my results. This may have to be done multiple times. A few minutes of effort may just get the fabric back to its original nap.

I know that I have read multiple suggestions on the Internet including (but not limited to):

  • Spray with a weak vinegar solution rather than plain water
  • Use a light coat of spray sizing
  • Spray a little spray starch
  • Magic Sizing fabric finish
  • Wrap the hoop with strips of adhesive cutaway

You may have an idea of your own, please add it to the comments area. We know that some things will work for one situation and not for another. This is a great time to share your idea!


NOTE: Due to technical difficulties, The Computerist blog did not have a link in last weeks blog links email. Since it has some important information (IMHO), you may want to check it out. It discusses Speeding Up Your Computer and Leather and Lace and Alphabet Xpress.

Comments (6) -

Very cool info, wished I had know this info this756 past November when I embroidered 24 t-shirts for my husbands fire department. Thanks...

ibquiltn - 24 t-shirts can be a real challenge.  As you may know, I do have a commercial site where I sell bridal items.

When I do that many duplicate items, I find using every trick I know can be very important. For instance - just a little thing but time saver - I now keep my angled ruler together with my marking pen so that I get both of them at the same time.  It is little things that add up over time.

Best wishes to you and yours, Pat

Pat, You are so incredibly talented.  I wish you were my next door neighbor. I admit that I usually read your blogs first.

Thank you for sharing your knowledge. I haven't kept up for a while.  I was blessed with two new granddaughters Dec. 15th & 22nd in two different states.

L Diane

L Diane - Congrates on those little ones. You get to make many lovely things for them to appreciate and you to enjoy giving them through embroidery. Heirlooms are still the best way to bridge time and space (IMHO)!

Thank you, but I just share what I learn from my own experiences.

There is an old joke that goes something like -

How did you get to making so many good ideas? - - Many years of making bad ideas. . .

I think it was Edison creating the light bulb who said something like "I have 935 ways that the light bulb did not work."

I could go on and on!

LOL, Pat

Hi Pat

I use the floating method anytime it is possible. I have a granddaughter that Loves the shirts she gets from Gramma. I made her a shirt size 2T when she wore that size, then I got lazy. We skype a lot and my daughter kept telling me that the little one stills wears her shirt and would like another one. (A 2T on a 4T child sure looks silly). As you can imagine, I did up several for her for Christmas and she loves them. The old one? Well, her best friend, Bear (her stuffed bear) wears it now.

BTW, I will be getting the snap hoop soon.


thecomputerist 3/1/2011 1:56:03 PM

You are going to love your Snap Hoop.

I enjoy hearing about grandchildren. Mine are from 2 to 17 and what a crazy bunch!


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