If you think that you can't embroider items that you can't get into a hoop, or hold with self-adhesive stabilizer, think again.
There's another method that will let you hold big, bulky items under the embroidery needle. I embroidered this tote bag on my single-needle home embroidery machine and it came out great - even with the relatively complex design and lots of outlines.
Here's how I do these kinds of projects, keeping them held under the needle. I don't walk away from the machine using this method, but it is more secure than using self-adhesive tape for heavy or bulky items.
First, hoop a piece of heavy cut-away stabilizer in a hoop size that is generously larger than the embroidery size. You will need room along the sides of the hoop to apply double-faced tape as shown here.
The tape is what's special. You will need to get super-sticky carpet tape, or Google the brands TUCK and BROn.
Cut away the stabilizer just inside the tape as shown here.
Attach the item securely to the tape by finger-pressing it along all edges of the tape.
You may find it easiest to turn the item in a different direction, so be sure to remember to rotate.
Slide a bit of stabilizer beneath the item to support the embroidery area. Then just stick by the machine until it's finishes.
It's a quick and easy solution to those hard-to-hold items!