Sooner or later (probably sooner) everyone has it happen - the ooops, the hoop was not exactly tight enough and your partially completed - and very expensive/special/treasured - project slips out of the hoop. I can honestly say that this has happened to me and the more expensive/technical/delicate my project is the more likely it is to have a hoop problem. I think it happens because I am so focused on the expense/technique/delicate issues and the hoop is just not getting the attention I normally would.
It does not matter what type of a machine you have, it can happen to any of us. So, here is my tip to fix it and save your project!
Here is my design sewing on the machine.
Here is the loose hoop.
And after just a little movement of the machine, it is gone from its position.
You know, if you have been reading my blogs, that I am a big fan of Badgemaster. This hoop loss needs something that will hold stitches, can be seen through and will go away when you are done. That is not a small request because there are few stabilizers that can do everything that is needed. Here is my first blog on Badgemaster. That blog includes my comments after the 3 years it took to use Badgemaster up.
Here is my second roll. You will notice that I have a desiccant (used to absorb water or humidity) that I got in another item. I put it with my roll to help keep it dry. It will be used up in 3 years but I don't want it to get damp or wet in the mean time.
Next, I will hoop just the Badgemaster. It is strong and will take multiple stitches in the same place and NEVER fail.
Now I will start the design over again on the Badgemaster. I did not go as far as the original sew out but I should have done just that.
The easiest step of all is to match up the problem project with my Badgemaster sewing.
Once they are matched perfectly, I will pin or baste by hand the project to my stabilizer.
Back to the machine for a perfect finish and my project is saved.
There was a little bit of red tails left on one of the pieces, I should have trimmed them because they got caught in my final design.
Here is some more good news. I use my fingernail or anything that is rounded on the edge and lift off the Badgemaster. You will notice that the tear away is quite firm but not impossible. That is a sure test of the strength of the stabilizer.
It tears very cleanly. I know that some of my 'tear away' stabilizers have left fuzzy edges and/or lint behind or been too easy to tear away thus destabilizing the stabilizer at work. Not a good situation!
Here is my finished project. You cannot tell I had any sort of problem with it! Hope you are using Badgemaster, you will always appreciate its high quality.
You can use this trick for placement in the same manner. Just start with the Badgemaster design and leaving it in the hoop, baste or pin your project to your Badgemaster. Quick, easy and fool proof.
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