Centering Designs: The Thumb Tack Method

Projects floated in the hoop have never been easier to center. I'll show you how.

Whether you are floating one project or tackling a multiple-hooped project like a quilt, your favorite embroidery room tool just may be an ordinary flat-head thumb tack. My friend, Marjorie Busby of, showed me this trick and it has come in handy on many occasions, especially when hooping multiple positions of the same design.

Start by hooping your stabilizer and drawing the centering cross hairs on it.

Push a flat-head thumb tack up through the bottom of the hooped stabilizer at the center of the cross hairs.