The No-Slip Stabilizer Trick That Costs Mere Pennies

This little trick will help keep your projects hooped securely and it won’t break the bank!

The secret weapon is a simple T-pin. Personally, I like the 1.5-inch size.  

Insert the pin through both layers of fabric and stabilizer on top, against the hoop, right where they come out of the hoop. Then, insert the pin along the top edge of the hoop, parallel to the hoop edge, to keep layers tight and flat. Pin around the hoop edge.

Where this is really handy is with larger hoops. The bigger the hoop, the more lose that the sides can become. T-pins keep stabilizer and fabric from shifting.

The pins also help when stitching applique and quilting designs where you need to remove and reattach the hoop multiple times or have layers of stabilizer, fabrics, and batting.

I find it most useful when stitching in-the-hoop projects using a fabric-type water-soluble stabilizer, particularly if the project is not finished in one sitting. Even when snug, the WSS can relax in the hoop. That can cause issues with registration and puckering.

To make pinning even easier, the DIME Hoop Mat (in the background) keeps the hoop from sliding around.

Debbie SewBlest

Comments (2) -

Loooove this idea. I have tried without success inside both hoops   This makes much more sense. Thanks so much.

Simple and effective. I love that! I too have been placing the pins on the inside of the hoop.

We all have little tricks that we need to share. If you have one, please place it in the comments.

Thank you, Debbie!!

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