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How to hoop towels without all the struggle

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Towels are a great machine embroidery project, but hooping them... that's a whole workout right there! But it doesn't have to be like that, here's how you can hoop towels without all the struggle.

Recommended read: How to float your machine embroidery project

   1. Start by pinning, taping or spraying the wash away stabilizer or cutaway stabilizer to the towel. I recommend this as it will not only make hooping the towel so much easier, but it will help with placement too! 

I use a roll of wash-away stabilizer that is 10” wide, and cut a rectangle of 7” x 10” and it fits my 4” x 4” hoop great.


Optional: if you want to, you can also pin the stabilizer that goes on top of the towel


   2. Make sure that you have made the hoop loose enough that you will actually be able to hoop the towel. You want it to be loose enough that the towel can actually be hooped, but you also want it tight enough that the towel won't move around in the hoop.

DO NOT tighten the screw while it is hooped, this will bunch up the towel and stabilizer at the bottom and cause your project to not embroider correctly.

Never adjust the tightness of the hoop after hooping, if you need to, adjust, unhoop, retighten (or loosen), and try again!

   3. Now that everything is pinned and the screw has been loosened, put the bottom part of the hoop underneath and get ready to push the top part of the hoop down. I recommend standing for this.


   4. Push down the top left and right of the hoop with your thumbs


   5. Replace your left thumb with your right pointer finger and slide your left thumb down to the bottom left and push the hoop down


   6. The tops of the hoop and the bottom left should all be pushed down and pretty secure. Now move the fingers on your right hand down to wear your left thumb is, leaving the right thumb in the same position.


   7. Move your left thumb over to the bottom right and place the fingers on your left hand where your left thumb used to be. Push down with your left thumb

If the hoop will not go down here this means that it is too tight, unhoop everything, loosen the screw and try again!


   8. If your hoop did go down, make sure that it is not too loose! Otherwise, you'll also have to restart and try again!

If everything is good and your hoop isn't too loose or too tight, congrats, you only have one more step to go!

9. Push down all the corners and sides with your thumbs to make sure everything is tight and secure!


This is what the back of your hoop should look like! Now it's time to embroider the towel!


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