How to: Create a Larger than Hoop Embroidery Project
When I first started exploring machine embroidery it wasn’t until my first couple projects that I realized that the hoop size really mattered. With a 4X4 hoop machine it can seem like a creative jail so today I am going to show you how to escape. In the video below I will be demonstrating the tips I am discussing here which is the method I used for today. For those that are not aware I currently have the Brother PE550d embroidery machine which is a 4 X 4 hoop machine.
The main limitation is that most embroidery files that are sold on Etsy and other platforms are too large. Although it is a 4 X 4 it does not fix the entire field making it a little tricky to predict if certain files will work. Measurements under four inches usually work, however, if they don’t work, do the rest of us a favor and let the person who created the file know so they can change the description of their file. If the seller does not reply, write up a review.
Alright, with that out of the way the only other inconvenience is hoop changes, with a larger machine it can stitch out a large project in one go. However, with a 4 X 4 it may take three or more hoping to line up in order to complete your desired project. A pro trick to help keep letters out of the hoop lined up is to create larger words and to use the prep outline tool to see where the needle will start the next letter to connect the two so that it looks flawless. Another thing you can do besides measuring is to draw a line in chalk to keep everything straight. Watch the video below where I create a custom baby blanket for my Etsy shop using these tips.