Thursday, June 30, 2011

Big or Small You Should Hoop it Up, Twice!

Decor Design 1 of 9 Designs
Whether you are an embroidery business or a fun hobbyist, owning two hoops in each size  for your machine is a time saver...
Mistakes can happen!  
Perhaps, you are like me stitching at midnight, you are tired and you just want to finish up some T's for a bridal shower. Oh, and the party is at 10:30 the next morning!  It's a repetitive design, so you just need to do a name change on each shirt.  Ah! Just that name change, can do you in.  Yes, Brother NEXT software and Babylock's Palette 9 offers the name drop feature which does reduce mistakes and save time, however,  you decided to rely on your tired brain. You have your two hoops hard at work so while one is stitching the other is being prepared to go next -  And then it happens...
 Always try to own two hoops of each size needed when doing "production" work.  If a mistake happens you can leave the item in the hoop and work on fixing it (removing stitches, if needed) while the next item is stitching.  This saves you on down time.  And by leaving the "broken item" in the hoop, you stand a much better chance of returning the design to the needed stitching point and fixing it! 
And so you are not a business?  But late at night when you are turning out those last minute gifts, things still go awry! While Susie's gift is stitching, you can fix the stitch oops on Dianne's gift, all because you owned two hoops in the needed size.  
~ Cookie

4 comments:

Kreations for Kids said...

Great tip! Thank you! Lynnell

Sew Bee It Clothier said...

A fabulous tip! I just recently purchased the baby Lock Enterprise and haven't gotten to use the Palette yet. I am anxious now AND to buy some duplicate hoops!

Anonymous said...

It's a practical tip for time and ease but who can afford two hoops of each size? At $75 or $80 or more per hoop, it's cost prohibitive for me.

Cookie said...

I understand the price concerns shared by "anonymous". It's one of those investments that when I first got involved with embroidery, I had to save up for additional hoops. At the time, it was for a 5x7 hoop, as that was the size I used the most and decided to make it a priority. I borrowed a friends hoop for an order of 50 + shirts I got for a country club. You only have to lose one shirt and the downtime to quickly realize how valuable a second hoop is. Keep your eye open for used equipment. Let you dealer know you are interested in trade in items. Ask friends in the American Sewing Guild to keep their eyes open for the hoops you need. It really is worth the $$ to get an extra one whether it be new or used. Thanks for posting and you are not alone.