I have tried tension, plastic and wood that tighten with a screw, and rubber outer that stretch over a plastic inner hoop--always with the same result--after about 5 minutes of stitching, the fabric is no longer taut. It sags and I am constantly trying to tighten the hoop. I have used a screwdriver to tighten the screw hoops and have lined the inner hoop with fabric to increase friction. What is the trick to keeping fabric taut in the hoop? Thank you.
Which method of embroidery are you using? Some types do not require a hoop. Also, how hard are you pulling as you stitch? If you pull too hard, the stitches will bunch the fabric, and it could pull out of the hoop. I think the hardest method to hoop for is punch needle because it requires such taut fabric.
If you are doing punch needle, make sure you have the right type of fabric. The best is 50% cotton, 50% polyester. I use one of the Susan Bates Hoop-La Embroidery Hoops which as a special grip lip. I put the cloth into the hoop, tighten the hoop, pull at each corner of the cloth, and tighten some more. I repeat the pulling and tightening several times until it won't budge.
There's also a special This Round-About Punch Needle Frame- that has a sort of burr edge to grip the fabric. I've never tried it, but I hear that it's good.
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