Embroidery machines have long been used to embroider on existing articles such as towels, hats etc.
One of the major advantages in having an embroidery machine, that lots of people do not know about, is the added ability to create finished articles “In the Hoop” (ITH). It is much quicker and gives you the ability to create a fully completed item in no time at all.
When doing it “In the Hoop” you do not embroider on already made articles, instead you lay down fabric in the hoop as you go, and actually sew and embroider automatically using your embroidery machine hoop and an ITH design.
If you want to make gifts for friends, sell your items at the markets or keep them for yourself, ITH can be the fastest and most enjoyable way to create your desired items.
In the Hoop Made Easy
‘In the hoop’ is actually very easy to master, and if you take your time and follow our instructions, you can create intricate items that will impress all your friends.
This blog aims to show you how easy it is to create one of Sweet Pea’s most popular designs - the leaf table center. You can make it in either the 5x7, 6x10 or 7x12 hoop. If you would like to follow along and make one yourself, you can purchase the design here.
Making the Leaf Table Center ‘In the Hoop’
5x7 hoop (130mm x 180mm) hoop – only requires 7 leaves
Fabric A – cut 7 - 17cm x 22m (7” x 9”) front lining
Fabric B – cut 7 - 9cm x 14cm (3.5” x 5.5”) B as per above diagram
Fabric C – cut 7 - 12cm x 16cm (5” x 6.5”) C as per above diagram
Fabric D – cut 7 - 10cm x 13cm (4” x 5.5”) D as per above diagram
Fabric E – cut 7 - 11cm x 16cm (4.5” x 6.5”) E as per above diagram
Fabric F – cut 7 - 17cm x 22m (7” x 9”) Back of each leaf
Batting 1 – cut 7 - 17cm x 22cm (7” x 9”) one for each leaf
6x10 hoop (160mm x 260mm) hoop – requires 8 leaves
Fabric A – cut 8 - 20cm x 30cm (8” x 12”) front lining
Fabric B – cut 8 - 15cm x 12cm (6” x 5”) B as per above diagram
Fabric C – cut 8 - 14cm x 19cm (5.5” x 7.5”) C as per above diagram
Fabric D – cut 8 - 14cm x 18cm (5.5” x 7.5”) D as per above diagram
Fabric E – cut 8 - 14cm x 19cm (5.5” x 7.5”) E as per above diagram
Fabric F – cut 8 - 20cm x 30cm (8” x 12”) Back of each leaf
Batting 1 – cut 8 - 20cm x 30cm (8” x 12”) one for each leaf
7x12 hoop (180mm x 300mm) hoop - requires 8 leaves
Fabric A – cut 8 - 22cm x 34cm (9” x 14”) front lining
Fabric B – cut 8 - 13cm x 17cm (5.5” x 7”) B as per above diagram
Fabric C – cut 8 - 15cm x 21cm (6” x 8.5”) C as per above diagram
Fabric D – cut 8 - 14cm x 17cm (5.5” x 7”) D as per above diagram
Fabric E – cut 8 - 14cm x 21cm (5.5” x 8.5”) E as per above diagram
Fabric F – cut 8 - 22cm x 34cm (9” x 14”) Back of each leaf
Batting 1 – cut 8 - 22cm x 34cm (9” x 14”) one for each leaf
Watch this short video to watch how simple and easy it is to create the individual leaves.
Assembling the Leaves Together
Hand stitch or glue the opening closed. (We used fabric glue).
You will need 7 leaves (5x7) or 8 leaves (6x10 and 7x12) to make the table centre.
Next you will need to lay out the leaves as desired.
Place the first two leaves wrong sides together. Pin and stitch along the guide line you sewed earlier in the hoop.
Iron the fold open.
Repeat adding the next leaf to the first two.
Continue all the way around the table centre.
Iron the folds down and your beautiful leaf table centre is complete!
Bonus FREE “Learn to do in the hoop” Zipper Purse from Sweet Pea Machine Embroidery Designs
This puppy purse design comes with very detailed instructions and will teach you how to do 'In the Hoop'30. Full photo instructions and directions in English and German are included with your purchase. It is our intention to offer you the best service always and for our designs to be the highest quality. Designs come in all formats except ART. Bernina's can use EXP. Formats: PES, HUS, SEW, XXX, JEF, VP3, VIP, MIT, DAT, DST, EXP etc.
About Sweet Pea Machine Embroidery Designs
Sweet Pea Machine Embroidery specializes in “In the Hoop” designs such as tote bags, zipper purses, table runners, quilts, mug rugs, stuffies and lots more! We pride ourselves on our simple to understand and very detailed instructions. At every step along the way we include helpful photos as a guide.
We also make ITH easy and fun with the 24 hour a day involvement of our helpful members in the Sweet Pea Facebook community. There are over 30,000 members who are all keen to help and inspire you.
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