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Those pesky plastic hoop grids.
How do you keep track of them?
ladyv
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Date: 1/12/14 3:17 PM

I have misplaced the hoop grid for my 130 X 180 mid size hoop. Babylock and Brother do not sell them separately any more. My dealer has tried and tried to locate one for me with no luck. I have a work around that is not really the best. I have made a mark on the hoop itself to show where the center of the hoop is so that I can draw a line on the vertical center and then cross with the horizontal center and locate the center of the hoop.

I am wondering how do you keep track of those clear grids? They disappear when placed on top of anything because they are clear. I am fairly sure that mine will show up someday but in the meantime, I'd like to know how to avoid this happening with the other sizes.

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Date: 1/12/14 3:26 PM

I dont' even know what they are used for... LOL!

What size do you need? I would probably be happy to part with one of mine for the price of postage? PM me if you want :-)

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Date: 1/12/14 3:48 PM

I don't think anyone really needs a clear plastic hoop grid for anything, but if you got one and loose it, I think you could always go into Joann's or Hancocks big chain fabric stores and just a get apiece of clear plastic, with a grid printed on it, or not, kind of quilting template sheet for I think less than $2.00 and then just put it under your hoop, draw a line around the inner edge of it,(with a black sharpie marker) and cut it out with some sissor (not the fabric ones) and then you got a new one. If you did not want them in a box or a drawer, you could just stick one in a hole punch, make a hole in it, and hang it on the wall on a hook behind a sewing machine probably. Maybe try that?

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Date: 1/12/14 4:51 PM

Quote: heathergwo
I dont' even know what they are used for... LOL!



What size do you need? I would probably be happy to part with one of mine for the price of postage? PM me if you want :-)

Hey....

I'll bet my friend will *buy* yours that are for the Innov-is 1200 ... I bought that machine for her yesterday, and the only things it was missing were the grids.

Let me know.

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Date: 1/12/14 5:07 PM

I'd really like to know what they're used for too. I don't it's covered in my manual (yes, I actually read it--LOL)

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Date: 1/12/14 5:15 PM

Most have a 1/2" hole, and I hang them on the wall behind my machine on a pushpin. The ones that didn't have a hole big enough for that have one now!

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Date: 1/12/14 5:16 PM

lestelle, they're for precision lining-up of your patterns. I don't much use them for slapping a design on the back of a vest or on a Henley, but sometimes you really need it.

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Date: 1/12/14 5:39 PM

Really?! You all don't use them? Now I am wondering how you do placement of your designs. I need the holes in the grid to find the center of the design and to make sure I get it in the right place. I don't always want to use the camera for that when the fabric is a solid color. I don't think it would work as well as making marks. The little bumps at the top and bottom of the hoop are not exactly in the center as I am sure you have noticed. If there's a better way, I'd like to learn it. It's how I learned in my owners classes.
Heather, I am not sure yours would fit my machine but I really appreciate the offer. It's the 130 X 180 (5X7) hoop. It didn't come with my machine, an Ellisimo, but it's a size that I like to use often so I bought it separately. I can buy another hoop and get the grid that way! They just don't sell it separately.

beauturbo, I thought about trying to make one but I don't think it would be accurate. I even copied one so I would know where the lines and holes go. That is how I made the centering marks at the top and bottom of my hoop and that is what I am using now.
Maybe I should just go rearrange the furniture and find it. :)

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Date: 1/12/14 6:12 PM

Why is that that the little marks aren't in the center!? I fixed it with a Sharpie pen, but still.

I figure the center of the hoop is the center of the design, and usually that's good enough. It really depends on what you're lining up though, and the amount of room you have. I also find it easier to not hoop my fabric. I just hoop the stabilizer and then place the fabric on that with some quilt spray.

I think I might have a tendency to pull my fabric too tightly in the hoop, and placing it on top fixes that.

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Date: 1/12/14 7:36 PM

Remember your hoops are not the size of the designs they can stitch out. A 5x7 hoop is actually larger. The positioning is based on the stitchable area and centered based on that and the needle positioning of your machine. Homemade grids really don't work. Placement grids are really the only way to truly center a design. Now I'm not saying I use mine for everything I embroider....I've done enough towels, names on polo shirts, jackets, etc. that I can pretty much eyeball it. That said, if I lost or broke one of mine I would want a replacement.

I would call around to a few different Brother and BabyLock dealers to see if they have any in stock. Ask for their service department if the sales staff doesn't seem to know, these are usually purchased as parts by the dealer and not as retail stock.

RipStitcher, it may be as cost effective for your friend to purchase a new hoop instead of trying to find a grid. The genuine Brother hoops are $50+ for a 5x7, however there are many generic after-market hoops that work perfectly. Elipse is one and is sold on eBay and, I think Allbrands and a couple of other online dealers. Also, Radiant Threads, which sells exclusively through eBay, carries "same as" hoops for $30 or less.

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