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Date: 12/3/12 2:34 PM

Hello. It has been a long time since I've been to the forum. I have an old Pfaff 1222e that I've been using on and off over the years, mainly to make the kids' Halloween costumes because that's the only time of year I can carve out time to sew! I plan to make some bags to give out as Christmas gifts this year and would like to add a personal touch by monogramming initials. I've never monogrammed before. I was planning to draw simple lettering and use one of the decorative stitch options, with stabilizer on the back. But I've been reading that you need an embroidery hoop for monogramming. Can someone explain to me what the embroidery hoop does and do I really need it? Thank you!!!

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Date: 12/3/12 4:51 PM

Today there are machines that do professional style embroidery and they all come with hoops. Is your machine a conventional machine or one made to do embroidery such as script monograms, Disney designs, laces, and such or does it just have decorative stitches?

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Date: 12/3/12 4:59 PM

Mine has decorative stitches, that is all. It is quite an old machine. It's handed down from my husband's grandmother, I think made in the 1980's. It sews beautifully but doesn't have programmable embroidery options. So I would basically have to free hand.

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Date: 12/3/12 6:40 PM

A hoop would help to keep the fabric taut while the stitching is being done.

Why not do an applique monogram and satin stitch (close zig-zag stitch) around the edges.

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Date: 12/3/12 7:16 PM

You can do the embroidery without a hoop but one will keep the fabric taut. You would use a hand embroidery hoop putting the fabric over the outside/larger hoop, then put the inside/smaller ring into it, the opposite of what you would do for hand embroidery. Check your manual as it might detail that in there.

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Date: 12/3/12 9:23 PM

Thanks for the replies! I hadn't thought of appliques. That may be a simpler option. Thanks!

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