by pennyhal2 21 Jul 2017

I want to try to do multiple hooping to make a quilt. It seem that when I do embroidery with batting in it, even with a cutaway stabilizer, the embroidery takes up space and shrinks the fabric a little. I'm concerned about getting the merged parts to line up perfectly. Would appreciate any hints anyone has for me! Sometimes it better for me to ask for advice before I start something new.


by graceandham 27 Jul 2017

One more thought - use washaway stabilizer. It is thin and sturdy and will leave you with a softer quilt when you are finished and wash it.

by rachap 25 Jul 2017

I have found that I do better without using the stabilizer if I have the quilt sandwich (quilt block-batting-backing). There is a stabilizer especially for quilt in the hoop on the market that combines batting and stabilizer, something like Battilizer?? It is from Hoop Sisters.

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pennyhal2 by pennyhal2 27 Jul 2017

I looked it up and it was interesting stuff. I need to do some trial stitchouts.

by dragonflyer 24 Jul 2017

I always cut my blocks larger than they will finish at and like Angie, square them up after they are embroidered...If you have software, you can add alignment marks (last thing you stitch) in the first hooping and alignment marks (first thing to stitch) in the second hooping. It will help you align the second hooping with the first and the needle drops should be exactly the same when you stitch the second hooping alignment marks...hope this makes sense...Unless you have a BabyLock or Brother with the camera scanner....than it is easy peasy!

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pennyhal2 by pennyhal2 25 Jul 2017

Thanks for the detailed info. Adding those crosshairs will solve my problem and I never thought to do that. I think my software can do that for me. I do have a Babylock...but did not get the one with a camera. I have a rule that I only buy dogs and sewing machines that I can lift and those Babylocks can get really heavy!

by jerrib 21 Jul 2017

I might not be understanding your problem, but I would baste everything before I do any embroidery. I always use WSS on 99% of my embroidery with no problems.
I hope this might help you.

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pennyhal2 by pennyhal2 22 Jul 2017

I'm hoping to make individual 12" blocks, but my hoop isn't big enough. So I'll need to rehoop the block to stitch the other half. My hoops are long enough, but not wide enough. I don't know how to do this so the sides line up perfectly.

by sewist1 21 Jul 2017

I agree with crafter. I think people cut the squares too small in the beginning - trying to save on fabric and that is where they strike problems.

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pennyhal2 by pennyhal2 22 Jul 2017

Thanks! The more fabric the better!

by crafter2243 Moderator 21 Jul 2017

So much depends on the design. If I make individual blocks I cut them bigger then the final size that I need and square up after the embroidery has been done

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jrob by jrob 24 Jul 2017

That's what I do also.

by graceandham 21 Jul 2017

My best advice, and the only method I've tried, with success, is to purchase Anita Goodesign quilt sets. They stitch out beautifully and there are perfect instructions on how to stabilize with minimum thickness. Have fun.

pcteddyb by pcteddyb 21 Jul 2017

I have used their designs too. I saw a suggestion to do the basting using a wash-away thread in case you are a little off on putting them together. I will try this next time.

pennyhal2 by pennyhal2 22 Jul 2017

Thanks! That site has great designs.