I have 2 of them--Bought the Monster Hoop by DIME. I have got to say, yes they are nice, but for the price you get a cheap paper measure to 'stick' onto the frame for lining up so I don't use that at all. 2nd, you have to be careful when you run out of bobbin and remove the hoop--the top piece of the hoop wants to move on your regardless of what is hooped, thin or thick fabrics. It makes your line up difficult and fussy to work with and get the needle back in the correct spot. I have bought extra magnets but really---for that price---you shouldn't have to buy anything extra at all. I know, realistically, you have to be able to get the hoop apart again but it isn't as strong as I expected--Packaging said 4 X's strength of first ones made. They must have been awful bad.
Thanks for your great comments, I’m still thinking as I would use them for towels. They are not cheap in the UK
I have found this post fascinating Caroline. I have heard of these hoops but I have never seen them here in SA. I would be worried about using something magnetic near my computerized machine.
I have had a magnetic hoop for little over a year and used for quilting and on heavy fabric. I find they are easier to use when hooping bulky items.
Thanks for posting this! I've been wondering about them too.
When my scissors or pins are close to my sewing machine, they get magnetized. I got a "demagnictizer" machine and it works perfectly. I got tired of picking up my scissors and have 5 pins stuck to it. It was cheap.
Well I have never heard of a demagnetiser so one learns something new each day
I have one for my Husqvarna and use it a lot for thick items and for quilting in the hoop. It is much easier than trying to hoop the quilt in the other hoop. It came with 4 magnets which provides good staying power, but I purchased an additional 4 for more security. As someone else said, it is a little more difficult ( takes more time) to hoop straight. Am thinking of getting one for my Babylock machine.
Thanks for your positive comments
Every time I’ve been to an event where the hoops are being sold, I discover that those who already own them either love them or hate them and there’s no in-between. So, I didn’t buy. That’s a lot to spend and maybe end up hating it.
I am one who hated. Total waste of good money!
I have a couple of them and really like using them as others have said especially for towels. Only negative I can think of is watch your fingers when you start using it for the first few times they grip fast so you need to concentrate. Ask me how I know? been there done that.
I have the 180x130 and just ordered a 4x4. Have not used yet but will let you know.
I love them and use them almost exclusively. The only downside is that the magnets used on Viking brand hoops are very strong (a good thing) but tend to be hard for me to separate if they get stuck together. Oh and your scissors are drawn to the magnets as well. But as I said you can't beat them especially for thick items like towels. Hugs. Nan
Exactly my 'negatives'. Sliding the magnets apart works better than trying to lift the upper one.
I use them a lot, I have the Monster hoops with 4x the holding power. I think most of them are that way now. There are various tutorials for using these hoops to quilt with. Sew Inspired by Bonnie has a good tutorial/video that shows you how to make templates to keep things straight. I have the 9½ x 14, 8x8, 5x7 and a 7x12. I like them very much and you learn as you go. I still have to "pinch", the corners of upper and lower hoop to make sure the top hoop doesn't slide, they can. I really like using them to "decorate" a large piece of fabric.
Thanks for your great comments
Learned something new: I did not know the Monster hoop had a lower and upper hoop. The Viking has just one and comes with 4 very strong magnets instead of an upper hoop.
I have a 130x180 magnetic hoop (for my Husqvarna Ruby).
it works great for all sorts of things, thin or thick, and does not cause 'hoop burn'.
* I find it a bit more difficult to 'hoop' a project straight, marking the vert and horizontal helps;
* when cutting threads in between colours my scissors are occasionally attracted to / caught by one of the magnets .
Thanks for your useful comments
I love mine but I had a lot of issue with the first one. There was a little tag on the plastic part of the connection that messed up my machine.
If their is no defect they are so much easier to hoop. Love them specially when it comes to hooping quilts
Which ones do you have?
I have a 5 x 7 and an 8 x 8 for my Babylock machine. Changing bobbins is where my problems lie. You have to remove the hoop from your mechanism. To do this be very careful and grab only the bottom to pull out. The top, even though it is purported to be 4 X's the strength [Monster Hoops] the top slides if you touch it and for me [my experience] it moves my embroidery piece and I have to fiddle quite a while to get the needle point back where it is supposed to fall and make sure my design fabric did not skew. I like it, I would buy it, but be careful. I made my own center marking using a permanent magic marker. Really--it could have been designs by imprinting the top of the hoop and/or bottom with these measurements. Paper stick on-how long do you think that will last??
I usually hold both pieces together when removing it from the frame.