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5 Preparation Tips to Beautiful EmbrodiaBlocks

Sometimes the simplest of things can make a big difference. Here are 5 tips to consider prior to starting your quilt-in-the-hoop project. 

1). Read your instructions! We walk you through the process step-by-step and even give you helpful hints such as when it will be a good time to turn your automatic thread cutter off and more. 

2). Start with a fresh spool of thread. We recommend a good quality polyester embroidery thread such as: Robison Anton, Mettler and Madeira. Using an older spool of thread can cause thread breakage. 

3). Start with a new needle. A new needle will allow you to avoid thread breakage, loopy stitches, large holes in your fabric and other yucky problems! 

4). Consider using a product like HoopGrip to help prevent any shifting in the hoop. You would be amazed at how a simple bump of your hoop (one you may not even be aware of) can move the design. HoopGrip helps grip the Battilizer in the hoop and hold it in place for a beautiful outcome. 

5).  Use the Hoop Size that is closest to the Block Size you are making. For example: if you're making a 5" block, do not use a hoop that you could make a 9" block in. This will help prevent shifting in the hoop. Use a smaller hoop size that fits your block more closely. 

Did you know that design files can also be susceptible to becoming corrupt when transferring? If something just doesn't seem right it is always a good idea to delete the files from your machine and transfer device, go back to the original file and attempt the transfer again. You would be surprised at how often this is a fix!

Also, see "Exploding Embroidery Myths" by Lindee Goodall for 20 Myths about embroidery and digitizing.