Hooping a T-Shirt
Here are the steps to follow when hooping pre-constructed articles such as t-shirts, blouses, or other garments.
- Mark the desired placement of the embroidery design on your t-shirt.
- Turn the t-shirt inside out and lay it flat on your work surface, with the wrong side of the embroidery area facing up.
- Lightly spray a piece of cutaway stabilizer with temporary adhesive spray and adhere it to the back of the fabric in the embroidery area. If an additional layer of stabilizer is needed, adhere the two layers together with temporary adhesive spray.
- Keeping the t-shirt turned inside out, flip it over so that the stabilized area lies flat on your work surface.
- Place the outer ring of the hoop on a flat surface.
- Gather the fabric from the bottom of the t-shirt to expose the embroidery area.
- Insert the hoop's plastic template inside the inner ring. Position the inner ring of the hoop over the fabric, aligning the hoop's center with the center lines on the fabric.
- Gather the fabric and stabilizer in your hands so that you can pick up the inner ring, ensuring the area remains centered in the hoop.
- Position the inner ring into the outer ring, pressing the fabric flush against the work surface as you do so. Gently smooth out any wrinkles from the fabric and tighten the screw.
- Push the inner ring down slightly so that it sits just a bit lower than the outer ring.
- If your fabric is a knit or has a textured surface, cut a piece of AquaFilm topping and place it over the hooped fabric. The AquaFilm does not need to be hooped with the fabric but should be secured. You can use painter's tape to hold the edges or moisten your finger and then moisten the corners of the AquaFilm before placing it over the fabric.
- The hooped fabric is now ready to be placed onto the embroidery machine for stitching.