One of the advantages of a bigger hoop is that you can easily create stunning borders.
Your embroidery machine dictates the size of the hoops that you can use and the size of the hoops determines which designs you can embroider. Bigger hoops produce larger designs and more sophisticated projects.
Hoop sizes vary from 4×4 on up to nearly 10×14 and beyond. While you can certainly stitch many borders in a 4×4 hoop, it may require several hoopings to stitch the desired length. The larger your hoop, the easier it is to stitch out beautiful borders.
Continuous border hoops and magnetic hoops can make rehooping and positioning fabric easier, especially when embroidering long edges like table and bed linens.
Edging like the Vintage Broderie Anglaise Lace Set 6 from Embroidery Weekly is also digitized for the 5×7 hoop. You can position two of the designs end to end in a 240×360 hoop. That cuts rehooping in half.
This gorgeous Cutwork Pillow Border Project from Into Embroidery is digitized for the 6×8 hoop. It is ideal for creating heirloom edges on not only pillows, but also bedding, table ware, and even jackets. Get it for just $1 until the end of the month when the shop closes.
Want to try your hand at continuous borders? Learn from an expert! This tutorial by Pamela Cox is just $1 until the end of the month. The designs she uses in the tutorial, Heartsease 1 from Graceful Embroidery, are digitized for the 4×4 hoop and are also just $1. You can Pamelaâ€™s technique with any designs suitable for borders.