Bernina Mega Hoop

At last I have found the time and drummed up the courage to play with the Bernina Mega Hoop that I bought for myself at Christmas. Each time that I had looked at it since Christmas I had put it away again and decided that it was to stay in the “too hard” basket for now. Then my neighbour forced my hand and asked me if I would embroider some pillowcases for her grand-daughters like I had embroidered them some years ago! Well, this was the perfect opportunity to drag my new hoop out “kicking and screaming” and sit down and try and use it. It’s always a bit nerve-wracking trying something new, isn’t it? And especially when someone asks you to emboider something for them. However I did think that this was the prefect opportunity to get over my jitters and have a play with the hoop.

I had no idea how the design would work in the hoop and even how the machine would treat the design. Of course I always use the Embird software to create my designs – not Bernina software – so I wasn’t sure how nicely that Embird and Bernina would “play” together! But I don’t know why I was even worried as it all went off perfectly well.

I had chosen a wet and miserable day to lock myself in my sewing room to experiment with the Mega Hoop. I prepared one of the neighbours grand-daughters names and merged designs to the name I was embroidering to “pretty it up”. Then, using Embird, I saved the design ( I didn’t have to split if for the Mega-Hoop) and wrote it to my Bernina USB stick  using the EXP format. I popped the USB stick in my Bernina, switched it all on, popped the hoop on the machine and there was my design – as large as life – all ready to go. Wow – that worked! Sound surprised, don’t I? Well, I was a little surprised that it would all appear on my 730 so easily.

Then I pulled the hoop off the machine and hooped the pillowcase. I did have to unpick the pillowcase on one side so that I could embroider along the top of the pillowcase rather than along one edge – but stitching it up again later would be really easy.

Here’s the pillowcase hooped up and ready to go. The Megahoop hoop has three positions to it. Position 1, position 2 and position 3. Position 1 is the top position, position 2 is the middle position and position 3 is the bottom position.

When a Mega hoop embroidery is selected and ready to go the machine asks you to slide the hoop into the position noted on the screen. It’s just a matter of lifting a little lever and sliding the frame into the position required until it clicks into position. Then the machine asks you to confirm that the position is correct and you then press the Start button again to start embroidering.

Once the embroidery is completed in that area the machine stops and asks you to move the hoop to the next position. So easy! Move the lever and slide the hoop into the next position. Confirm that the next position is correct and select OK. Press Start again.


Follow along with the embroidery and move the hoop when required.


Continue by following the on-screen instructions until the embroidery is completed.



And then, at last, the finished project –


All that needs to be done now is to re-stitch the pillowcase and give it a press. I am now confident enough to do the second pillowcase!

My thoughts on the Megahoop – great! Very easy to use and with Embird it’s a doddle!!

My neighbour will be pleased I am sure. I have struck a deal with her. I will do her sewing if she will do my knitting. I have been knitting for the impending arrival of our new grand child but my “mouse” finger keeps getting stuck in a very crooked position when I am knitting and I keep having to straighten the finger out – not pleasant – and it takes the pleasure out of knitting. I think I have spent too long typing on my computers which has affected my finger. But Marie is happy to knit as she is happy to have me do her sewing repairs and alterations. This is a good deal as far as I am concerned, don’t you think?

But all in all, I think the Bernina Mega Hoop is a winner…..

38 Responses to “Bernina Mega Hoop”

  1. Ann says:

    Ok mine has been sitting fr almost two years. I got it out and finally figured out how to slide it. Oh my I felt so dumb. It has been stressing me for that long. Lol

  2. Carolyn says:

    Did you select the Mega Hoop at your machine? Does your machine need to be updated to accept the MegaHoop?

  3. Maxine Dean says:

    have mega hoop but I do not know how to get it to split a design, I thought it was supposed to split it for you. Thanks in advance maxine Dean
    according to a article by Faith Reynolds it quotes (If using the MEGA HOOP with the artista 200E the ARE ENGINE of the machine will automatically split the design into sections. I tried that today and got no results What am I doing wrong?

  4. Carolyn says:

    You’ll get instructions on the 730 screen to move the hoop. It just slides and clicks into the next position

  5. Carolyn says:

    No, its not, sorry

  6. Mary McCormick says:

    I have a bernina artista 200. It has a 730 flash drive so not sure if it is updated. I am having trouble trying to figure out how to move thr hoop position and is of no use. How do you change the hoop position?

  7. Sharon says:

    Is it possible to stitch a design that fills the entire hoop without having to slide it?

  8. Carolyn says:

    On the 730 screen there are multi directional arrows when you are in embroidery edit mode that makes your hoop move in any direction. Check your manual. There is a good description of the icons in there

  9. linda says:

    I have purchased a bernina 730 artista. I have been able to sew but not good at embrodering. Guess ill have to take a class.i have embrodered some things but unable to figure out how to move the hoop where I want it

  10. Carolyn says:

    You can do this in your software. Use the templates from the Mega Hoop to mark the designs on your fabric. Its a bit fussy but does work.

  11. Carolyn says:

    No, its not, sorry. Only the mega hoop which is the long hoop. I have another blog on the mega hoop

  12. Carolyn says:

    No, you wont be able to as the 340 has a completely different embroidery connection for the hoops

  13. Maxine Dean says:

    How to make a continious boarder like for a table cloth with the Mega hoop
    Thanks in advance Maxine Dean.

    Does anyone know how to do this??

  14. Carolina says:

    Dear All,

    Please advise would I be able to use the mega hoop on mu Deco 340


  15. Stelina says:

    Hi there,

    I’m considering buying the Bernina 730E but would like to use the largest Bernina hoop 350×400 (Jumbo hoop???). Is this hoop compatible with the 730E?
    Thank you

  16. Carolyn says:

    Yes, it does. I have used it on my 580 embroidery machine

  17. Pat Bevell says:

    Do you know if the Mega Hoop will work with
    A 580 machine? I am very interested.

  18. Carolyn says:

    You can use any hoop to embroider t-shirts. The most important thing to do is to both stabilise the fabric and hoop it correctly. And do not use designs that are very stitch dense otherwise you get a build up of stitches in areas and this makes a t-shirt not very comfy to wear plus you can get little holes from two many stitches in an area. Other than that go ahead – and good luck 🙂

  19. Vera Jones says:

    Reading your blog made me decide to buy a Mega Hoop for my Bernina aurora 430. You made it sound pretty easy to use. I would like to do t-shirts. Has anyone use the hoop to do this?

  20. Carolyn says:

    It sounds to me as if you haven’t moved the hoop into the right slot. Make sure that you are moving the hoop into the position that your machine advises.

  21. Hanlie says:

    Thank you!! at last I can now take mine out of the box!!

  22. Mary Janning says:

    I am monogramming the word Rebecca which is 12 inches long. When I got to the c it showed green to move the megahoop. That puts it in the wrong position. It seemed right but it will not finish. There is a warning sign and it still shows to move the hoop. Help

  23. Carolyn says:

    Thank you Mary. No, the lettering is actually an Embird Font

  24. Mary says:

    Just beautiful! Did you do the lettering with the 730’s font or some other, it’s so pretty!

  25. Carolyn says:

    Hi Rebecca,
    Sorry for the delay in answering you. 🙂 I have been very remiss!! No, I didn’t use those clips either. I didn’t feel I needed them. So it you’ve lost them I wouldn’t worry. You can always use shelf liner if you need a tighter fit anyway. As to my interfacing/stabiliser that I used, I feel that I would have used two layers of a medium weight tearaway. Thats what i usually use and then sometimes I also slip a piece of heavier almost paper feel stabiliser under as well, but in this case I doubt that I did. Just the two layers would have been enough…..

  26. Now I don’t feel so bad, after reading your post AND your comments! I also had a Mega Hoop sitting on my shelf IN its box for 5+ years because I was intimidated about the design splitting stuff. I just finally used the hoop for the first time now that I upgraded to the 7 series machine that reads the Mega hoop just like any other hoop (no design splitting or moving from one position to the next required). I wish I had tried it with my old 200E/730E machine!

    Question: did you use those little clip things that came with the hoop? I couldn’t figure out what they were for originally, now I can’t find them, but I just saw on the Bernina USA Blog in their “Mega Hoop Tips” that these clips go on after you hoop your fabric and they are supposed to “further secure your fabric.” They looked like little gray plastic wish bones. As soon as I saw them in the little Bernina illustration I immediately recognized them and knew they were LONG GONE… 🙁

    That pillowcase looks gorgeous, by the way. Would you mind sharing what combination of interfacing and/or stabilizers you use to get such lovely results with the lightweight sheeting fabric? I always struggle with puckering when I embroider lightweight wovens.

    Thanks for sharing your project. Your neighbor is lucky!

  27. Carolyn says:

    Hi Terry Ann
    The little lever that I refer to is actually the two little squeezy bits on the hoop itself. Just squeeze them together without lifting the hoop and then gently slide the hoop into the next position until you hear a wee click. Then give the hoop a very gentle tug to make sure that it has locked itself into the correct position. Once that you’ve done it once you’ll be fine.

  28. Terry Ann says:

    Thank you for this tutorial. I have a 730e and a megahoop I’ve been playing with, but can’t figure out how to move from position 1 to position 3. Where is the “little lever” you referred to? Is it on the moving arm of the module?

    Thanks so very much!

  29. Carolyn says:

    You can buy a Mega-hoop from your Bernina dealer or perhaps off Ebay if someone has one for sale. I bought mine from my Bernina dealer. Yes, it does work on the Bernina 730 as I have this machine as well, and that is what I bought the Mega Hoop for. It works very well. I am impressed by it.

  30. katie says:

    where can I purchase the mega hoop and will it work on my 730 embroidery machine

  31. judith says:

    thanks! I now know I want the mega hoop. I was a bit worried about sewing it in three parts and so…

  32. bubbles says:

    I just started using my megahoop and ran out of bobbin thread. Is there a way to change the thread without having to move through all the previous stitches?

  33. Carolyn says:

    Hi Robin,
    Yes, as long as the designs fit within the MegaHoop area you will be able to stitch the designs without a worry. On my 730 the machine did all the work. I did not have to worry splitting the designs. The machine stops and tells you to slide the hoop to the next position. It was so easy and everything matched up perfectly. Get that hoop out and have a go, won’t you. 🙂
    I use Embird 2010 and it’s available at the Secrets of Embroidery web-site.

  34. Carolyn says:

    Hi Trisch,
    The font I used was an Embird alphabet number 38. Yes, it is really pretty. I enjoyed using it. I was pleased with the result.

  35. What a pretty font! Can you please tell me what it is?
    I have had my mega hoop now for a couple of years and it’s almost become a standard option with me! I just wish it was a bit wider … but I see you have a blog on the magna hoop – I’m off to read that now!
    Thanks for the information.
    Trisch from Sunny South Africa!

  36. Robin says:

    Loved that you showed how to use that hoop. Mine has been sitting in the box a long time. Does that mean I can take a design and copy and past as much as I want as long as it will work within the hoop.
    What embird do you use. Never tried it.

    Thanks for sharing.


  37. Carolyn says:

    Gosh Allen, I agree. I certainly wouldn’t want to buy one again either if it was just for a replacement part as they are pricey. However I was really surprised how easy it was to use. I have used other “multi-hoops” in the past and none of them have been as easy as the Bernina one was to use. I was impressed. Thanks for your input as well. It will remind me to take special care of my hoop as I wouldn’t want to be looking for replacement parts for it – especially here in New Zealand.

  38. Allen Duhon says:

    I’ve had a mega hoop since I bought my 200/730 about 2 years ago. I was never one to be afraid to try things, so I tried it out immediately. I love it. I had to do a border on a christening gown for one of my cousins and it worked wonderful, not so many hoopings to do. I recently broke it and called all over for a replacement part, but no luck. I posted to the bernina numbered yahoo group and one of the ladies sold me hers for $30 as the outside hoop had become stretched and would no longer hold the fabric tight. I now have a working mega hoop again, but haven’t had a chance to use it yet. I did find one at a store in east texas that would sell it to me for around $150, but I didn’t want to buy a whole new hoop just to get the slider. I’m glad I didn’t cave and buy it anyway.
    Thanks for the story,

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