Creating large designs requiring multiple hoops sounds daunting, but it's not as tricky as you think with Hatch Embroidery.
Below you will find fantastic references, a detailed example walking you through the process as well as a great video our team created.
Give it a go and surprise yourself!
References in our online documentation can be found here:
PDF to download with more information
Video on stitch out multi-hooping
Additional tips for sewing out.
Turn on: Add registration marks on output (I usually use Medium setting for the margin) before you go into the Multi-hooping toolbox
- To find this: Click on Embroidery Settings Menu > Multi-Hooping tab
- Check “Add registration marks on output" > select Margin
Tips: To change the margin, click "Multi-hooping Options" in the Multi-hooping Toolbar.
You MUST change or set the registration marks "on" before you start the multi-hooping process. If not, you will have to start over after you make changes.
NOTE: on Margins of the Registration Marks:
The margin refers to how close to the hoop the registration marks will be placed.
Large margin will be further from the hoop edge. (large margin)
Small margin will be closer to the hoop edge (small margin)
Tip: Small margins can cause you to have more hoopings depending on the design. Therefore, if your fell there are too many hoopings, you can try to use large margin
For more information on setting margins check the online documentation:
Click on the Multi-Hooping toolbox
Create your multi-hooping as per the instructions in the online documentation
When multi-hooping is complete > click on Calculate Hoopings
Click on Output toolbox
FIRST: Click "Save Design As" and save as .EMB
SECOND: Click "Export Design" and save to your desired machine format. It will split the designs into the required hoopings. Each hooping will have a number at the end to show the order to stitch out.
Now you are ready to stitch your design.
I prefer to use sticky back stabilizer as it makes the process easier and faster. There are many on the market. I personally use Stabil-Stick stabilizer so I will give you the directions for using this.
Get ready for the 1st hooping:
- Hoop the sticky stabilizer (do not hoop the fabric for your design)
- Now lay your fabric to the sticky stabilizer
- Stitch your first design
- At the end of the design, the last color stitched will be the “registration marks” that you will use for the next hooping.
- Remove from the hoop and remove the stabilizer.
Now for the 2nd hooping
6. Hoop the sticky stabilizer (do not hoop the fabric for your design)
7. Stitch the 1st color. This will be registration marks. You will stitch this on the stabilizer only!
8. Line up the marks from the 1st hooping with these. (See picture below)
9. Stitch the 2nd hooping
If you have additional hoopings continue as above, matching the registration marks.
Below are some images.
In this example, I will have two hoopings for this cake. The first hooping is shown in the red hoop. The second hooping is shown in the blue hoop.
Notice it stitched 2 registration marks at the end of the design. (Shown in red)
The first color you stitch in the next hooping will be the registration marks. They will line up with the red marks above.
Here is a tip for lining them up perfectly.
See step 8 above.
Your stitches will line up perfectly!
Video on stitch out your multi-hooping