Embroidery Hoop Sizes are a Conspiracy to Sell Stabilizer

Embroidery Hoop Sizes are a Conspiracy to Sell Stabilizer

Or it at least *seems* like it!   Showing a 5×7″ hoop and a 4×4″ hoop, next to a roll of Babylock stabilizer illustrates how much stabilizer you need to cut for either of these hoops:

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These are the hoops for my Babylock Ellisimo Gold.

If you measure the sides, and I’m extra careful to not be wasteful, you can see it takes about 8.5″ of stabilizer to hoop up the 5×7″ hoop, and still takes at least 7″ to hoop up the 4×4″ hoop – based on the 11.5″ wide roll of Babylock brand stabilizers.

The 5×7″ hoop only needs 1.5″ more of stabilizer off the roll to work over choosing a 4×4″ hoop – if given the choice, that is.

Flipping the 4x4" hoop, in attempts to be able to cut two pieces side to side from the roll of stabilizer, won't work.
Flipping the 4×4″ hoop, in attempts to be able to cut two pieces side to side from the roll of stabilizer, won’t work.

Even using the 4×4″, there’s no cutting two pieces side by side in order to save over the long haul… because the roll is a little less than 12″ wide, and each width – even for the 4×4″ hoop – needs 7″.    Bummer.

Now I realize that the foot needs to move around in the hoop… and that there needs to be room for basting, etc… but really?!?!?

This sounds kinda petty… but with some stabilizers having a regular price of upwards of $30 a roll, I want to make my rolls last as long as I can!

Another sewing friend recommended ~~~this brand~~~ .  She said it’s the same stuff as the Babylock brand that I’ve been buying.   By reading the reviews, that seems to be the case.   So as soon as I’m running low, I’m going to try this stuff next.  🙂