Embroidery Hoop Sizes Chart (in, mm) + Explanations!

Decoding the Mystery of Embroidery Hoop Sizes

Master Embroidery: Ultimate Hoop Size Guide & Tips (Inches & MM)

Embroidery machines often come with hoop specifications. These specs can give a hint about the maximum design size the machine can handle. However, for those just starting out, the world of hoop sizing might feel like a maze!

Ever wondered why the physical size of the hoop and its name don’t match? Or why dimensions are given in both millimeters and inches? Fret not! I’m here to shed light on these details. Plus, I’ve prepared a handy chart that you can keep next to your machine for easy reference.

Understanding the Hoop Size and Stitching Area

Embroidery hoops have both a physical size and a stitching area. For instance, a hoop named 4″x4″ might physically measure around 5.5″x7″. The reason for this difference is to allow room for the machine’s foot and needle to operate without constraints.

Often, when you measure the actual stitching grid, it might be slightly smaller than its named size. For example, a 4″x4″ grid might genuinely measure 3.93″x3.93″. This space indicates the maximum design area for that hoop.

And here’s a surprise! Sometimes, the embroidery field might be slightly larger than the named hoop size. Always measure your hoop or consult your machine’s manual for precise dimensions.

Variety in Hoop Sizes

While a machine may have a maximum hoop size, it can still work with different sized hoops. You might use a smaller hoop for tinier designs or even larger ones with specialized functions. For instance, some larger hoops allow stitching of split designs in multiple passes.

Choosing the Right Hoop Size for Your Needs

If you’re in the market for an embroidery machine, consider the hoop size. Machines with expansive embroidery areas offer more design flexibility but might be pricier. Think about your embroidery ambitions. If you’re mostly into smaller designs or have budget constraints, a machine with a 4″x4″ hoop might be perfect!

Handy Embroidery Hoop Size Conversion Table

Brand Common Hoop Sizes Popular Machine Models
Brother 4″x4″, 5″x7″, 6″x10″, 8″x8″, 8″x12″, 8″x14″, 9.5″x14″, 10 5/8″x16″ SE600, PE800, NQ1600E, PRS100, VM5200, PR1055X, XE1, Luminaire XP2
Janome 5″x5″, 6.7″x7.9″, 7.9″x7.9″, 7.9″x9.4″, 7.9″x11″, 7.9″x14.2″, 9.1″x11.8″, 11.3″x18.2″ MC230E, Skyline S9, MC400E, MB-7, MC500E, MC550E, MC15000, Continental M17
Baby Lock 4″x4″, 5″x7″, 6.25″x10.25″, 8″x8″, 8″x12″, 9.5″x14″, 10 5/8″x16″ Verve, Accord, Aventura II, Alliance, Aerial, Altair, Solaris 1


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