How to Cut Fabric Within the Hoop

When cutting fabric within the hoop whether it is for Appliqué, Hardanger or Cutwork you must be careful not to push on the fabric in the hoop or the design will lose registration. In other words, if you are trimming fabric within the hoop and press on the fabric enough to loosen the fabric in the hoop as small as 2mm (that’s not much), when you put the hoop back onto the machine the rest of the design will not sew where it is supposed to and the satin stitches that are supposed to cover the raw edges of the fabric may not cover it very well. The following technique will help you minimize that happening to your embroidery.

After the cut-line is sewn, remove the hoop from the machine. DO NOT remove the fabric from the hoop. Lay the hoop flat onto the table.

Keep the hoop flat on the table the whole time you are cutting. Rotate the hoop as needed. I know it is tempting to put your finger under the hoop, but don't do it!

Use small curved scissors that are very sharp to cut away the fabric. The should cut all the way through the tip. Thread snips are not appropriate for trimming fabric.

Cut away the fabric where directed by the document that came with your embroidery design(s).  Depending on the design, it may be inside or outside the cut-lines or both.

If cutting away fabric for Cutwork or Hardanger be sure not to cut the water soluble stabilizer. Cut only the fabric. If you do cut the stabilizer add another layer under the hoop to sew the rest of the design.

Hoop Grip is a product I use on my hoops to prevent the fabric from slipping between the hoops. It holds the fabric taut within the hoop.

Apply it to the outside edge of the inside hoop. It is easy to apply and it lasts a long time with regular use.


These are two examples where fabric is cut away inside and outside the cut-lines. These are free standing hardanger designs.

Cutwork designs most likely are cut out from the center area only.

Appliqué designs most likely maintain the background fabric and the appliqué fabric is what is cut out.

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