A Guide on How to Bind an Embroidery Hoop

A Guide on How to Bind an Embroidery Hoop

Do you ever get stuck while you are stitching, and suddenly you realize that the fabric has lost its grip? Moreover, the tension is also not even. To overcome this hurdle, embroidery is the solution. Although some hoops are better than the others, even the most basic hoop can hold your fabric evenly when you add a binding.

Some stitchers and embroidery digitizers customize the surface of their hoops with some wrapping for decorative purposes like painting hoops, but binding a hoop is like doing an equivalent task with a hidden purpose.

The cushioning is useful once you get to move your hoop around on a bigger piece, and therefore the hoop will re-evaluate the completed stitches. In these situations, wrapping both the hoops is usually a better idea.

While many stitchers prefer to buy costlier hoops to keep their fabric held tightly, it’s good to possess quick and straightforward hoops. This makes an easy wood hoop into a 

better-functioning tool. 

Materials You Will Need

  • Needle
  • Wrapping material
  • Instructions
  • Materials
  • Thread
  • Equipment / Tools
  • Wooden tambour

Choose a Wrapping Material

There are a couple of options to figure with when binding a hoop. 

Twill Tape: The Twill Tape material comes in several thicknesses and widths. Pip out in packages, on spools, or by the yard.

Bias Tape: Designed for dressmaking, this feature wraps easily around curves because the material is cut diagonally or on a bias. Bias tape also comes in several widths. It is thinner than most of the twill tape.

Fabric Strips: Similar to its name, the fabric strips are simply cutting fabric into narrow strips.

For smaller or thinner hoops, use 1/2- to 5/8-inch wide material and for larger or thick hoops, use 1-inch-wide binding material. Pure cotton is always best for a quality grip. The quantity needed will vary counting on the dimensions of the ring and, therefore, the width of the binding material.

Start Binding The Ring

Separate the two hoop pieces and put aside the outer hoop. Thread a needle with a sewing thread and knot the top. 

Begin wrapping the inner hoop by placing the tape’s fabric or top on the edge of an angle. Hold this in situ once you start wrapping.

Bonus TIp

You can glue the top to the ring or hold it with a clip, but it is not mandatory. Once the wrapping starts, it’ll overlap this unfinished project.

If you’re choosing to wrap the outer hoop too, the method for starting is the same. Begin to at least one side of the tightening screw.

Continue Wrapping The Hoop 

Wrap the tape or fabric over the hoop, overlapping the previous wrap by about half the size. Keep the binding tight, as sometimes it starts to loosen or form lumps, but as long as you hold it as you’re employed and await areas that require to be rewrapped, it’ll be fine. If this happens, unwrap it and check out again, and wrap a bit more tighter.

Bonus Tip

It is good to wrap the material on a spool or bundle it as you wrap. You need to bring it through the middle of the ring repeatedly.

If you are out of the tape or fabric and wish to start out another piece, hold the wrapped end in situ, then start wrapping with the subsequent piece till it overlaps and holds the top. If it is not holding tightly, secure the ends, then continue wrapping.

Stitching the End

When you reach the start of the binding, make sure that you have got enough of the wrapping material to completely cover the ring with some overlap. Trim the surplus off. Therefore the end is on the within of the ring and holds it firmly.

Stitch the top down with the needle and thread. Check the stitches, catch the tape’s fabric or top. If you’re using twill tape, it is also important that the stitches are far enough from the top in order that they don’t pull through the woven fibers. Stitch back and forth across the top, then secure it with a knot.

Using the Hoop

Your hoop is ready to use. If you wish to bind the outer hoop, you’ll need to use an extended tightening screw.

Once the binding is on your hoop, you should not replace or remove it for a while, and your fabric will hold well for lots of happy stitching.



This is all you may need to know about binding an embroidery hoop. Follow these steps carefully, and you are good to go. If you have any queries about the topic or anything related to custom digitizing in general, feel free to contact us at MigDigitizing. Our customer care team will be happy to assist you with your problem


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