• Lori Anne Parker-Danley posted an update in the group Group logo of EGA Discussion GroupEGA Discussion Group 9 months, 2 weeks ago

    Hello! I’m still pretty new, so I don’t know if this is the place to ask such questions, but I’ll go ahead! For the most part, I am switching over to scroll frames since some of my work is larger than standard hoops and also to avoid hoop marks. That said, I have a piece that I’ve worked on with a hoop. I can’t get rid of the hoop marks now. It’s making me crazy. I can’t get the entire piece wet as some threads may bleed. Any suggestions? And in the future, if I need to use a traditional hoop, what are ways to prevent marks? Thanks in advance! Lori Anne

    • There is a product called Amodex, available at Lowes, that will take out just about any stain. If you can get the stained circle wet without harming the design, apply the Amodex and rub in just a bit. A little goes a long way. Let sit (follow instructions on package). Carefully rinse off the area away from the design, and let dry. You may have to repeat, if the stain has been on there awhile.
      As to in the future with hoops – you can try switching to plastic ones (available at Joann’s and Michaels), or even try stitching “in hand.” For any hoop – make sure you take it off each time you’re finished stitching, even if you think you’ll be right back to it. Sometimes those “I’ll get right back to this project” turn into years!

    • Lori Anne: Another way to minimize the risk of your wooden hoops marking your fabric is to bind the hoop – go to Mary Corbet’s article of 30 July 2009 (https://www.needlenthread.com/2009/07/tutorial-binding-embroidery-hoop.html) for her excellent, detailed, and illustrated “Tutorial: Binding an Embroidery Hoop.” Janet

    • Thank you! This is good information to know. I realize I should have been more clear in my question. It’s not a stain I am dealing with, but the remaining “indents” from the hoops! No matter how much a iron, they keep popping back out. Like a permanent hoop wrinkle. 🙂

    • Hi Janet, Thank you! I think I should be calling it a hoop wrinkle instead of a mark! It’s actually not a stain, but the raised area from the hoop that keeps coming back. I will check out Corbet’s article. I love her site. Maybe that will work. I iron, but it seems to pop right back. Maybe taking it to be professionally steamed/dry cleaned would work.

    • Lori I use a product by Clover called a Fabric Folding Pen, it works well on all types of fabric and is easy to use. I first used it to remove the fold lines of fabric I had store for more then 10 years and I have used it many times to remove those pesky hoop wrinkles. I hope this helps you.

    • Hey there! I’m just now seeing this: thank you for this tip! I did discover that if I allowed the fabric to completely cool after ironing before I touched it, that helped. So iron flat, walk away, make tea, and then and only then, even think about moving the fabric! 🙂 I’ll check out the clover pen as well.