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How To Easily Fix Hoop Burn In Machine Embroidery

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What Is Hoop Burn?

Hoop burn is the unpleasant shiny marks on a piece of cloth that has been hooped by using compression hoops with the tension screw. The burned cloth will have a mark on the hoop shape, which was caused by the friction and compression from the hoop halves.  

In this phase, you may be far more hopeless, but we can virtually save all your custom embroidery projects.

How To Remove Hoop Burn In Machine Embroidery 

In all virtual cases, you can either remove or lessen hoop burn at the very least.

Here are some of the great solutions that we have found for you.

  • Water/Steam Spray: We remove the air and water from most of the hoop-burned clothes, and often quick steam with a fabric steamer or a steam iron or sprinkle of water from a spray bottle will rehydrate the cloth fibers. Also, it is often helpful to brush the damp (but not wet) cloth lightly with a soft brush. 


  • Laundry: A trip through the washer for those apparel that can be laundered will remove hoop burn and leave your apparel fresh. 
  • Vinegar: It is a domestic cleaner that is often underused and misunderstood. You can use a dilute solution, lightly spray on every cloth (except rayon), and then steam with a steamer. Also, test natural fabric in an area you can’t see to make sure there is no color damage. In the end, wash your apparel and your set! 
  • Lint Brush: For fabrics like terry or velvet, the excellent method is often to use a sticky roller or lint brush to improve those fibers and hoops. 
  • Spray Starch: Spray starch can also help to rehydrate dry, droopy fibers. 

The above methods will not be much helpful for non-washable clothes or surfaces such as vinyl or leather. That is why, here we will also explain how to avoid hoop burn on them.

We suggest that you test any treatments on an outer corner of your apparel or stitching to ensure they are color-fast. Also, they can be treated with water.

How To Avoid Hoop Burn In Machine Embroidery 

This is the question we all have almost in our minds. “I don’t want hoop burn, so how can I avoid it?” 

If you need to keep using your current tension hoops, the biggest help will not be in over-tightening your hoop. This might sound difficult, but how will you know “when tight is tight enough”?  

Some things can reduce hoop burn damage. Keep in mind that these methods are not a panacea, but they will make your custom embroidery projects smooth and un-damaged.

  • Magnetic Hoops

Magnetic hoops are much easier to use and reduce the marks on cloth. They come with a bottom and top, which have very powerful magnets embedded in them.  

You must be cautious when handling these magnet hoops because if you snap your fingers between them, they will certainly leave a mark. Another caution is for pacemaker patients – The magnet is quite strong to disrupt your device. So, you should not use it. 

  • Floating In Machine

Floating is a hooping method that works well for small projects such as light fabrics or in-the-hoop. In brief, you hoop a stabilizer piece, then baste with stitching or spray the fabric you are embroidering

This method is not recommended for hoodies, shirts, blankets, etc. Because they are large and will shift during embroidery. However, floating is helpful in that you are actually never hooping your cloth and therefore, can’t damage it. 

  • Masking Fabric

You can create a mask like a mat in an image frame to prevent your sensitive fabrics (suede, leather, silk, velvet, etc.) from hoop burn. With velvet fabric, which has a nap, take an additional piece of the same fabric and lay down the nap side so you are nap to nap. This gives a cushion and provides the hoop with a good grip.

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