I just received my delivery of 30 hoops for the next Children's Class and they are all the wrong size!
Not by much but I have already cut all the cardboard circles to fit in the back of the stitching.
The other thing that is different is the screw fits a Phillips Head Screwdriver. I will have to get one of those. So another order has gone in for the right size. Good thing they are cheap. (about .95c each) I think I will include them with the bigger decoration just in case there are students that can't handle the assemble of the two circles.
I tried lots of different ways to sew those cardboard circles together. There always seems to be more work in the finishing than in the actual embroidery. Wish I had a little elf who sewed them together over night for me. Because the stitching is laced together it is helpful, (but not absolutely necessary) that the length of the stitches on each piece is about the same. If you can make them 'exactly' the same the finish is super neat. But kids and exactness do not always go together.
So here are three tips that I have found will help.
- When marking the outside of the stitching circle do this using some dressmaking carbon paper. ( I like the Clover brand because you get a clean mark,) and a dressmakers tracing wheel. You can usually find these in the haberdashery section, but you might have to ask.
2. Sew around the marked circle with your sewing machine using a large needle and a thick thread. When it is time to stitch you can remove the thread and use to holes left as a guide.
3. If you wind a thicker thread onto a bobbin and sew on the wrong side the machine couches the thread in position.
I use Razzle from Wonderfil which is a thick rayon thread. This is about the maximum weight that you can use in your bobbin on a Bernina machine, some other brands will take a bit heavier.
You can then whip this, just make sure you tie off the ends so that when you pull on it it doesn't come undone.