The hoop talk: all about size – or the right size for you

How to find the perfect size of embroidery hoop for you?

Embroidery hoops come in various sizes. As a beginner and even later on it is likely you’ll end up using the same hoop sizes over and over again.

These sizes vary from person to person. It depends on how comfortable you can hold the hoop while stitching and if you prefer stretching your fingers or clinging them to the frame. Nevertheless there is a rule of thumb to identify the biggest size you can comfortably hold.

Get a ruler and measure the distance between your thumb and your middle finger. This is the distance you can reach with your hands to the middle of your embroidery hoop. Since most embroidery patterns are centered in the frame, this is where you’ll probably do most of your stitching. If you can’t reach this area comfortably, your hands will ache sooner or later.


So measure your hand like in the picture, double the number and that’s the size which is reachable at any point for your fingers.

If you are still insecure about which size to get, I use these two sizes most of the time: 15cm / 6inch and 23cm / 9inch


If you want to know more about embroidery hoops check out my previous post about finding a good hoop in an ocean of bad hoops.



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