Octi-Hoops are currently out of stock - this delay is expected to last into late March - Early April. Don't delay in ordering - orders are being filled, it's just taking longer than normal. Waiting to order will delay your shipment.
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View our Dragonfly Embroidery Video and others below to learn why so many sewing enthusiasts are so happy with their Octi-Hoops! If you've done Free-Form / Free-Motion Embroidery before, you know that your hands become sore, not with the Octi-Hoops! Your hands won't hurt, your eyes won't burn and you'll feel as though you've taken a vacation, because it releases endorphins that will make you want to stay at your machine for days!
What every Quilter and Embroidery Enthusiast Should Know!
Free motion quilting is no longer painful or damaging to your hands and spine because Clare Rowley has your health in mind when she creates all of her products. Be sure to watch all of the videos below to see why they are better for your health and why your work will be better than ever before!
Includes: 3 Octi-Hoop Frames, 2 Handles, 3 Stabilizer Samples, Instructions, Patterns for Embroidery and Quilting and Instructional DVD that works in your TV DVD Player and Computer DVD player.
Using the Octi-Hoops makes it easier to do any Free-Motion technique such as, Embroidery, stippling, quilting, darning, cutwork and more...
QUILTING with the OCTI-HOOPS
1) Lay your Quilt Sandwich beneath the sewing machine needle where you want to begin quilting.
2) Slide one of the 2 larger frames under the quilt (the bottom layer of the quilt is now lifted (floating) over the machine's feed dogs and throat plate area. You will NEVER have puckers on the back again!
If you can't drop your machine's feed dogs you can still use these hoops, simply set your stitch length on 0 and you will be shocked that they don't cause any problems, so everyone can play!
3) Place the next frame down (in size) on top and inside the bottom frame (( NOTE THERE IS NO STABILIZER ON THE QUILT)) and that is all that is needed to hold the quilt in place.
4) Remove your machine's foot and snap on assembly. REMOVE THE FOOT! NO FOOT IS USED! NO FOOT=NO PUCKERS ON TOP OF QULT - EVER!!!
5) Pick up one of the 2 green handles that came with your kit and pretend to write your name with it. Use left or right hand. You will move the quilt using this small handle and write on the quilt with the needle... but your mind will
Watch a live demonstration of the Octi-Hoops as Clare Rowley teaches her sister via video footage. Enjoy watching this candid lesson and learn the secrets that make using these hoops so easy and healthy Click here to watch!
View our Dragonfly Embroidery Video and learn why so many sewing enthusiasts are so happy with theirs!
Part 2 Octi-Hoops
Part 3 Octi-Hoops
INSTRUCTIONS AND PATTERNS
On full size Quilts
The handles drop in easily to each hole and come out just as easily, so you never risk lifting the frame as you embroider, which causes stitching issues and needle breakage with traditional embroidery hoops.
The Octi-Hoops are just under 12" - 9" -7"
First prepare your quilt - NO SAFETY PINS - Secure by using fusible interfacing on the top of the quilt and then spray the back of the batting with 3M Spray Mount for photos - to secure the back of the quilt.
Then you roll the quilt as you normally would but instead of using safety pins, use 8" elastic straps and a large safety pin every 6" down both sides of an 18" span (area you are going to quilt) As you move across the quilt you'll re-roll and re-secure the safety pins and elastic straps.
Use these straps of elastic to hold the quilt as you guide the quilt with the small handle on the top smaller frame 7"
Lay the bottom 9" frame under the quilt - then place the top 7" frame over the quilt and down inside the 9" frame. Once you've done this place one of the handles in the hole most comfortable for you to hold it like a pen. Once you have determined which hole is best for you, then grab the inside edge of the 7" frame and slide it over to the inside edge of the 9" lower frame. Bring the 7" frame's corner into the 9" frames corner. This locks the frames together without actually locking them at all and thus does not stretch the fabric at all.
DO NOT USE A FOOT on your sewing machine and if you have a computerized machine you simply want a straight stitch. Don't select Quilting within your computer or it will require a foot be attached.
As you hold the handle that feels like a pen, you should hold it very lightly (don't hold as tight as you would a pen) and move side to side ( Don't push down ) and also be sure that your elbows are down on the table or surface of machine at all times.
Failure to lower your arms will make this awkward and also cause you to get a back ache.
I hope this helps you in understanding why the Octi-Hoops are so popular :) there is no foot, so there is no puckers and you don't have to start at the middle and push puckers out. It allows you to use better posture so you don't get tired as fast as using other methods and your hands won't hurt because you don't hold the quilt.... instead you slide your hands into and underneath the elastic straps (Quiltets) and change to the next loops as you move up and down between the 2 rolls.
If you've used products like the Quilt Halo rings, you can easily see that this is much healthier for your hands and not needing a foot for free-motion quilting and stippling makes it easier to see.