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free motion machine embroidery

ae50th | Posted in Equipment and Supplies on

Hi everyone!  I am a newbie to your site.  I would like to try some free motion machine embroidery.  I have read that you need a hoop that will fit under your presser foot.  I have 2 machines, a Brother Innovis and a Viking Lily.  Where would I find the kind of hoop I need for free motion using either or both machines?  I live in a rather “creative sewing deprived” community so have only Hancock Fabrics & Joann’s available locally for my sewing needs.  Neither of them have anything in stock other than hoops that are too thick to fit under my presser foot.  I look forward to your help and appreciate your assistance.  Thanks, ae50th (let’s sew 4ever!!!)


  1. mimi | | #1

    ae50th:  I beleive you can order Viking items from  Our local Viking dealer is located inside our Joann's store, perhaps your Joann's would order it from them?  I am located in Dover, Delaware.

    Hope this helps!



  2. suesew | | #2

    Are you sure the hoops that are available will not fit under your foot. Try taking the foot off the machine, putting the hoop under at an angle and then reattaching the foot. Also, Vikings often have an extra lift on the presser foot handle for raising the foot just a little bit higher.
    I actually do lots of free motion sewing without a hoop. It isn't always necessary.

    Edited 8/22/2005 8:19 pm ET by suesew

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