Husqvarna Hoop Sizes and formats for embroidery

Husqvarna Hoop Sizes

Formats: VP3/VIP/HUS/DST/SHV

Husqvarna Hoop Sizes and formats

Before we actually speak about Husqvarna hoop sizes and formats for embroidery, let’s speak about the topic in general.

Why does the hoop size matter?

Information about hoop sizes is important when you are trying to “accommodate” a machine embroidery design in the hoop of your embroidery (sewing) machine. And while figuring it out one should take into account several things. Firstly, the size of the hoop is just a tag for their general categorization. Numbers given as “size” indicators for hoops doesn’t provide actual “physical” measurements for the sewing area within the hoop. This sewing area is usually smaller by few inches/millimeters than the indicated hoop size. Knowing this, it will be easier for you to find perfect match between size of the design and the hoop.  In general, you can embroider a design of a smaller size in the hoop of a bigger size but not vice versa. There’re programs, which could “break” the big design into smaller parts so that you could embroider each part with a small hoop. This however is a topic for another discussion, and for the purpose of this current one, we should keep with the general rule.

Bigger is not always better

Experienced embroiderers like to say that there can’t be too many hoops in one’s collection. Why so? Well, because better results come from the closest possible match between sizes of the hoops and designs. Why? The thing is in the tension that fabric gets while being hooped. As the needle puts much pressure on the hooped fabric while stitching, the center of the to-be-embroidered area will be more vulnerable to stretching. So, though it’s totally possible to embroidery small designs in large hoops, if perfection is your wish, use more compatible analogues.

Another thing with the size of hoops is that each embroidery machine can work only with the hoop sizes that are preset in its “brain”. It means that you can’t go and adjust just any hoop to your machine and expect it to stitch on. Not all machines are programmed to recognized and work with all sizes. This seeming inconvenience has to do with the “sewing field” limitation of each particular embroidery machine. In simple words it’s like protection for the hardware, installed by manufacturers. If there were no such thing and by mistake you put the wrong hoop, the needle could brake against its frame, causing other problems too. That is why it’s important to learn compatibility of your embroidery machine with hoops of different sizes.

Before getting a new machine embroidery design you must check your machine’s sewing field capacity. If, say, the design is larger than your machine can “handle”, it could fail to stitch it correctly or not recognize it at all. Some manufactures (and Husqvarna is one of them) offer upgradable software to some of their models. This means that an upgrade might “expand” the capacity of the embroidery machine to recognize and work with hoops of other sizes. So keep an eye on the updates, provided by manufacturers through their dealers or on their official sites.

Machine embroidery formats

Now that we have covered all the important info on hoops, let’s continue with the formats. The name “formats of machine embroidery” is pretty explanatory itself, so we don’t think anyone has any problems with figuring it out. But just in case… Format of machine embroidery design (file) is the “language” in which this design is “written”. Usually embroidery machines cannot read all formats, but only those, which are listed in their manuals (so read manuals).

There’re programs, which could convert an embroidery file from the “unreadable” format to the “readable” one. However it’s more advisable to buy and upload designs/files, with the correct format from the beginning.

Which formats do Husqvarna machines read?

Husqvarna sewing/embroidery machine read the following embroidery formats:

VP3 – Husqvarna Viking/Pfaff

VIP – Husqvarna Viking/Pfaff

HUS – Husqvarna Viking

DST – Tajima

SHV – Viking Designer 1

Now let’s talk about hoop sizes for some of the most popular Husqvarna embroidery machines. Brilliant innovations, sparkling designs – with these words Husqvarna introduces its “precious” creations from the “jewel” series. And the hoop range in this series is really fascinating. Depending on each particular embroidery machine one can find in its features hoop sizes from 1 x 1 inches (40 x 40 mm) to 14 x 13 ¾ inches (360 x350 mm)! Such wide range of hoop sizes shows the diversity of embroidery projects, which these machines can do! Anyway, let’s see some models in particular:

Designer Series and Platinum 955E (maximum embroidery area of 240 x 150 mm)

Sewing/Embroidery machines of this series and Platinum 955E are compatible with the following hoops:

Standard hoop 4 x 4 inches (100 x 100 mm)

Embroidery Spring hoop  4 x 4 inches (100 x 100 mm)

Texture hoop 6 x 6 inches (150 x150 mm)

Do All Quilter’s Hoop 6 x 6 inches (150 x 150 mm)

5’ x 7’ design hoop 5 x 7 inches (130 x 180 mm)

Endless Embroidery hoop 6 9/13 x 4 inches (170 x 100 mm)

Large hoop  9 6/13 x 6 inches (240 x 150 mm)

Midsize hoop 6 9/13 x 4 inches (170 x 100 mm)

Standard hoop 4 x 4 inches (100 x 100 mm)

Mini Embroidery spring hoop 1 7/13 x 1 7/13 inches (40 x 40 mm)

Designer SE (maximum embroidery area of 240 x 150 mm)

Designer SE is compatible with

Do all quilters hoop 6 x 6 inches (150 x 150 mm)

5×7 design hoop 5 x 7 inches (130 x 180 mm)

Endless embroidery hoop 6 9/13 x 4 inches (170 x 100 mm)

Midsize hoop 6 9/13 x 4 inches (170 x 100 mm)

Large hoop 9 6/13 x 6 inches (240 x 150 mm)

Standard hoop 4 x 4 inches (100 x 100 mm)

Embroidery Spring hoop 4 x 4 inches (100 x 100 mm)

Mini Embroidery Spring hoop 1 x 1 inches (40 x 40 mm)

Designer SE is equipped with Standard hoop 4 x 4 inches (100 x 100 mm), Large hoop 9,6 x 6 inches (240 x 150 mm) and Mega hoop 14,2 x 6 inches (360 x 150 mm). Don’t get confused with the numbers of Mega hoop. You still won’t be able to stitch a design larger than your Designer SE maximum embroidery area at one single time. However with Mega hoop you won’t have to remove the fabric out of the hoop in order to proceed to stitching the next portion of the design. Instead all you will have to do is to move the hoop!

Designer Jade 35 (Maximum embroidery area – 5, 9 x 9, 4 inches (240 x 150 mm)

Designer Jade 35 is equipped with Designer Jewel hoop 5, 9 x 9, 4 inches (150 x 240 mm). The brochure with the manuals promises 10 more options, available for various hoops of other sizes including Endless embroidery hoop, Midsize hoop, Large hoop, Standard hoop, Embroidery Spring hoop, Mini Embroidery Spring hoop.

Designer Ruby Royale (Maximum Embroidery area – 14 x 8 inches (360 x 200 mm)

Designer Ruby Royale is equipped with Royal hoop 14 x 8 inches (360 x 200 mm) and Splendid square hoop 4,7 x 4,7 inches (120 x 120 mm). Official compatibility chart for Ruby Models claims that it will work well with all the hoops (except Designer Majestic and Standard hoop).

Designer Diamond Royale (Maximum Embroidery Area – 8 x 14 inches (200 x 360 mm)

Designer Diamond Royale is equipped with Designer Royal hoop 8 x 14 inches (200 x 360 mm), Crown hoop 10,24 x 8 inches ( 260 x 200 mm) and Splendid square hoop 4,7 x 4,7  inches (120 x 120 mm). “Diamonds”, according to official Husqvarna compatibility chart, work well with all their hoops (except Standard hoop).

Designer Epic (Maximum Embroidery Area – 10,24 x 14 inches (260 x 360 mm)

This model is truly epic when it comes to the hoops, which it can recognize. It is claimed to embroider in any of Husqvarna hoops.

Designer Epic is equipped with Designer Imperial hoop 10,24 x 14 inches (260 x 360 mm), Crown hoop 10,24 x 8 inches ( 260 x 200 mm) and Splendid square hoop 4,7 x 4,7  inches (120 x 120 mm).