What do the numbers mean when referring to the embroidery hoop size?

By on November 5th, 2013
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This is kind of an embarrassing thing to admit, but until today, I had no idea what the numbers stood for when referring to the size of the different embroidery hoops. I mean I just never gave it that much thought. And guess what, I am not the only one.

Someone posed this exact question on one of my Facebook embroidery groups today. And 10 people promptly responded back: “it’s millimeters.” duh!

Well, of course, now that I think about it, my Bernina embroidery machine was made in Switzerland. Of course everything would be measured in the metric system!

Some of the ladies in my embroidery group were even so helpful to respond to the aforementioned question with the conversion factor from metric to the English measuring system. All you have to do to understand your hoop size in terms of inches is to divide the stated hoop size by 25. This makes sense. A very seemingly common hoop size in my embroidery software is 100×100 translates into a 4″ x 4″ hoop.

Ok. Now you can all comment back with a collective “duh!” But maybe for some I’ve cleared up a little something that you have never understood. To those friends, you’re welcome!

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