Exactly what does it mean to get your weavers cloth drum tight,
and how do you go about doing it?
Punch Needle Hoops:
First things first – let’s talk hoops.
Even if you start with the weavers cloth super tight,
it will slip as you punch and get saggy.
When you use a regular embroidery hoop, it will get saggy REALLY fast!
But, if you use a locking hoop, it stays tighter much longer.
(The locking hoops also come in lapstands so you don’t have to hold the hoop as you punch.)
Another option to consider is getting a gripper strip frame.
With those, the fabric stays drum tight until you remove it from the frame.
Unfortunately, they are also fairly expensive.
If you are handy or have a woodworking friend, you might try making one yourself.
Get the Weavers Cloth Drum Tight:
Start by separating the two pieces of the hoop.
Center the weavers cloth over the inner part of the hoop.
Place the outer part of the hoop over the top.
Tighten the wing nut on the hoop.
When you get the hoop tight-ish, alternate between tightening the wing nut
and pulling on each side of the weavers cloth to tighten the fabric.
Make sure to keep the fabric square by watching the woven lines in the fabric.
To finish tightening the hoop, hold the wing nut with pliers
and use a screwdriver to finish tightening the screw in the hoop.
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