Splitting Embroidery Designs for the 5×12 (130mm x 300mm) PES hoop

Multi-position hoops are pretty awesome if you want to expand your embroidery area and do bigger designs on your machine without rehooping.  LOVE this for names and border designs like an embellished yoke of a shirt!  So you get this bigger hoop and you try to send a 5×12 design to your machine and — nothing.  No big design no nothing!  So what’s so great about this hoop if you can’t use it?

What the hoop allows you to do is hoop once and you stitch designs in each position so that when complete, you have a big design.  Yes, you can attach the hoop to the machine and simply stitch designs in the hoop to create a scene or name moving them using the machine layout functions.  But it is so much easier to use software to do this.

So if you have a larger design that you want to stitch in this hoop, it needs to be split into sections that fit your 130 x 180mm design area – approximately 5×7.  To split a design you need to use software.  There are various programs out there that will do this – I use Embrilliance Essentials because it really is as easy as 1-2-3. 

1. Choose Hoop from Preferences.

2. Open Design and it will show up in the hoop -size, add lettering, whatever you want to do.

3. Go to File > Save Stitch file and the software splits and saves the design file for you into sections that fit your machine.

See it in action – click here

Click here to see how easy it can be to split embroidery designs for this hoop!

Click here to see how easy it can be to split embroidery designs for this hoop!

No fiddling with assigning stitches to hoop flags or moving stuff because the software needs to have complete colors in specific spots or any other “technical” thing for you to worry about.   The Essentials software takes care of all the “technical stuff”.  You just need to be created and create the design layout you want.  Save the file, load each to the machine in the order & position instructed in the TXT file and start stitching.  The TXT file even includes the color break information from the original Large design layout. 

Like I said – super duper simple! 

Until next time – Happy Stitching!   Lisa

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7 Comments on “Splitting Embroidery Designs for the 5×12 (130mm x 300mm) PES hoop”

  1. I always want a bigger hoop. Thanks for sharing.

    • I think that is part of the “addiction” 🙂 It doesn’t matter how big my hoop is, its not “big enough” lol But now, we have the software and alignment techniques to not be limited by our hoop size!

  2. Meerkat says:

    Thanks, just one question. In the video at the very very end you say stitch file one, MOVE THE HOOP, stitch file 2. What does that mean to move the hoop. Sorry, haven’t used my new big hoop yet

  3. Here’s what I need , thanks Lisa so much

  4. Pauline says:

    I thought you have to split design into three sections of 100mm each to use the 5×12 Brother
    hoop. I am using Bernina V6 software on my Brother embroidery machine.

    • The 5×12 hoop is for an embroidery machine that has a 5×7 hoop size. I do not recall the exact steps on splitting designs in the Bernina software but it is not automated as in the Embrilliance Essentials program. I would visit youtube and search on stitch editing in Bernina Artista v6. If you are on Facebook, there are many groups for the Bernina software programs. I would see if anyone knew how to break a design into smaller sections for rehooping. Since you are not using a Bernina embroidery machine, you would want to word your question in a generic way to get information that you can use for any machine.

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