Multi-hooping allows you to stitch out embroidery designs that cannot be accommodated within a single hoop. The aim is to add hoopings and position to create the least number needed to
accommodate an entire design. These are then stitched out consecutively. When you enter multi-hooping mode, covered objects display as green stitches. First choose a suitable hoop – one that will cover the largest object in the design. To add hoops manually, position the hoop until it covers the largest object in the design. Use the Add Hoop tools to add more hoop positions. Re-position and, if necessary, rotate hoops to cover all objects in the design. Click twice to activate rotation handles or use the Rotate Hoop buttons on the Context toolbar. Use the Splitting Guide to split objects that would not otherwise fit within a hooping. Click Calculate Hoopings to evaluate the hoopings that will result from the current layout. Use Preview Hoopings to preview hoop positions. Each one contains objects that can be stitched out in a single hooping. Click and hold to isolate each one. Automatic hooping offers an easy way to work out hoop positions. Activate color optimization in the Embroidery Settings dialog in order to minimize the potential color changes. Click Automatically Add Hoops – hoop positions are calculated according to object sequence. Use Preview Hoopings to preview hoop positions. In this design, some of the hoopings contain only one object. To fix manually, edit the split line. Note that hoopings are reduced from 10 to 8. You can now save the design to one or more files. To help align multiple hoopings, stitch out registration marks for each hooping. These are added at output. Optionally, print a copy of the design with hoop positions as an aid to stitching out. Click the Export Design icon – the Export Machine File dialog opens. Choose a machine file type and destination folder. The system checks that all objects are covered. All hoopings are calculated and displayed in the Hooping Sequence dialog. Any split lines are calculated and objects split between their respective hoopings. Zoom in to study each hooping. If you have activated registration marks, they are clearly marked in red. Click Save All Now to save all files in the list. The software outputs hoopings to individual files.