Organizing and Storing Embroidery Hoops

Embroidery Machines are amazing! The versatility of what you can do with them; what you can create with them is awesome. The Janome MC550E dedicated embroidery machine or a combination sewing and embroidery machine, like the Janome Continental M17 have a variety of hoop sizes included, so the creativity is endless.

The Janome CM17 has the largest hoop on the market today, 11×18.1″, but whatever size hoop your machine has, how do you store the hoops safely?

Janome MC550E

Most Janome embroidery machines come with a variety of different sized hoops. The embroidery hoops are unique items, specific to each machine and are sometimes difficult to store, especially if you’re limited in space.

If you don’t store them safely there is a chance they can get warped, damaged or broken. I would prefer to spend money on fabric than replacing something that didn’t need to be replaced if it had been stored safely in the first place. We need our sewing tools to be in pristine condition so they’re ready to go whenever creativity strikes.

Some embroiderers use bags to store the hoops, so they stay protected and all together so you don’t spend time looking for the size hoop you need. This is especially helpful if you have more than one embroidery machine with each having a different hoop style. You can keep all like items together for each machine. If the bag has handles, it could be hung up on a hook, taking advantage of vertical space.

Hooks are what I use, taking advantage of the vertical space on the doors in my sewing room. I purchased the hooks from the dollar store, so they weren’t expensive and are readily available.

They hang over the door and have a nice deep, wide hook, which supports the hoop and they stay in place when operating the door. I can fit several hoops on one hook, but if you have the space to dedicate one hook for each embroidery hoop, that’s even better!

Hooks are an inexpensive way to keep the embroidery hoops from getting damaged, keeps them together and keeps them easily accessible whenever I need them.

I have mine on the closet door of my sewing room, but you could also use the back of the door to your sewing room, or hang them inside a hall closet, or spare bedroom closet if you don’t have a dedicated sewing room.

We’d love to hear how you store your embroidery hoops, so let us know in the comments box below.

Happy Sewing!

About Anne Stitcher

I have been an Educator with Janome for several years now. Crafting is my passion. I love to sew, quilt, crochet, knit, cross-stitch, scrapbook, paper tole and cook. I have so many hobbies. I am always doing something. I love to use my skills to help people in need and to pass on my knowledge to others. Happy Sewing!
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8 Responses to Organizing and Storing Embroidery Hoops

  1. Susan Wild says:

    Hooks are a great idea as you say – I have various hooks that fit into what we call peg board in Australia – it’s a thin sheet of manufactured wood – with holes drilled into it about 1″ apart.. You need to put a frame around it – at the back – to give some clearance from the wall, place the hooks wherever you need them and hang the hoops – I sometimes use two hooks for one hoop.
    Happy hoop tidy-up!


    • janomeman says:

      Thank you for your suggestions, Susan! Peg boards are indeed a great way to keep supplies organized and in sight so they’re always available when you need them. Thank you for sharing. Happy Sewing!


  2. Roberta says:

    I”m lucky enough to have a bureau that I bought at a Habitat for Humanity Restore which has a drawer large enough to store even my largest hoop.


    • janomeman says:

      Thank you sew much for sharing your organizing tips, Roberta. Second-hand stores, charity shops, and indeed the Habitat Restore are great places to find useful pieces at a great price. Happy Sewing!


  3. Karen says:

    Thank you for the great tip about hanging your embroidery hoops over the door! I recently had more shelving added to my sewing room closet. I will use a hanger within the closet to keep my embroidery hoops stored properly.


  4. Kay Warcup says:

    I store mine in a hoop holder I made with a free In the Hoop embroidery design from Kreative Kiwi.

    I changed the kitty embroidery and used their sewing machine instead.

    Now that I have a 550E I’m trying to figure out if I can add onto the bottom somehow for my large hoop. In the mean time I just use a command hook to hang that one.


    • janomeman says:

      HI Kay! Thank you sew much for sharing a fun, and practical solution for storing embroidery hoops. It’s great to customize the size to fit every hoop for every machine.


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