Do you keep embroidery in the hoop?
After doing your embroidery or your cross-stitch, keep your hoops. You can still use them. Yes, hoops are reusable. There are tons of ways to use your embroidery hoops.
How do you finish Aida edges?
You can overcast the edges with a simple whip stitch, or fold over the edge into a hem and baste it. When hand stitching the edge, use regular sewing thread doubled up. Be sure to stitch into the fabric a bit so you don’t end up pulling up the edges – 1/4 to 1/2 inch should work.
How tight should an embroidery hoop be?
Your goal is to even the fabric out and get it tight, but not to warp or distort it. Once your fabric is taut. you need to tighten the hoop screw to makes sure the fabric doesn’t slip. Finger tightening is usually enough, but if you find your hoop is hard to tighten, a small screwdriver can help.