I was really worried about purchasing these hoops, because they were so much less expensive than the brand name, and even much cheaper than some of the other off brand hoops, but I am SO glad that I went for it! They are now my favorite hoops, and I even prefer them to the brand name hoop that came with my machine.
I purchased 2 of them, and plan to purchase a few more soon. It is so nice to be able to prepare a hoop while another hoop is in use on the machine...it saves me tons of time and cuts down on my down time.
The tightener on these is plastic and very easy to use, I haven't had any issues with warping of the hoop (I have had warping issues with other off brands) and I've had no issues with compatibility with my machine (Brother Innov-is NQ1400E).
I plan to purchase a few more soon to add to my collection, because it's just so convenient to have multiple hoops ready to go! I would definitely recommend picking up a few extras to help you out with...
Returning - hoop received is not the hoop pictured. I have a magna-hoop insert and it would not fit. This hoop is more "curvy" at the top and bottom. You would loose stitching area because of it. Also, the screw is cheap plastic, would not hold the hoop clamped shut. Had great difficulty attaching and removing it from the machine. Spend some extra money and buy a better hoop or the genuine one from Baby Lock/ Brother.
Not as good as the Brother hoops, but workable. Doesn't tighten as well as it should on the long sides, need to double stablize or us esomething to pad the hoop sides. I prefer the slant/spring hoop fasteners on the Brother hoops. Does fit the hoop slide in on my Innovis 1400E.
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