Click on this link ELNA CLOTHSETTER  (please note that the Elna & Janome clothsetters are identical) to see a video of how this amazing piece of equipment is used. It really is quite baffling to me that so many folk still tell me they either don’t know about the ELNA CLOTHSETTER  or have one & don’t know how to use it?????!!!!!!!! I shake my head …..seriously….. as this is one very clever and INVALUABLE  tool that is unique to JANOME & ELNA.

there were at least 5-7 hoopings on each of these 4 blocks that needed perfect & precise placement provided by the clothsetter

To even attempt to try to line all these designs up perfectly in the above sample would be unthinkable  without an ELNA CLOTHSETTER.  If I had not had the ELNA CLOTHSETTER  to help me, it would have been a disaster of misaligned designs and I would have been ashamed to say it was my work!

This pic shows the clothsetter for the B hoop – so for the EL8200, 8300, 8600 and 820. Other clothsetters are available for other Elna embroidery machines

There are a number of different ELNA CLOTHSETTERS: it pretty much depends on what ELNA EMBROIDERY MACHINE  you have that determines which ELNA CLOTHSETTER Santa needs to bring down your chimney this year. Your local ELNA DEALER  will be able to advise you which one you need.  Even though they may look a little different, all ELNA CLOTHSETTERS  work in the same way:

  • Using a printed template (on paper or vellum) of your specific embroidery design, mark the 5 dots through the punched holes on the template. You will need to have embroidery software in order to print a template. Once the template is printed, punch 5 holes through the clothsetter marking on the template. Mark a dot through the holes with an appropriate fabric marker. Line these dots up & draw a line. Do also mark the arrow which points to the TOP of the hoop as this is very important for many multiple hoopings. It is all too easy to get mixed up & ruin your embroidery by having a design the wrong way up!

    paper template: punched holes have been circled and clothsetter marking highlighted in pink

  • Now attach the outer hoop that you will be using to the “key” slot on the ELNA CLOTHSETTER.  Lift the Clothsetter arm up.
  • Position the fabric with markings for the embroidery design with the arrow pointing to the top of the hoop.
  • Lower the Clothsetter arm and line up the fabric marking with the red crosshair on the clothsetter arm.
  • Insert the inner hoop and shift the fabric slightly if necessary so that both markings are still lined up after the hoop is inserted and screw has been tightened.

    note how the red clothsetter marking lines up with the blue fabric placement marking.

  • Now simply remove the hoop from the clothsetter and attach it to the embroidery machine.
  • If the needle is not perfectly lined up with the center of the crosshair you marked for the design, use the jog key on the embroidery machine to move the hoop until the needle is exactly centered. This should not be necessary on most ocassions and especially if the Clothsetter has been calibrated to your specific embroidery machine (see a future posting on how to do this).
  • Once you are satisfied with the hooping & needle position, start the embroidery.

You will, I guarantee, be completely amazed at how very simple and easy continuous embroidery (such as long borders)   or projects that require multiple hoopings become; when you use the ELNA CLOTHSETTER. Be no longer afraid of these types of projects!!!

TIP OF THE DAY:  Hoop up the hoop with stabilizer ONLY (no fabric). I like to use sticky stabilizer or regular tearaway stabilizer which I spray with fabric adhesive glue. Then when I position the fabric onto the hooped stabilizer, it is so much easier to reposition until my markings are perfectly aligned. Just peel back & reposition. Once they are lined up, all I need do is gently press down on the fabric to adhere it firmly to the sticky/glue. As soon as I have transferred the hoop to the machine, I use the BASTING  function to further hold the fabric on top of my hooped stabilizer.  The ELNA MACHINES which currently offer a basting function are the EL9500 & EL9600.

Another advantage of this method of hooping is that my fabric does not get distorted or crushed by the hoop – especially applicable with many delicate fabrics and knits; towels, velvet etc.

About Liz Thompson

I am the National Education Manager for Janome & Elna Canada and I LOVE to sew! I have been employed full time in the sewing and quilting industry for over 30 years so I bring a wealth of sewing knowledge & expertise to this blog. I enjoy all forms of sewing from quilting to sewing garments to machine embroidery and software. Pretty much everything in my life is seen through the eyes of a passionate sewer! I am constantly on the look out for fun, innovative and inspiring ideas to share with you all on this blog. I also love to sew, read, knit , crochet, travel and spend time with my family and friends.
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