If you’re in the market for an embroidery hoop stand and aren’t sure what your options are, or what would be a good fit for you, look no further! I recently purchased a new embroidery stand on Amazon, and wanted to share with you how I like that one, and also compare the pros and cons for another embroidery stand that I’ve had for some time. The reason I got the new embroidery stand was that I wanted to use a desk stand to film embroidery tutorials so that there is less motion when I’m stitching. I normally use my embroidery stand I have as a clamp for my phone to film the videos (Gotta use what you have right?!) The one that I came across on Amazon look very compact and nice, so I was excited to try it out!
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Adjustable Round Embroidery Hoop Stand Holder
Above is the stand that I purchased. It was super easy to assemble and it took me about twenty minutes. It comes with a screw driver so you don’t need any extra hardware to assemble. The one thing that I didn’t use were some screws that the instructions said helped to secure the clamps more, but I found them confusing and didn’t really seem to need them.
The stand has sliding rods that make it adjustable for any size embroidery hoop, and the knobs to adjust the clamps are really nice and easy to use. On initial inspection, the rods that hold the clamps can be a little finicky and they are also slightly wobbly. However, once I started embroidering with the stand, I realized I still use my other hand to stabilize the embroidery while I’m working on it and I didn’t really notice any wobble. I really like how small this stand is, and I’ll be able to easily just keep it on my desk for whenever I need it.
Some down-sides to this frame were that the rods that hold the embroidery are on both sides of the embroidery hoop, making it something you have to get used to while stitching. They felt like they were in the way initially, but once I stitched with it for awhile it didn’t feel as weird. The knobs that adjust the clamps unfortunately did get in the way of my working hand, so I ended up flipping the right one upside-down so that the knob was in the back. That seemed to do the trick and I didn’t notice anymore inconvenience.
- Made of quality materials
- knobs are easy to adjust
- easy to store
- more aesthetically pleasing
- able to use multiple hoop sizes
- easy to assemble
- Higher price point
- wobbles a little bit
- knobs can get in the way while embroidering
- have to use it on a desk
Michael’s Adjustable Craft Stand
The other embroidery stand I have is available at Michaels. I’ve had this stand for years, and it has served it’s purpose. The main difference with this stand is that it is highly adjustable, so you can maneuver the arm to where you can work with the stand from the floor while sitting in a chair or on a desk. There are 5 different joints that you can adjust to get the right height and angle for your needs. It’s also nice to have the clamp holding the embroidery from above, so it’s not in the way when you’re embroidering.
Some down-sides to this stand are that the wood material doesn’t look as nice, and the knobs are mostly plastic and wing nuts so the entire stand feels a bit cheap. Metal wing nuts are also kind of hard to work with sometimes. The stand has a slight wobble to it, but nothing that’s too distracting while you’re stitching. I also remember the assembly of this stand was frustrating, as it has a lot larger quantity of pieces you have to put together compared to the new stand I purchased. Storing this stand is kind of a pain because it’s an awkward shape and it’s also larger than the other stand.
- Highly adjustable
- Usable on a desk or sitting down
- Lower Price
- Clamp doesn’t get in the way while stitching
- Wobble slightly
- Larger and harder to store
- Made of cheaper materials
- Harder to assemble
I hope you enjoyed this review! I don’t think that I would recommend one of the products over the other because they are both quite different, and serve different purposes and needs. I will say that I will be continuing to use both of the stands, and that they both have benefits and downsides as any product does. 🙂
Watch the video for an in depth review and look at both!
Amanda is a hand embroidery artist and teacher. With over 15 years of experience in the craft industry and embroidery, she owns and runs Crewel Ghoul, sharing tutorials and patterns to help inspire fellow crafters to get inspired and creative. In addition to running this website, she teaches on Skillshare and Youtube.