9 Large Hoop Embroidery Machines for Home Use

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I started with a 4″x4″ hoop machine and upgraded to a 5″x7″ machine soon after. A few years later, I’m now eyeing a much larger hoop machine because I just need to embroider more things. 

To create a reference for my future purchasing and also help like-minded embroiderers browsing now, I’ve put together this list of the largest hoop embroidery machines available for home use!

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Large Hoop Embroidery Machines

This list includes the single needle embroidery machines with the largest hoops. I haven’t listed any multi-needle embroidery machines, as these are not common for home use and embroidery hobbyists.

You will likely have to visit your local sewing retailer to purchase these machines. However, knowing which brands offer large embroidery fields will give an idea of which authorized retailer you need to frequent first. 

Furthermore, many discontinued machines have large hoop sizes as well. Below are the currently produced models as of writing, though. 

1. Husqvarna Designer Epic 2, Ruby 90, and Sapphire 85

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  • Hoop Size: 350 x 360mm (13 3/4″ x 14 1/4″)
  • Embroidery Speed: 1,000 spm

Based on hoop area, the Husqvarna Designer Epic 2 is the home embroidery machine with the largest hoop size of 13 3/4″ x 14 1/4.” (The slightly less featured Husqvarna Ruby 90 and Sapphire 85 machines also have this same embroidery area potential.)

These three machines are all sewing and embroidery combination machines that are filled with deluxe features. The Epic 2 has the most stitches, designs, and features and is the snazziest of the three.  

(You can check out a comparison chart of all Husqvarna Designer machines to see the exact differences and the complete list of their features.)

Designs are transferred via WiFi, and the machines are compatible with mySewnet, Husqvarna’s subscription-based embroidery design service. 

You also get access to their exclusive JoyOS ADVISOR system, which includes helpful sewing and embroidery tutorials to get you started using your machine successfully. 

Of course, these large embroidery machines have sensor systems and countless automatic features to make sewing and embroidery frustration-free. 

My favorite thing that sets them apart from other brands is the ribbon embroidery attachment, which helps you machine embroider with ribbon. (With my machine, I can only do bobbin work with a thin ribbon rather than using it as my top “thread.”) So cool!

2. Pfaff Creative Icon

  • Hoop Size: 350 x 360mm (13.78″ x 14.11″)
  • Embroidery Speed: 1,050 spm
  • Sewing Built-ins: >800 stitches
  • Embroidery Built-ins: >800 designs

Another awesome high-end embroidery machine, the Pfaff Creative Icon has a maximum embroidery area that’s the same as the Husqvarna top-of-the-line embroidery machines. 

Now, the largest hoop included with the machine is only a 360mm x 260mm (~10″x14″ hoop), but you can purchase the Grand Dream Hoop, which allows you to use that entire embroidery area of 14.11″ x 13.78.”

A sewing and embroidery combination machine also, The Creative Icon features the most advanced patented technology that Pfaff has available. 

For instance, WiFi connectivity, mySewnet cloud storage, and the ImageStitch app to auto-digitize images with your phone. 

Their ActivStitch technology, which helps your machine sense and regulate its embroidery with no user input, is also one more cool feature. 

Pfaff has all the details of this machine here, where you can see its hundreds of awesome inclusions!

3. Brother Innov-is Luminaire XP2

  • Hoop Size: 10 5/8″ x 16″
  • Sewing Speed: 1,050 spm
  • Embroidery Speed: 1,050 spm
  • Sewing Built-ins: 824 stitches
  • Embroidery Built-ins: 1,332 designs and 24 fonts

Replacing the Innov-is Luminaire XP1, the Brother Luminaire XP2 is a high-end Brother embroidery machine that will fulfill every embroidery desire but will also set you back a bit financially. 

While the Husqvarna Designer is the embroidery machine with the largest hoop based on area, the Brother XP1 offers a rectangular hoop with a 16″ side, almost 2″ larger than the largest side on the Designer machine hoops. This means embroidering longer, skinnier designs is possible with the XP2. 

As a combination machine with one of the largest embroidery fields and the most extensive workspace area (13.1″), it also has a large color LCD touch screen for embroiderers with poor near vision. 

Brother includes all their latest technology in this top-of-the-line machine. Some fun features that aren’t present on machines like mine include ‘Quiltbroidery,’ mobile monitoring, auto-digitizing with My Design Snap, and all sorts of laser, camera, and light help features. These help line up designs and blanks for the best, professional results.  

Also, as someone who spends more time than I’d like to admit tediously unscrewing the needle plate on my machine to clean or remove thread nests, I can’t even express how much time I would save having this needle plate that is removed at the touch of a button. 

A girl can dream of having all this great stuff one day, right?!

The Brother website includes the full XP2 specifications as well as a comparison to similar models. 

4. Babylock Solaris 2

  • Hoop Size: 10 5/8″ x 16″
  • Sewing Speed: 1,050 spm
  • Embroidery Speed: 1,050 spm
  • Sewing Built-ins: 864 decorative and 154 utility stitches
  • Embroidery Built-ins: 865 designs

Babylock and Brother machines are sometimes made at the same factories but with different standards. Thus, these two machines have very similar features. 

Both feature the same extra-large embroidery area , speedy embroidery and sewing stitching speed, and much more.  

I love how the built-in projector displays embroidery designs on the hooped fabric for preview for both of these machines. Then, you can edit the location and other design properties to achieve “Precise Embroidery Placement.”

Babylock’s trademarked technologies on the Solaris 2 are IQ Intuition, where you can keep track of stitching progress with your phone, and IQ Intuition, which helps with auto-digitizing photos or artwork and positioning.

Unless you plan to create intricate embroidery designs, you can get away without embroidery software on your computer in many cases, thanks to onscreen technology. 

Read more about the Babylock Solaris 2’s features on Babylock’s website

5. Bernina 8 Series

  • Hoop Size: 15.7”×10.2″ with optional Jumbo Hoop
  • Sewing Speed: 1,200 spm
  • Embroidery Speed: 1,000 spm
  • Sewing Built-ins: 1,764 stitches and 19 buttonholes
  • Embroidery Built-ins: 462 designs and 12 fonts

The Bernina 8 Series includes the Bernina 880 Plus and Bernina 880 Plus Crystal Edition, among others. There are slight differences between these machines, but the specifications above are specifically for the 880 Plus. 

Both of these machines are sewing and embroidery combination machines. 

The largest hoop size included with the Bernina 880 is the 145x255mm hoop. But, you can purchase an extra-large embroidery hoop (the Jumbo Hoop) to take advantage of the 15.7″x10.2″ maximum embroidery area. 

In order to accommodate such a large hoop, these machines have an ample 12″ work area or throat space, meaning they’re perfect if you’re an avid quilter also. (Rolling a large quilt for free-motion stitching is very difficult on standard home sewing machines.)

As a high-end Bernina machine, these both include the standard automatic needle threader and automatic thread cutting for both sewing AND embroidery.

The presser foot also lifts and lowers automatically at the beginning and end of seams and thread colors. 

Fun perks of this machine include the Bernina dual feed and stitch regulator and a jumbo bobbin so you can stitch humongous embroidery designs without having to reload.

You can read more about the current Bernina 8 Series here

6. Brother Stellaire Innov-is XE1 and Brother XJ1

  • Hoop Size: 9.5″x14″
  • Sewing Speed: 1,050 spm
  • Embroidery Speed: 1,050 spm
  • Embroidery Built-ins: 727 designs and 24 fonts

These Brother machines feature a 9.5″x14″ hoop size, but the Brother XE1 is embroidery only, and the Brother XJ1 is a combination machine. 

These machines feature many of the same technologies as the Luminaire, but just “less” of most things. There are slightly fewer built-in designs, fewer stitch options, and fewer super-special perks.

However, these machines still feature the My Design Snap mobile app and My Design Center, which provide perfect design placement and create embroidery designs from images. 

This machine is excellent for starting an embroidery business where perfection is essential for happy customers! It’s much less expensive than the Luminaire but still has many time-saving features like the LED pointer on the embroidery foot.  

When sewing on the XJ1, the large 11 1/4″ workspace area is great for quilters, and there are hundreds of stitches and other sewing perks. 

Check out Brother’s brochure highlighting these machine features. 

7. Babylock Altair and Babylock Meridian

  • Hoop Size: 9.5″x14″
  • Sewing Speed: 1,050 spm
  • Embroidery Speed: 1,050 spm
  • Embroidery Built-ins: 494 designs and 30 fonts
  • Sewing Built-ins: 771 stitches

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The Brother XE2 and XJ1 are similar to the Babylock Meridian and Altair. 

The Babylock Altair is the sewing and embroidery combination machine, whereas the Meridian is the embroidery-only version. 

These machines both have the same 11 1/4″ workspaces and 9.5″x14″ embroidery fields as the Brother counterparts as well as many other similar functions. 

Compared to the Brother machines, though, there are fewer built-in embroidery designs included and a few other minor differences. 

As with the Babylock Solaris 2, IQ Designer and IQ intuition technology are included with the machine purchase. 

I love how most of these large hoop embroidery machines have wireless design transfer and so much onscreen editing and design creation possibility!

8. Bernina 7 Series

  • Hoop Size: 15.7”×8.3 with Maxi Hoop
  • Sewing Speed: 1,000 spm
  • Embroidery Speed: 1,000 spm

The Bernina 7 Series includes machines like the Bernina 700 E, 740, 790 Plus, 790 Plus SE, 770 QE, 770 QE E, and 770 QE Plus.

These are all sewing and embroidery machine combos. 

The largest hoop included with the Bernina 7 Series machines is the 5.8″x10.2″ hoop. However, the largest embroidery area is 15.7″x8.3.” Thus, if you purchase their Maxi Hoop, this machine will stitch larger designs. 

You can still attach and use the Jumbo 15.7″x10.2″ hoop, but the maximum size design this machine will stitch within that is still just 15.7″x8.3.”

These Bernina large embroidery machines all feature the same jumbo bobbin as the 8 series and automatic thread cutting. 

The 7 Series models differ in features such as the number of stitches and built-in embroidery designs and the inclusion of the dual feed or stitch regulator. 

You can check out the Series 7 Overview on the Bernina website

9. Janome Memory Craft 550E

  • Hoop Size: 7.9″x14.2″ (with magnetic clips)
  • Embroidery Speed: 860 spm
  • Embroidery Built-ins: 180 designs

While the Janome Memory Craft 14000 has a 9.1″x11.8″ hoop, the Memory Craft 550E’s hoop has slightly more area to it, which is why I’ve listed it here even though it’s not Janome’s “top-of-the-line” embroidery machine. 

Using magnetic clips, this large hoop Janome machine can expand its 7.9″x7.9″ embroidery area to the much larger maximum embroidery field of 7.9″x14.2.”

The MC 550E embroidery-only machine is especially great if your budget doesn’t include a high-end Brother or Babylock machine but you still want to embroider large designs. 

This machine is significantly less expensive because it doesn’t include flashy features like onscreen digitizing, WiFi design transfer, LED positioning, or even a super high embroidery speed.

It has most of the standard features of mid-level embroidery machines but a hoop that’s easily twice the size!

Check out more info on Janome’s website

Other Big Hoop Embroidery Machine Options

If the big hoop sizes listed above are larger than what you’re interested in, here is a selection of other popular embroidery machines and their hoop sizes.

Just remember, you can still split larger designs with embroidery software and use a smaller embroidery machine to embroider a large design. 

Also, check out how embroidery hoop sizes relate to the maximum embroidery area, as embroidery field and denoted “hoop size” are not exactly the same sizes in some cases. 

I hope this has been helpful in your search for your next embroidery machine! I’m already deciding what features I can and cannot live without in my future machine. 

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