I was attempting to machine embroider on Organdy for a new Christening Gown I have designed, but was having difficulty keeping it taut in the hoop. After quite a few trials and errors, and searching for info on the internet, I found a new technique.
Organdy is fairly stiff fabric but very, very sheer and thin, so it slips easily in the hoop. I solved this problem by using a thin layer of rubber drawer liner cut out like a frame to go between the organdy and the top hoop. This holds the organdy very nicely.
Cut the rubber draw liner into a rectangle that is larger than the hoop size, then cut out a rectangle in the middle that is smaller than the hoop size, making something that looks like a picture frame of rubber drawer liner.
This picture shows my two hoops with the frame for each one. Make sure you cut the inside rectangle small enough that the rubber frame will be hooped along with the organdy.
Then just hoop your organdy with the rubber frame on top, and embroider as normal. Another hint, on most fabric you can use white bobbin thread regardless of the color of the top embroidery thread. On organdy, the bobbin thread may show through in places, so it is best to use the same color in your bobbin as you do in your top thread.
In this photo you can see how the frame of rubber fits into the hoop.
This photo shows one on the right that was done without the rubber sheet, one on the left with the sheet, much neater.
I learn something new about sewing every day