What about sizing? Very simple in concept, but not so much in execution. Sizes are something we all struggle with sometimes, especially when your favorite design is just that little bit too big for your hoop. You can just shrink it, right?
Well, hold your horses there, partner. When it comes to re-sizing the designs yourself, all we can advise is that you proceed at your own risk. As a very basic rule, you can usually size a design up or down by about 10-15%, but depending on what you use to resize it, it can sometimes distort the stitches. There are some programs out there that can help you resize stuff, like the free Wilcom TrueSizer, or Embird (there's a free trial available). We always try and make designs as small as possible for little hoops, but trust us when we say, if we haven’t offered it in a 4 by 4 size, that’s probably because it won’t stitch out very well in one.