This is a great question and one that I get asked often. The short answer is Yes. You can adjust your printer settings and increase (or decrease) the size to whatever you want. The longer answer... Depending on the size jump, you may need to adjust your stitching strategy.
Let's say that your embroidery pattern is currently sized for a 5-inch hoop and you want to jump up to a 6-inch hoop, that is not too big of deal at all. But once you jump more than 1 inch in either direction, it's time to rethink your stitching strategy.
This can be done 3 different ways:
- Increase/decrease the overall quantity of stitches to fill in the increased/decreased area.
- Increase/decrease the quantity of floss threads used - So for instance, you may want to use 10 strands instead of the 6 strands that the pattern originally called for.
- Make your stitches bigger (or smaller). Same quantity, just bigger (or smaller) stitches.
Usually it is a combination of all 3.
But this is not an area to overthink or stress out about. My suggestion - just try it and see what happens! That is all part of the fun and learning journey of stitching. Know from the get-go that your finished result might look a little different than what you see in the product photos, BUT that is perfectly okay. Worst case scenario is that you learn a lot about what you will do differently next time. Best case scenario is that you love your finished embroidery even more because you made it your own and learned quite a few things along the way.