I love my 14" wooden quilting hoop. I know it's not the sturdiest kind to buy but it's a great weight and I'm willing to be careful with it. Even with care it broke about a year ago. I fixed it but the non-invasive repair didn't hold and it started to come apart last week. Glue, cord, and a splint to the rescue.
This time I made a splint from a piece of another broken hoop (bought at a thrift store). I lined up and clamped both pieces, drilled four tiny holes, glued the splint to the outside of the hoop (since it's the outside ring that's broken), then used some thin, super-strong cord to "stitch" the pieces together. After it's dry I will wrap the repair with adhesive tape to hold the two pieces together and make it easy to put onto a quilt.
The outer hoop always gets the most stress because it moves when the quilt goes into and comes out of the frame. But I think -- and hope! -- this repair will hold.
Do you use a wooden hoop for hand-quilting? Do you grow attached to your quilting and sewing tools and equipment? What do you do when something breaks?
May all your tools remain whole and unbroken!