Stitching Blogger’s Question of the Week – August 31, 2005

  • Posted on August 31, 2005 at 2:44 pm

Today’s “Stitching Blogger’s Question” was suggested by Kim and is:

What do you use to hold your fabric while you stitch? A hoop, a
Q-Snap, a scroll frame, something else, or do you stitch in hand? Have
you always used just the one thing or have you tried one or more of
the others? Which do you like best? Why?

All of the above! I use scroll frames on most of my projects, as long as the fabric is long enough to fit (my smallest sets are 12″ rods with 6″ cross bars). I use Q-Snaps for small projects (I have a 6″ set and a 7 or 8″ set). I still use hoops every once in a while when I have a small project and am desperate. 😆 I also stitch some small projects in hand, particularly charity quilt squares stitched on aida, since the fabric is usually stiff enough to not require a lot of tension.

My favorites are the scroll frames. I like to mount them on a lap stand so that I can use both hands, if the project is wide enough. I like how easy it is to release the tension in between stitching periods. I like the tension you can achieve … for the most part. It’s not perfect, but for my larger projects, it’s my weapon of choice. Otherwise, I like the Q-Snaps for smaller projects.

3 Comments on Stitching Blogger’s Question of the Week – August 31, 2005

  1. Barbara says:

    I bought a scroll frame last year, but I can’t get the hang of it in regard to the tension on the sides. What kind of scroll do you have, and how do you deal with tension?

    My first Q Snap is due to arrive the end of the week and I’m curious about it. Till now I’ve used hoops. Old fashioned, I guess!

  2. Kim says:

    I have been dying to try a scroll frame but I wasn’t sure if you HAD to have a floor/lap stand. That’s why I suggested the question actually, because I’m really curious as to what people use and why. Stitchers seem very opinionated about this subject 🙂 Happy stitching!

  3. LeliaEvelyn says:

    Ditto — lap stands (or any stands) are wonderful for TWO HANDS free for stitching. I have an attachment to my lap stand which allows stretcher bars and q-snaps to be ‘held’ in place, too.

    Nothing nicer than not holding stuff IMO — my hands get tired from the holding on….

    Enjoy the week-end. Stitch well.

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