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Has anyone used Q-Snap frames?


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Kerri
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3:26 pm May 23, 2007

Hi there!!!

I was wondering if anyone has used Q-Snaps?

I would like to know if the tight "snaps" on the bars will damage already stitched areas.

I've already heard that they won't leave any hoop marks, but I can't seem to find the answer to this question.

Thanks,

Kerri

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Fabala
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Location: Atlanta, GA
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8:48 pm May 23, 2007

I've not used them, but have been interested in the same thing... thanks for asking!

Fabala
whatsup1
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6:53 am May 24, 2007

And I would like to know as well. I've been thinking about getting one.
rifestitch
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9:56 am May 24, 2007

I have Q-snaps that I use for several projects. Can I assume by "damage" you mean crushed stitches? Part of the problem with using hoops is that first your fabric is bent at a sharp 90 degrees, then is compressed and then pulled; that's a lot of stress in a small area. With the Q-snap, the bend radius over the pvc is nowhere near 90- degrees - it's an arc. And because the contact between the frame and the clamp of the snaps is such a large area, compared to a hoop, the stress of the compression is spread out so much more, so it doesn't leave marks.

Now, I'm lazy, so one of my projects that I am doing in my 11x17 snaps (I think that's the size), I fold up my excess fabric and put it under the clamp, so I do end up with creases at the end of the week, but I also crease my projects when I take them off and put them away until next rotation, so I do pretty much iron these projects each time I'm getting ready to put them in the snaps. Also, most of the projects I have done using snaps, the two sets I have are big enough to accomodate the entire stitched area inside the frame, so it's not an issue.

I have my SQ on a sroll frame - I made a custom-width one for this project by getting a couple of oak dowels from the hardware store, and putting them into the side rails from the store-bought set. This is going to be an extremely long-term project, and I do not have any problems leaving projects on scrolls indefinitely. Using Q-snaps might be okay for a big project, but I personally would hate having to contend with all the extra fabric, so scrolls is my choice.

Get a couple of sets of Q-snaps, and give them a try. I need to get a small set - I am using the dreaded hoop on the ornaments I am working on, and I realllllyyyy don't like hoops any more. The last couple of times Hobby Lobby has had Qs on sale, they don't have any of the 8x8 or 10x10 (again, I may be making those sizes up) left by the time I had time to go. And, after a while, if the clamps lose their tightness, like anything plastic, they go through a dishwasher cycle, and the heat of the water (I don't use the heated drying cycle) makes them tight again! Can't get much more convenient than that! I also have the cheapie unversal floor stand from Wal Mart, which accomodates Qs and my scrolls the same way. Get a set - they may not work for every project, but I bet once you use 'em, those old hoops will go right into the trash (unless you keep 'em around for emergencies, like I do Smile).
Kerri
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12:02 pm May 25, 2007

Hi there,

Thanks for the advice!!! Very Happy

I'm currently doing a very large pattern that's too big for a scroll frame (unless I get one of those large quilting ones, but my husband will probably lose it!!! Laughing ), so I have to use a q-snap. I've been using it already, but I haven't had to move it over stitches yet. So far I really like it, much better than hoops!!!

I'm still waiting for my first SQ pattern to arrive in the mail, and I will be using a scroll frame for that one.

I can't wait, hopefully it'll come today, it's been a week and a half already!!!

Thanks,
Kerri

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Alanna
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5:36 am May 26, 2007

Oooooh, now you've all got me wanting to try Q-snaps! I've always used a hoop (and am dreaming of a day when I'll be able to afford a stand and scroll frame)- I never even gave Q-snaps a thought. Are they really that good? I'm just at the stage where I'm going to have to move the hoop over some stitching as well, maybe now's the time.... hmmmm.... you guys really do just put too many ideas in my head! Idea Cool
whatsup1
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1:14 pm Jun 06, 2007

I just ordered a set of Q snaps and I am looking forward to trying them.
TangleXstitcher
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7:42 pm Jul 20, 2007

I see this forum started a while ago but I'll post anyway.

I stumbled on Q snaps about 10 years ago when I left my hoop at home. I bought an 8 X 8 frame and I love it. I use it all the time, even on good size pieces. I just bought an 11 X 11 frame and will see how that works with the SQ piece I'm getting ready to start.

I took an old white t shirt and cut out four strips to use between my fabric and the q snap. I think it helps protect the piece from any dirt. As for flattened stitches, I don't really find it to be an issue. I wash all my pieces and when I iron them on a towel from the back, the stitches look great.

As for the extra fabric, I roll the ends toward the frame and clip them with a hair clip. Be careful with these though as not all hair clips are created equal. Some of the "teeth" can be sharp so be careful when you buy. I think I'm going to have to look for bigger clips for this next project.

Tension is easy to maintain as well. All you need to do is rotate the top of the q snap clip outward, two at a time, and you've got your tension back!

I highly recommend giving them a try. I love mine.

Christine Stitching
tdobbs
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5:00 pm Feb 04, 2008

quote:
Originally posted by TangleXstitcher
I see this forum started a while ago but I'll post anyway.

I stumbled on Q snaps about 10 years ago when I left my hoop at home. I bought an 8 X 8 frame and I love it. I use it all the time, even on good size pieces. I just bought an 11 X 11 frame and will see how that works with the SQ piece I'm getting ready to start.

I took an old white t shirt and cut out four strips to use between my fabric and the q snap. I think it helps protect the piece from any dirt. As for flattened stitches, I don't really find it to be an issue. I wash all my pieces and when I iron them on a towel from the back, the stitches look great.

As for the extra fabric, I roll the ends toward the frame and clip them with a hair clip. Be careful with these though as not all hair clips are created equal. Some of the "teeth" can be sharp so be careful when you buy. I think I'm going to have to look for bigger clips for this next project.

Tension is easy to maintain as well. All you need to do is rotate the top of the q snap clip outward, two at a time, and you've got your tension back!

I highly recommend giving them a try. I love mine.

Christine Stitching

I use the 8x8 also...I have the 11x17 and find it ackward for me to use....what I have seen done is to take a scrap piece of fabric and sandwhich it between your work and snaps...it serves two purposes for me....helps with the tension not going out so soon and protects the stitches ...well three things...and I just yank the extra and they remove much easier...also it can help in keeping your piece cleaner...this is an old, old post for me too ..but thought I'd add my half sense...lol Stitching
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