I am new to the forum, but I did have a question for you regarding the stand you purchased from Needle Needs. I looked at their website, and am interested in the Millenium Frame. Did you happen to purchase that frame as well? If so, how is it working for you? I am working on Waterhouse's My Sweet Rose in a Q-Snap. When I removed one of the horizontal clamps that was on a stitched area, I noticed a slight line in the stitching, which has never happened to me before with a Q-Snap. I have used extenders to enlarge the frame, but the tension does not remain tight. Needless to say, I don't want any more lines in the stitching (this line is slight, and it will either work itself out or come out when the piece is finally done and pressed). I have used other scroll frames before, but I would like to find one that does not require basting the fabric and that will maintain good tension. Thank you for any help!
I started off with the hoops but found I couldn't get them tight enough with larger pieces so went onto scrolls. However, after a while I developed tension problems in my left shoulder (I sew right handed) so I bought a stand from here: http://www.needleneeds.co.uk/. Problem solved and it's definitely required for The Ladies as I've gone for a 36" scroll - being a girl I have to stitch the way I see it and would have found it impossible having a smaller scroll and having to turn it round - just ask my husband when I try to navigate in the car. I keep telling him that particular gene was switched off at the altar.
Welcome to the SQ addiction help centre . There are lots of us here to help out, and I am only a newbie myself.
Yes, I did purchase the Millenium Frame (the 36'' one to accommodate the size of my piece). I also used the Little Wizard frame for my TW Stretch the Dragon piece. Which was good as it was my practice piece for both the new type of frame and also for the blending required in SQ projects. Now, with both these frames you need to leave quite a bit of room at the top and bottom as the bars are quite thick (which is good from a sturdiness point of view) and can be tricky if you don't and sew 'to the edge'. So, for instance, I got only so far with Stretch and had to revert to a hoop when working at the extreme ends.
When mounting your material on a Needle Needs frame, you push the ends of your material (leaving a couple of inches free) into the grooves on both the top and bottom bars, slide a dowel in and then pull up the two inches of free material evenly to raise the dowel and thus fix the material in the bar. You then roll the material round the bars and then, when you have reduced the amount of material in the middle to about 8'' you slide in the side bars and adjust tension with the wooden screws. Once you have finished sewing, you will need to loosen off the side bars to prevent warping, as you would with any other type of scroll.
Now, because my piece is so wide (I use a 36'' frame), I have found that you need a lot more tension on the outside edges than you do in the middle of the material and so my top bar has started to warp, even though it is 1.5'' thick! I think this is because the material has more 'give' on an edge as it is only supported on one side by the rest of the material. To remedy I think I also need to go back to the above instructions and adjust the amount I raise the spare 2'' by in favour of the outside edges. This is the only time I have come across this issue and have completed other 18'' wide pieces without this type of problem - I think it's more of a user error than any issue with the frame
You will, of course, still need to prepare your material by sewing round the outside edges (my personal favourite is a blanket stitch).
In respect of the Necessaire stand, I absolutely love it! You can adjust the angle of the supporting arms up and down by way of the 3 notches and you can also raise the height of the pedestal through a periscope action on the main upright (this makes much more sense when you look at this picture: http://www.needleneeds.co.uk/necessaire/index.html. There is also a groove on the top bar to store your chart (I use it for my floss threader as it is easy to lose otherwise) and there is a hook which I use for my scissors so nothing gets lost.
I hope the above helps and recommend Needle Needs' products to everyone as they are just so good and beautifully made.
What piece are you stitching?
Looking forward to hearing from you. Best wishes and Happy Stitching - Christine
Good thinking Batman. I'll contact Needle Needs today to see if they have any thoughts. My initial thinking was that I would need to pull up the outside bits more when setting the material in the frame but then I don't want it to split.
I spoke to Needle Needs and it was pretty much as I thought - user error. I took the frame apart (no big deal) and found that, when I had originally pulled the linen up to fix it in the bar, I inadvertantly pulled it up slightly higher in the middle. This created a greater pull on the centre part of the material when I tensioned the piece to work on the left hand corner.
Given that I've 'overstretched' on the left hand side now, I have gently compensated at the top and now have an even tension across the whole piece.
Hope this helps as I love working with scroll frames.