If you are working on a poster sized piece, how do you handle all the extra fabric. I use a large hoop, so have lots of fabric hanging off the sides. Tried the large ones where the fabric is rolled around bars, but found it to awkward, especially when I have to keep turning to the back to start or fasten threads. I do use a hand quilting needle instead of a xstitch needle (not a real small one, but one of the larger sized needles). It is easy to thread, sharper and sturdier than a xstitch needle.
I use a large scroll frame and it is awkward wrestling it around if you try to hold it. But I now have a floor stand for it and it makes stitching SO much easier and faster. It's easy to flip the frame back and forth. I love my scroll frame and stand.
But just a thought, if I were using a hoop, I would roll up the extra fabric and fasten it with the smallest size binder clips (like you get at an office-supply store). They are strong, easy to clip and unclip, should hold a lot of fabric, and are small enough that they shouldn't get in the way.
That binder clip idea gave me an idea. I bought large hair clips - the kind that have the teeth and you press the tops to open like binder clips. They work really well. I also use some quilting safety pins to hold the bottom now that I'm down to the last few pages of the pattern.
I use safety pins...
(I, too, have a scroll frame and find it gets a bit heavy after awhile... plus, I find it isn't as easy to take with as a hoop.)[/quote]
quote:Originally posted by MJ I use a large scroll frame and it is awkward wrestling it around if you try to hold it. But I now have a floor stand for it and it makes stitching SO much easier and faster. It's easy to flip the frame back and forth. I love my scroll frame and stand.
Just wanted to ask you MJ (I know this is an old topic but I think there's life in the old girl yet )... Just how big is your scroll frame that your wrestling with and which floor stand have you now got it on? I ask you these things because I just can't for the life of me find a scroll frame big enough for my SQ piece or a stand that will hold such a large frame. That is... apart from the monster rug frames out there which would dominate any humble living room!