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mary-sue
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10:27 am Sep 30, 2011

Hi,

I am hoping to get some advice on stitiching frames. I am currently using a hoop, but the pattern is becoming to big to continue using it. I bought q-snaps and was unhappy with them as I don't feel they held the material tight enough. I like the material tight enough to bounce a loonie off of it. What type of frame should I buy?
Thanks so much
Divecat
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4:19 am Oct 01, 2011

Hi Mary-Sue

I use a Needle Needs frame, which is made by an ex(?) cabinet maker. Here is his website with a link to how to set up the frame: http://www.needleneeds.co.uk/store/cms.php?id_cms=12

The advantages are:

The wood is lovely and thick and a pleasure to hold in the hand (although I would recommend having a stand to rest the frame on).

You tighten using the side bars rather than the more conventional rotating top/bottom bars.

It is easy to get your material drum tight.

There is no denying it is an expensive product; however, it is definitely the right tool for the job and Christmas is just around the corner Very Happy

I hope this helps. Happy Stitching Stitching

Christine x
rifestitch
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2:47 pm Oct 03, 2011

quote:
Originally posted by mary-sue
Hi,

I bought q-snaps and was unhappy with them as I don't feel they held the material tight enough. I like the material tight enough to bounce a loonie off of it. What type of frame should I buy?
Thanks so much


I also like my fabric TIGHT. You might try laying a paper towel or piece of felt/other spare fabric over the piece you are working on, under the clamps, to give the clamps a bit of grip. If you have extra fabric, double it up under the clamps. I know some fabrics are just more slippery than others, and with all the frames and hoops I've used over the years, Qs are still my favorite - but I do keep paper towels handy when loading up a new project, in case I need that extra grip...

The QSnap clamps will loosen up over time & use - a trip through the dishwasher, on the top rack, will tighten them back up a bit.
armywife
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6:45 pm Oct 03, 2011

quote:
Originally posted by rifestitch
quote:
Originally posted by mary-sue
Hi,

I bought q-snaps and was unhappy with them as I don't feel they held the material tight enough. I like the material tight enough to bounce a loonie off of it. What type of frame should I buy?
Thanks so much


I also like my fabric TIGHT. You might try laying a paper towel or piece of felt/other spare fabric over the piece you are working on, under the clamps, to give the clamps a bit of grip. If you have extra fabric, double it up under the clamps. I know some fabrics are just more slippery than others, and with all the frames and hoops I've used over the years, Qs are still my favorite - but I do keep paper towels handy when loading up a new project, in case I need that extra grip...

The QSnap clamps will loosen up over time & use - a trip through the dishwasher, on the top rack, will tighten them back up a bit.

___________________________________________
Rife,
Have you ever used the Needle Needs frame? Just curious? Also-can the NeedleNeeds frame easily be turned over to work on the back while in the floor frame?
Thanks!
Pam
Divecat
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4:19 am Oct 04, 2011

quote:
Originally posted by armywife
Also-can the NeedleNeeds frame easily be turned over to work on the back while in the floor frame?
Thanks!
Pam


Rife, I hope you don't mind me jumping in on answering the above question, which is it depends on your floor stand. My stand is one where the frame just rests on the arms and has pegs near the end of the arms so the frame doesn't fall off. This means the frame is free to be moved wherever you want it.

I hope I have understood the question correctly and that this answer helps.

Christine x Stitching
rifestitch
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9:01 am Oct 04, 2011

quote:
Originally posted by armywife

___________________________________________
Rife,
Have you ever used the Needle Needs frame? Just curious? Also-can the NeedleNeeds frame easily be turned over to work on the back while in the floor frame?
Thanks!
Pam


I haven't used that particular kind, no. But I have used hoops, scrolls, and QSnaps in all kinds of variations over the last 25+ years. Since I have between 15-20 WIPs, I just like QSnaps because I can change projects out quickly; my SQ is the only thing I have on a scroll rod, and aside from something as big as a SQ, I don't know if I'll ever use a scroll rod again.

Christine can tell you if you can flip that kind over. I don't usually flip my work over, I do it all by feel, and then clean up tails or whatever later, when I take it off the floor stand or put it up for a bit.
armywife
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8:29 am Oct 05, 2011

[quote="rifestitch"]
quote:
Originally posted by armywife

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Christine can tell you if you can flip that kind over. I don't usually flip my work over, I do it all by feel, and then clean up tails or whatever later, when I take it off the floor stand or put it up for a bit.


___________________________________________
Rife,
How on earth do you run the ends under nearby threads without turning the project over? I would like to learn that trick!

Christine,
Thanks so much for your answer! That part was intended for you, actually. Do you pick the work up and turn it over to run threads under? Is it fairly easy to do with that frame? I'm thinking of getting it for myself for Christmas:) And I'm out right now with 2 surgeries, so thinking I may order it a little early Laughing

Thanks to you both!!!
Pam Stitching
rifestitch
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9:37 am Oct 06, 2011

quote:
Originally posted by armywife


___________________________________________
Rife,
How on earth do you run the ends under nearby threads without turning the project over? I would like to learn that trick!

Thanks to you both!!!
Pam Stitching


Push down lightly on the front while running the needle under on the back, then snip - all done by feel. Then I trim it up when I come to a stopping place, usually when I'm changing projects out and taking whatever frame I'm using off the floor stand. I do occasionally miss and have un-anchored threads - but I will weave them in later from the backside...
armywife
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4:32 pm Oct 08, 2011

quote:
Originally posted by rifestitch
quote:
Originally posted by armywife


___________________________________________
Rife,
How on earth do you run the ends under nearby threads without turning the project over? I would like to learn that trick!

Thanks to you both!!!
Pam Stitching


Push down lightly on the front while running the needle under on the back, then snip - all done by feel. Then I trim it up when I come to a stopping place, usually when I'm changing projects out and taking whatever frame I'm using off the floor stand. I do occasionally miss and have un-anchored threads - but I will weave them in later from the backside...


_____________________________________________
Rife,
Wow! I'm impressed. I don't know if I could trust myself to do that blindly. Am I the only person who does NOT do this? I think I need a frame that would allow for easy flipping over, which is why I'm hoping the Needle Needs can be easily picked up and turned over, since it sounds like it just sets on top of the frame.
Thanks again,
Pam Stitching
Patricia
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6:21 pm Oct 08, 2011

quote:
Originally posted by armywife
quote:
Originally posted by rifestitch
quote:
Originally posted by armywife


___________________________________________
Rife,
How on earth do you run the ends under nearby threads without turning the project over? I would like to learn that trick!

Thanks to you both!!!
Pam Stitching


Push down lightly on the front while running the needle under on the back, then snip - all done by feel. Then I trim it up when I come to a stopping place, usually when I'm changing projects out and taking whatever frame I'm using off the floor stand. I do occasionally miss and have un-anchored threads - but I will weave them in later from the backside...


_____________________________________________
Rife,
Wow! I'm impressed. I don't know if I could trust myself to do that blindly. Am I the only person who does NOT do this? I think I need a frame that would allow for easy flipping over, which is why I'm hoping the Needle Needs can be easily picked up and turned over, since it sounds like it just sets on top of the frame.
Thanks again,
Pam Stitching


Well, I certainly couldn't do that. I would stab all my fingers and end up "blindly" trying to end the threads. I use the scroll bars and have it attached to my old faithful lap stand. If it is too big I just have it on my knee supported by the arm of the small couch that is my little corner of the world.. Stitching
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