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cmthmpsn
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10:36 pm Jun 24, 2012

I use scroll rods and the E-Z Stitch Lap Stand from American Dream Products for most of my projects. But I have some of the larger projects on my SQ Wish List. Should I invest in a floor stand for the big projects, or would my lap stand be enough? I usually stitch relaxing back in my chair, and my lap stand leans and shifts with me as I shift positions. I'm concerned that with a floor stand, it wouldn't be as easy to shift positions in my chair while I stitch, but that my lap stand wouldn't really be able to handle the really big projects.

And, if I need a floor stand for larger projects, should I get a one or two tower stand? It would be easier to get into and out of my chair around a one tower stand than a two tower stand, but, again, would the weight of the large project be too much for a one tower stand and torque it sideways or even tip it over?

Any and all opinions are welcome.

Stitching
Divecat
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1:45 am Jun 25, 2012

Hi Christina

I went straight from using a handheld ring frame to using a floor stand where the frame just sits across the bars rather than being clamped to it. This is the one I use: http://www.needleneeds.co.uk/store/product.php?id_product=10, together with their lovely wooden frames.

I must admit it does make you sit up straight and you need a lot of trial and error to get it to the right height and angle for you (see my blog re my issues with shoulder/hip pains induced by both work and stitching for long hours). I think I have got it right now by having the frame just about parallel to the floor so I don't have to drop my left shoulder to get my hand underneath to guide the thread through and stop it looping.

In terms of size of project, I used a 40 inch wide frame to mount Ehret and just adjusted the position of the frame on the stand arms and/or moved the arms about underneath the work so it didn't unbalance.

I hope this helps you.

Best wishes - Christine Stitching
cmthmpsn
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8:52 am Jun 25, 2012

Christine,

That's an interesting stand. Many of the one tower floor stands I see clamp onto the side bars of the scroll frame, which is why I was concerned about sideways torque. But with a front tower, as long as the base is area is large enough, it should be just as stable as a two tower stand (which also would need a large base area).
BarBaraPrz
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12:33 pm Jun 25, 2012

I use one similar to Divecat's:
http://www.sewandso.co.uk/ran1170-0.html
cmthmpsn
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3:57 pm Jun 25, 2012

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Originally posted by BarBaraPrz
I use one similar to Divecat's:
http://www.sewandso.co.uk/ran1170-0.html


Oh, you really are naughty, pointing me towards a UK store that has things I can't find here in the US! Very Happy I browsed through that store a bit, and now am itching to buy more stuff! I must keep my wallet locked away, or my hard-earned (i.e. combat-earned, I did 2 one-year tours of duty in Iraq with the US Army between 2009 and 2011 - was only home 6 months between tours) money will find a new home across the ocean, and I'll have more stitching things here in my house.
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8:17 pm Jun 25, 2012

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Oh, you really are naughty...

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cmthmpsn
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10:32 pm Jun 25, 2012

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quote:
Originally posted by cmthmpsn

Oh, you really are naughty...

Twisted Evil


I really want that Limited Edition DMC Wooden Collector's Box, complete with 465 skeins of floss, but I need to decide if I want to pay that much money for it, and who knows how much the shipping will be.
armywife
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9:41 am Aug 05, 2012

Thank you for your service to the US Army! And I may have to check out the wooden collector's box! Didn't know about that one... Laughing
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