I think you'll be very happy with it, once you get the hang of it. If you don't have a floor stand yet, you might invest in one, even a cheapie like the one Wal Mart sells for $25 - the snaps are thicker and heavier than a hoop, so if your hand gets fatigued holding a hoop, it'll get there quicker with snaps. Though, I don't always actually put my snaps in the floor stand - sometimes, I just lean it against the stand, where it would be attached - the weight of the snaps keeps it steady. I've even leaned it against my up-propped legs, with one hand under, and worked that way - I probably looked like an idiot, but it worked for what I was working on!
What size did you get? I have 3, but can't remember what they are - the two biggest, one rectangle, one square, and then I did manage to get a small set - 8x8 I think.
I ordered the 11x17" size. I don't have a floor stand yet. I was hoping that this size would be fine for lap use. But yesterday I was having second thoughts and wondered if I should have ordered the 8x8.
Good to know it fits on the Walmart floor stand. Thanks
My q-snap arrived on Friday and I am loving it! I'm not using it with a floor stand and so far haven't had a problem. I got used to it fairly quickly, and I love the way it maintains the tautness of the material. Mine is 11x11.
I ordered mine from www.123stitch.com, and received them two days after I ordered them. I had been stitching on a 6" hoop and didn't have any trouble adjusting to the larger size. When I am stitching on the far left hand side of the pattern I do have to kind of prop it on my leg. While I suspect it will take a little getting used to the 11x17 will probably be manageable. I do love the q-snaps, and imagine I will be getting all the sizes for different projects. Goodbye hoop!
quote:Originally posted by kittygirl Question: Can you leave your project in the q-snaps overnight (or longer) or do you have to take it out after each session like the hoops?
That depends on who you ask. I work on a weekly rotation, so I just leave my Q-snap projects in the snaps for that week, then I take the fabric out and throw it in my project bag, which actually probably mangles it a lot more than if I left it in the snaps for a long period. If you are using a hand-dyed fabric, I would suggest loosening the tension when you are done for the day - just rotate the clamp part in so it releases the tension, then the next day, all you need to do is re-rotate the clamp back out until the fabric is taut again. I haven't had any issues so far, though not keeping the same project in them for more than a couple of weeks is a factor in my luck. Other people take the fabric out every day - that sounds, to me, like a lot of wear & tear.