In the last few months I've asked similar questions at this forum, but I'm still trying to decide on the type of hoop that will suit me the best. The lap stand hoops are expensive compared to a regular hoop you hold, so I want to find out as much as a I can before making the purchase. Unfortunately none of the local quilt shops sell them or I would try before buying. Any of you disappointed after buying a lap stand? What brands have you tried that you like, or dislike? Thanks for your help!