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Thread: New Lap Quilting Hoop

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    Senior Member batikmystique's Avatar
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    New Lap Quilting Hoop

    Hello, everyone!

    I have been quilting for seven years and find myself needing/wanting a new lap hoop. I have the traditional round 14" hoop (very old and flimsy) without a lap or floor stand attachment and l am looking into investing in a newer, more solidly constructed hoop. I have researched the newer ones on the internet, but still cannot decide which one will best suit my needs. There are quite a few new options, and I was hoping that some of you might be able to offer feedback from your experiences!

    I am now leaning towards a square lap hoop, and I noticed that Barnett's has a really nice looking one as well as does the Grace company. I'm not sure about the tilting and rotating options when quilting a larger project, though, as I have not been able to try any of these hoops out. Seems it would be just as easy to just manually turn a hoop and reposition the quilt as you need to, although the tilting option looks very appealing!

    Barnett's did offer a square hoop on a plain, flat base without the rotating base/knob tilt adjustment option, but couldn't find that option with the Grace company. I also like Jean Brown's hoop with the flat base (no rotating or tilt option), but only a round hoop is available through her website. www.jeansimpressions.com BTW...She has a GREAT hand-quilting technique video on her site for those who might be interested. :-)

    Thank you, in advance, for your advice and suggestions!
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    I have one that measures 19" on the outside. I used to use the regular thin ones, but after breaking so many of them, I built my own. I took pieces from 3 of the ones that I broke and created this. I doubled the outside rings and taped them together with black electrical tape, (the only tape I had at the time). Then I doubled the inside rings and taped them together with white electrical tape. The rings are about 1/2" thick now.

    It works for me, and I have used this for about 14 years with no problem, (ever since I broke one of the boards to my floor frame).

    I tried one of the square snap together ones, but I didn't like it. So, when and IF i break this one, I will buy 3 new ones and make another one exactly like this.
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    I have one that looks like this: Name:  quilt hoop.jpg
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Size:  21.6 KB and it works wonderfully. I can use it with or without the legs, it tilts or flattens on the legs and is quite sturdy. I got it off Ebay for practically nothing.
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    I have one of the square Grace hoops on a stand. I found that the square hoop did not hold the sandwich as securely as a round hoop. There are many quilters who really like them, it's just that I'm not one of them.

    That said, I do like having a hoop on a stand. It's a lot sturdier than balancing the hoop on my lap, but I am used to quilting on a full size floor frame. I recently bought a Jasmine Heirloom hoop on eBay. It was expensive, but so far I love quilting on it so it's worth it to me.

    Good luck with your search.

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    The hoops that Barnetts make are extremely well made with the best of woods that are so smooth because of wonderful sanding. The hoops are extremely sturdily made.
    I was so pleased to deal with Barnetts as they are so very helpful. You can get any kind of hoop ( square or round) and spinning or not! If I were to need another hoop for whatever reason, I would not hesitate to buy from Barnetts. I am in no way connected with Barnetts except for being a very well satisfied customer.

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    I have Jean Brown's 14" hoop and really like it. It's sturdy and I can sit in the recliner and quilt. I don't use her technique, though, but Roxanne McElroy's.
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    ihave a morgan hoop and love it they have a web site morgan hoops and stands
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    I have a PVC frame (Q Snap)..actually have 3 in diffferent sizes..I recently bought the floor frame model, and am not happy with it..work better with the hand held frames

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    I have a square hoop on the bean bag base from Barnett's. Harry was so nice to work with and adjusted the height of the hoop for me. I have been using this hoop and base since back in early spring on a bed size quilt. I was having shoulder problems and it was getting harder for me to hold up a lap hoop, but this set up allows me to quilt without hunching over and since it is raised, I do not have to hold up the hoop. I love this hoop and base. I know that it is expensive but it is well made and was worth it to me. I am now able to enjoy hand quilting again.
    Linda

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrsponcho1 View Post
    I have a square hoop on the bean bag base from Barnett's. Harry was so nice to work with and adjusted the height of the hoop for me. I have been using this hoop and base since back in early spring on a bed size quilt. I was having shoulder problems and it was getting harder for me to hold up a lap hoop, but this set up allows me to quilt without hunching over and since it is raised, I do not have to hold up the hoop. I love this hoop and base. I know that it is expensive but it is well made and was worth it to me. I am now able to enjoy hand quilting again.
    Harry is always willing to work with you, and never seems to be off the job! Once I called to ask about something and he answered me as he was driving himself back to the shop. In the shop or out of it, he's there for you!

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