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Thread: Quilting on this frame is like trying to read in a moving car

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    Garylester's Avatar
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    I had this great idea. I have these 7'x1"x3" walnut boards from the pews of a church I served as pastor years ago in Chicago. Beautiful wood and sentimental thoughts. So I made this simple frame to hang from the ceiling rafters in the basement. I love it. But, I find that the thing sways about and I get dizzy, like when you read in a car. Does anyone have ideas about making legs for this? Of course, I've been looking at Henterberg and Grace. Are the kits they sell worth the effort?

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    Maybe try weighting it down at the corners with old flatirons tied to it. Clear as mud? Anyway, if it's weighted down somehow it won't sway as much. I know my grandmother's quilt frame was let down from the basement ceiling and she and my mom and aunts (when they were girls) all quilted together.

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    Come to think of it, every time I've seen one in use, several people were quilting at the same time. Probably helped to stablize it.
    When you get tired of quilting, you can always use it as a hammock. ;-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by PaperPrincess
    Come to think of it, every time I've seen one in use, several people were quilting at the same time. Probably helped to stablize it.
    When you get tired of quilting, you can always use it as a hammock. ;-)
    :lol: :lol: :lol:

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    Yes, Hinterberg frames are worth it, especially if you build it yourself...which is very simple to do.

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    Let it down a bit more, and rest it on the backs of four dining room chairs, so that its own weight will keep it firm. Or two chairs if they are a bit too high, and allow it to tilt towards you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lacelady
    Let it down a bit more, and rest it on the backs of four dining room chairs, so that its own weight will keep it firm. Or two chairs if they are a bit too high, and allow it to tilt towards you.
    You beat me to it :) that's exactly what I do with mine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lacelady
    Let it down a bit more, and rest it on the backs of four dining room chairs, so that its own weight will keep it firm. Or two chairs if they are a bit too high, and allow it to tilt towards you.
    Thank you. Simple and effective answer.

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    Why don't you get a couple of inexpensive sawhorses and clamp the frame to the sawhorses at the sides of the frame?? That should keep it from running away from you...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Carole Angel
    Why don't you get a couple of inexpensive sawhorses and clamp the frame to the sawhorses at the sides of the frame?? That should keep it from running away from you...
    All day I've been trying to think of how to use a couple of saw horses. This is it. I'll just lower the frame and clamp the side rails to a saw horse on each side. The kitchen chairs idea was good, but this, I think, will work a bit better for me. Thanks.

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