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Thread: Betty Bands vs Quilting Gloves

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    Betty Bands vs Quilting Gloves

    Just looking for some opinions for Betty Bands vs Quilting Gloves. Which do you like and why? Have you tried the other? Why don't you care for them?
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    I have never tried the Betty Bands but I did purchase the Machinger gloves for my FMQ class that I took and I felt they were very helpful.
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    Machingers also and I won't FMQ without them. I have not tried the Betty Bands.

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    I have tried gloves and also the foam bats. Did not like either. Use my bare hands.

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    I have the Machingers gloves and love them, and won't quilt without them, but was getting ready to order some things from Clotilde and saw the Betty Bands. Just wondering what everybody thought of them.
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    I use the Machingers and haven't tried the Betty Bands. I thought you were supposed to use your finger tips instead of your palm to move the quilt so I haven't given much thought to buying them but I'd love to hear what people that have used them have to say.

    Suzy

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    I have both. I use the betty bqnds for smaller projects and the machiner gloves for bigger. I like the bands better because my fingers are free and I can pick stuff up. like scissors and pins.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kuusistoquilter View Post
    I have both. I use the betty bqnds for smaller projects and the machiner gloves for bigger. I like the bands better because my fingers are free and I can pick stuff up. like scissors and pins.
    I thought I would like the Betty Bands for this same reason. I ordered the medium/large size (I wear medium in disposable latex gloves and also in dishwashing gloves) and the bands are too small for me. I don't know if they were mis-sized or what, but they were a disappointment.

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    I'm not fond of the Machingers because they are too warm (my hands get all sweaty - yuck) and I can't do anything else while wearing them. I love my Fons & Porter quilting gloves; to me, they are much thinner, which enables me to deal with pins while wearing them. They are made of fabric and seem more breathable.

    I tried to make a home-made pair of Betty Bands using that Dollar Store shelf liner stuff and they worked pretty well, but my design is not perfected yet (LOL).

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    I haven't tried Betty Bands but do use Machingers. One drawback to them is that I constantly have to take them off and put them on to handle thread, etc. Otherwise they do really help with fabric motion.
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    I have both and don't care for the bands, my fingers get really achy if I don't wear the gloves
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    I don't have the Betty Bands or Machingers. I tried the finger tip thingies but they didn't stay on well always and made my fingers tips sweaty and you have to take them off to rethread. I was going to get the Machingers but I tried the gardending gloves which worked well until it came time to rethread sooo I cut off the finger tips and Bingo!! I love 'em! Plus they're wonderfully cheap!
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    Another vote here for Machingers. Would be lost without them now that I've tried them.
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    I have the Fons & Porter glove and just love them. They are so
    light, you hardly know your wearing them. I cannot FMQ without
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    so many quilts to make, so little time.

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    I prefer the gloves with the tips of the fingers cut off.

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    I love my machingers thay really make a huge difference, when I forget to put them on I have a hard time

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dolphyngyrl View Post
    I love my machingers thay really make a huge difference, when I forget to put them on I have a hard time
    Same here. I love them.
    Annie

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    The Betty Bands are a good idea, but the design needs tweeking IMHO. I love the fact that your fingers are free to pick things up and move stuff, but I too found they were small. Actually, they need to be cut more at an angle. Hey - I'd better stop giving my ideas and start trying to make a new product! Maybe I can get rich.
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    They sure want a lot of money for those little betty bands. 15.95 or so. Jeepers.
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    One more vote for Machingers though I have not tried the Betty Bands. I have some arthritis in my hands, and the very slight compression of the gloves helps a lot. Yes, I have to take them off to rethread or to change a bobbin, but I don't do that very often since I'm lucky enough to have a machine with M-sized bobbins. I remove them off whenever I take a small break from quilting, which is generally every 45-60 minutes. I just can't keep my concentration longer than that! I also quilt in a cool basement so I've never had a problem with them being hot. I sure wish they were a different color though. The white color picks ups color from fabric and leaves the finger tips looking dirty very quickly!

    Pam

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    I just bought some Betty Bands and agree, they run small and are kinda spendy. I do like my fingers open, but guess I do prefer gloves too. I just have to cut all the fingertops off too, cuz it drives me nuts to have to take them off all the time....

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    I can't wear the gloves. I have the Betty bands and love them!

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    My hands are too slender and the finger things fall off all of the time.The gloves make my hands itchy and then they peel. The best I have found is to use the rubbery pads that are put under glasses to stop them slipping. The stuff is also used for drawer liners for glasses etc. If I have one little pad under each hand, the quilt moves easily and my hands are easily free to do other tasks.When they become shabby, they are cheap enough to discard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mad Mimm View Post
    I haven't tried Betty Bands but do use Machingers. One drawback to them is that I constantly have to take them off and put them on to handle thread, etc. Otherwise they do really help with fabric motion.
    I agree with Mad Mimm! Machingers make it hard to pull thread from bobbin up to the top and other things that require fine motor skills.

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    I use white cotton gloves with the plastic beads that I buy at the dollar store for 1.00. I thought that perhaps the dots (which are black) might rub off on white fabric but it doesnt. THey breath better than the Fons & Porter gloves that I bought first. the F&P gloves also lost their stretch and are now real loosy goosy.

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