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Thread: FMQ Gloves

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    Who uses gloves, such as Machingers, when doing FMQ? I am a very mediocre free motion quilter, but am determined to get much better at it. The author of the book I bought, "Free Motion Quilting Made Easy", highly recommends quilting gloves and her favorites are Machingers. I've looked on line and they are sold anywhere from $7.60 to over $15.00. Also, lots of good reviews on line from folks who use them. I can get a pair from Joann's on-line (don't know about in-store yet - haven't looked) but I find their on-line S&H cost prohibitive AND they add on local sales tax. It really irritates me to have to pay both S&H and sales tax. I'd like to hear from those of you who use the gloves (Machingers or other) ... praise them or not so much???? And if not gloves, do you use something else instead to help grip the fabric? Thanks!

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    Hi Weezie,
    I use quilting gloves - a different brand - they have grippy dots all over them and I find them great. You don't have to grip the quilt just place your hands on it. You don't get the shoulder pain because you are not gripping the quilt constantly.

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    Before the DH bought me the quilting gloves, I used the cheap cotton knit garden gloves that had been dipped in latex. I would say they worked as well as the expensive quilting gloves. As Deecee said - all you need to do is rest your hands on the fabric and slide.

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    I use Machingers. My quilting improved when I started using them. They're not that expensive, and they're lightweight and not too warm. After their 25% discount they cost $6.15. I don't know how much shipping would be.

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    I use a a pair of gloves that I got at walmart one winter. they have little rubbery dots on the palms. I think I paid 1.00 for two pair of them! from time to time I have to use a baby wipe to wipe over the bumps because they get like a lent roller and they don't want to "stick" any more. Once I wipe them off they are good to go again. I can handle that for a buck!

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    I have a pair of Machingers and I love them. It makes a huge difference, especially if you're doing a larger quilt. There are quite a few people on here who use the garden gloves with the little dots like justwannaquilt does. And since it's getting to the end of gardening season, you just might be able to pick some up on clearance really, really cheap! :lol:

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    I have a pair and I love them, they're brilliant. They definitely make a difference. :-)

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    I have used a pair of exfoiliating gloves. I was about to buy a pair of FMQ gloves when my cousin yanked me away & told me not to bother.
    I have to say they do allow you to be in control of the fabric even if I have only just been practising FM. It's gonna take me ages before I get it perfect LOL.

    Good Luck - Tisha :P

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    I'm not very good at FMQ yet but the gloves make a HUGE difference!

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    I have the Fons and Porters gloves that were only 2 dollars at Joanns.
    Very light weight cloth on top with rubber dotted on the bottom.
    Nice to use but I live in Phx AZ and any gloves are too hot so dont use them.
    I have the steering wheel and the slider and dont use them either.
    The only thing I found that is a must for FMQ is a flush surface sewing machine with lots of counter space to the left of the machine. This works very well.

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    I have a pair (not sure of the brand) but they're white with the grippy dots all over the palm side of them. They make a HUGE difference, in my opinion, in being able to control the quilt while quilting it. It makes it so much easier.

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    I have the Machingers and I love them! I thought of getting cheaper gardening gloves but a more experienced friend talked me out of it and I'm glad she did - the Machingers are so light that I can even rethread the needle while wearing them. I'd highly recommend them. :D

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    I, too, use gardening gloves and find they work very well. But then I never tried the high end gloves.

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    I have the Fons and Porter gloves I got at JoAnn's with a coupon, so not too expensive. I think they make all the difference in the world when machine quilting.

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    I also use a pair of exfoiliating gloves. They work well. My hands do not get hot in them. I have heard people complan that their hands get hot in the quilting gloves. Now if I can just get the foot/speed/hand corridination to work. :lol:

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewsewquilter
    I also use a pair of exfoiliating gloves. They work well. My hands do not get hot in them. I have heard people complan that their hands get hot in the quilting gloves. Now if I can just get the foot/speed/hand corridination to work. :lol:
    Yes, I'd buy any glove going if it would help me with THAT! :wink: :lol:

    I must say my hands don't get hot - the Machingers are 100 percent cotton. :D But I've never tried anything else so can't give a comparison.

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    Thanks, all! I have a pair of lightweight gardening gloves to use, but too wide and too short for my long skinny hands so they do not work well. I live within zipping distance to Joann's store, so this a.m. I zipped there. They had med. and lg. Fons & Porter gloves only. Because they were in sealed packs, I bought a pair of each size. The lg. fit o.k. so I will take the unopened med. back and get my money back on my next visit there. (Of course, I should have tried them on before I left Joann's parking lot, but that didn't occur to me until I got home!) HOWEVER, yesterday when I was doing my on-line research, Machingers got a 5-star rating and Fons & Porter gloves a 2.5-star rating; I will see how I like these F&P and meanwhile, keep a watchful eye for a good deal on Machingers. With the Joann's 50% coupon I had, I could have gotten the Machingers for $4.00 on line, but then had to pay nearly $6.00 in s&h, plus sales tax, plus wait several days for them to get here. I'm working on a quilt for a small boy who has chronic health problems and I need to get it finished and sent to him so I wanted the gloves NOW. It is a positively gorgeous quilt, if I do say so myself, and I don't want to ruin it with crappy looking FMQ.

    Again, thank you all for your responses.

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    P.S. Please point me in the right direction to find exfoliating gloves. They sound most interesting, but since I am the world's worst shopper, it's a struggle to find anything I want. I can manage to find things such as milk, eggs, fruit and veggies, but if it's something I don't use on a regular basis, I'm in trouble!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dunster
    I use Machingers. My quilting improved when I started using them. They're not that expensive, and they're lightweight and not too warm. After their 25% discount they cost $6.15. I don't know how much shipping would be.
    Duh, I meant to say that I bought them at Fabric Depot, in Portland, when they were having an in-store sale. They have them on the web site too.
    http://fabricdepot.com/index.php?pag...ing=machingers
    When you check out is when the discount brings it down to $6.15.

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    I use the Fons and Porters gloves. They make a huge difference. If for some reason I can't find them (like the cat dragged them away and hid them :D :D ) I have a couple pair of nubby gardening glove I keep in my sewing desk to use in a pinch. They work OK too.

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    I, too, use the machingers...WHAT a difference :) :).
    As for exfoliating gloves, I'd think W-Mart should have this in their health and beauty section, if not, try Bath and Body type store--they might be a little more pricey.

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    I use them too.

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    Weezie, we would all love to see pics of your "positively gorgeous" quilt when finished.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deecee
    Weezie, we would all love to see pics of your "positively gorgeous" quilt when finished.
    Hi Deecee. Thanks for asking. I plan to take pics of the whole quilt and of each separate block; each has a different embroidered patchwork animal or bird. I'll also include a photo of a small pillow I made to go with the quilt (using the fish that was too small to be part of the quilt). I will certainly TRY to share them with y'all, but I've never sent any pics to the QB and am not sure how, so I can only hope to succeed. (The wee pillow is finished which means I've already done the FMQ on it ... and did a REEAAAALLLY bad job!) BTW, I've been practicing quite a fit wearing my new F&P gloves. I THINK I see a slight improvement in my stitch lengths.

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    Ooops! I meant to say: practicing quite a bit, not quite a fit. I proofread before I hit the submit button and still an error!!

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