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FMQ tip - gardening gloves!

Old 03-17-2013, 10:57 AM
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Hey so I thought I would share an FMQ tip - my hands really hurt after a couple of hours of FMQ from grabbing the fabric to keep it tight (I quilt on midarm machine). I was going to buy a pair of Grabaroos since I thought those would allow me to lay my hands flat on the area I was FMQing rather than grabbing the fabric. I was smart though - I read some of the opinions on the forum, and since I hate gimmicky gadets, I took some advice and started with a pair of $1.99 gardening gloves with the little grippers that I bought at Walmart. First thing I did was to cut off the fingertips so I could pick up pins, thread needles, etc. Then I found that the little grippers did not hold the fabric the way I thought they would. I figured the gloves were not going to work, but then I had an idea - I sprayed the palm and fingers of each glove with spray glue and let them dry for several hours. Voila! I got just the right amount of tackiness and the gloves work GREAT. I may still buy Grabaroos, but for now these really help - my FMQ is much smoother and my hands don't hurt!!
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Old 03-17-2013, 11:00 AM
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Try using dry erase sponges - even better than gloves, and you don't have to remove anything to use scissors tc.
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Old 03-17-2013, 12:01 PM
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thanks for the great tip
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I like the handles that can be purchased at any quilt shop. No tired hands!
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Old 03-17-2013, 03:12 PM
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I like Machingers for quilting on a DSM. They're more comfortable for me than gardening gloves, fit more closely but don't make my hands too warm. They're only $7.99 at JoAnn's, and half that with a coupon. We all wind up with different solutions, so whatever works.
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​I also love my Machingers gloves. They have great traction on the quilt and the open weave keeps my hands from sweating. I have tried garden gloves and the fingertips off rubber gloves but Machingers work best for me.
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I love my machingers too - I use one on my left hand when I piece, helps with lining up fabric pieces. Use both when I FMQ.
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I do agree the machingers are wonderful, garden gloves work ok, I like to buy this smaller so they fit snuggly. My favorite is Fons and Porter gloves! Those are the best ever!!
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I bought several pair of "one size fits all" gloves at the dollar store. They have those grips on the palms. Cheaper than the Machingers, and work on the same principle.
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I used garden gloves too, until I rubbed one against the wall and it left a mark the same color as the rubber on the glove. I think mine were the ultra cheap type you pick up in packs of 8... but if you use garden gloves, check to make sure the color doesn't rub off. Now I simply use machingers.
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