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Thread: Garden gloves for quilting

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    Garden gloves for quilting

    Cruising through the forum this afternoon I saw a comment from someone that used grippy garden gloves for quilting. I had gloves on my shopping list, but after seeing that comment I went out to the shed, opened a package of gloves I bought from Costco this past spring (but never used) and gave it a try. It works great! I can't find that post now - so just a general 'thank you' shout out - for this and all the other wonderful ideas shared on QB!

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    Garden gloves are very similar to Fons and Porters gloves for quilting. I don't see why they wouldn't work.
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    Garden gloves do work great for quilting! The grippy palms really help with control of the quilt while quilting.

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    I've used the $3 gardening gloves for years, but this year was fortunate to win a pair of the machingers (sp?) at retreat..... they are alot better & I have enjoyed them alot... BUT once they wear out I will probably go back to my old stretchy garden gloves with little rubber dots.

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    I use a pair of the rubber gloves like the doctors use, they are great for gripping the fabric !
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    Thanks for sharing this great tip!!

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    I have Machingers, I have Fons and Porter's, and I have surgical gloves as well as the gardening gloves. Guess what I use the most? The gardening gloves! When I figured out that I liked them better I went back to Home Depot and got 3 more pair. I also cut the fingertips off the surgical gloves and use them on my fingers to help grip and pull the needle through when I'm sewing binding or hand quilting.
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    Great tips ladies, thanks for sharing! I've got the garden gloves and am taking a class soon on FMQ so I will be sure and take these with me.
    I like the colors and designs better anyway!
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    I tried several different pair of gloves with the rubber grippers on them, but I couldn't find any that fit me as well as the machiner gloves that they sell. Good for you they work.
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    thanks for sharing these tips
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    I love my garden gloves for quilting. I also buy the rubber grip gloves at Harbor Freight for about $2.50.
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    I have used all kinds of gloves but I like the Machingers best. They are comfortable and fit great. They don't feel clumsy, I can pick up pins wearing them
    Got fabric?

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    I have also used the kind from the 99 cent store and they are 2 pairs for a buck
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    I have fairly small hands and never have found a pair of gloves that fit. I use finger cots from the office supply department at WM. They come in many sizes and I can usually find some that fit. I can't find a thimble to fit either. I usually make do with what I have and there is no way I will pay a lot for a custom thimble that I would probably loose as soon as I get it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by virtualbernie View Post
    I have Machingers, I have Fons and Porter's, and I have surgical gloves as well as the gardening gloves. Guess what I use the most? The gardening gloves! When I figured out that I liked them better I went back to Home Depot and got 3 more pair. I also cut the fingertips off the surgical gloves and use them on my fingers to help grip and pull the needle through when I'm sewing binding or hand quilting.
    Another great tip with cutting the fingertips off. I'll have to try that! I was hand sewing some binding last night and could totally see how this would help. Thanks for sharing!

    Laquita - enjoy the class! You're right about better colors and designs. Fortunately my pack from Costco had purple gloves which is my favorite color and matches the theme in my sewing room.

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    I personally like Machingers gloves. They come in all sizes and they just work best for me. I have used all of the above but settled on Machingers.

    I see that susie-susie-susie also has trouble getting her thimble to fit. Here is your solution: Tape on the inside of a thimble that is too large. I personally use medical cloth tape -- because I have it and it grips the finger well. It takes a little bit of time to get that tape inside the thimble (I usually cut narrow short strips and lay them in trimming where necessary). It is well worth the time and effort, and if you loose it you can make another.

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