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machingers gloves or not?

Old 02-28-2011, 05:47 PM
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Try taping the corners of the slider down, and instead of machingers, try the one size fits all gloves from the dollar store that have the little gripper dots on them. That is what I use, and could not be happier. And, for a buck, if you hate them, they can still keep you warm!
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Old 02-28-2011, 05:58 PM
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I've had a pair of Machingers along with other brands. The Machingers give me the best control, and my hands don't tire as fast.
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Old 02-28-2011, 06:14 PM
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machinger gloves is what i use and i love them , but they wont help the drag by themself, and as far as the slider goes i dont think it is that great either i had one and dont use it,what you need to do to help with the drag is surround yourself with tables so the quilt has room to lay on the table and not hang over try to get as big of room on the left side and the back of your machine as you can you will see the differance, instead of buying a slider get one of those teflon mats you can use in the oven , i bought mine at Menards for 2.00 it works just as good and is disposable when you happen to ruin it !!!
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Old 02-28-2011, 06:22 PM
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Ive done FMQ with the gloves and without the gloves I feel it goes much easier with the gloves
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Old 02-28-2011, 06:23 PM
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You're lucky it was only $30 - try $150...

The rubber gloves are good, but i find my hands sweat and peel in them. They are annoying in that they have to come off to re - thread needles and then they are wet and clammy to put back on (for me). The machingers are too big for the tips of my fingers and come off (I even sewed on onto my quilt once). So I have found that Philippa Naylor's method of using the small rubbery non slip mats that you put under bowls and glasses are the best. You just sit them on top of your work, hand on top and push. They are easily lifted and put into position again. If you can't find the small ones, just cut up one of the bigger ones that are about the size of a place mat. The have a lot of little holes in them, like a grid pattern.
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Old 02-28-2011, 06:51 PM
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Thanks for mentioning this I was going to give it a try and now I definately will. I also saw gloves in the local market yesterday that a for cleaning but they have an almost velco type feel.

Originally Posted by LivelyLady
I have to use gloves. I have the ones from Fons & Porter, but also have a pair of cheap garden gloves with the nubs on the underneath which work as well as the expensive ones. It makes a world of difference :D :D
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Old 02-28-2011, 07:25 PM
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I think that regular gardening gloves, with a "nubby" surface work every bit as well and cost far less----dave your $$ for fabric!
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Old 02-28-2011, 07:55 PM
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I had been taking all my tops to a wonderful L-A quilter - but it started getting way too expensive, even though her prices are good. Last summer I made 22 lap quilts (for great nieces & nephews and for friends's kids going to college.) They cost anywhere from $48 - $58, so you do the math. For baby quilts or laps I am now trying to do the quilting myself. I was having a problem with neck and back strain and slippage. I bought some of the gloves from Clothilde and I LOVE Them. They really helped me. Good luck! M.E.
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Old 02-28-2011, 08:52 PM
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Originally Posted by Kat Sews
I use gardening gloves with little dots on them from the dollar tree. This would be a cheap way to see if they are going to help without spending much money.
Ditto...that's where I bought my gloves and they make a world of difference. With the gloves on you don't have to grab your quilt to move it around while you are FMQing. You just spread your hands out on top of the quilt and easily guide the quilt as you are stitching. I find that with the gloves I don't tense up as much either so there is very little achiness and muscle fatigue afterwards. Machingers might be a bit better but a lot more expensive than a dollar :)
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Old 02-28-2011, 10:06 PM
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Originally Posted by damaquilts
Ok you convinced me . I just went to ebay and bought a pair. 7.94 with free shipping. From what I saw on line thats not too bad. Of course I now have $4 in my checking account LOL
you will love the Machingers! $9 LQS. try "puddling" your
quilt around your machine when you quilt instead of stretching it our. less chance of the quilt getting caught on the edge of your machine. if you are quilting with just the surface of a free-arm machine, or without some kind of table,
your quilt can gently tug with the weight & put pull on the sewing area. keep it really loose all around.
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