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    Quilting with gardening gloves

    One of the great things about these boards are all the tips I pick up, and I just wanted to say that one of the great ones was to use gloves when quilting. Maybe it was specifically for FMQ, but I've used them for regular old SITD and straight line quilting, and they make it so much easier to move the quilt.

    I use rubbery garden gloves (I think they're nitrile) and they work great! Thanks everyone for this and all the great tips!

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    great idea. anything that helps make things easier.

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    I have always used gardening gloves with the little rubber nubs. They hold up very well and work well for me. I have several pairs in reserve.
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    I'm using garden gloves as well!
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    Yes, I use gardening gloves for FMQ - and at the moment I am wearing them when I use some crutches as I have recently had a hip replacement and the palms of my hands were getting sore ! They work wonders !!LOL.

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    If you like gardening gloves, you will be amazed at how much better Machingers are for free motion. They're not very expensive, but they really do fit better and give you better control.

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    I use gardening gloves for changing my rotary blades, less chance of getting cut...works great...

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    Just don't use cheap gloves. I was lucky that the red that rubbed off of the little nubs did not transfer to the quilt (green, pale pink and white),just onto the surface of my machine, but I was able to get it cleaned off.

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    I have some called 'grabaroos' that I like quite well for this purpose. I do think they are helpful for controlling the quilt as I machine quilt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dunster View Post
    If you like gardening gloves, you will be amazed at how much better Machingers are for free motion. They're not very expensive, but they really do fit better and give you better control.
    I agree 100%. Was surprised to see the price and snatched them up right away. And I love them.

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    I too love Machingers over gardening gloves. I have small hands so finding garden gloves that fit is a challenge but the Machingers are so much more light weight and nimble plus my hands don't get hot in them. I'll never use anything else. Well worth every cent more that I paid for them.

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    I use garden gloves from the $ store. They are a little stretchy with the small nubs on the bottom. I cut off the tips so my fingertips can feel the material. Works for me

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    Quote Originally Posted by dunster View Post
    If you like gardening gloves, you will be amazed at how much better Machingers are for free motion. They're not very expensive, but they really do fit better and give you better control.
    I love my Machingers gloves! They make FMQ so much easier.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dunster View Post
    If you like gardening gloves, you will be amazed at how much better Machingers are for free motion. They're not very expensive, but they really do fit better and give you better control.
    I agree and they also go through the laundry nicely when they need to be cleaned.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dunster View Post
    If you like gardening gloves, you will be amazed at how much better Machingers are for free motion. They're not very expensive, but they really do fit better and give you better control.
    Thanks, I'll look for them the next time I'm in a LQS. And before anyone says anything, I know they're available online, but I try to shop local when I can.

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    Read the tag attached to Nitrile gloves. Cancer warning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dunster View Post
    If you like gardening gloves, you will be amazed at how much better Machingers are for free motion. They're not very expensive, but they really do fit better and give you better control.
    I agree. Machingers are the best I have used and they fit. The pair I'm using now are about 5 years old. They have been washed and air dried many times. I think I paid about $8 for the last new pair I bought for a guild door prize.
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    my garden gloves are orange... they make me happy as i fmq
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    I have tried several different quilting gloves and by far my favorite are Wonder Grips by Bellingham. Also supposed to be safety for cutting. Most comfortable and best grip for quilting.

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    I thought wearing gloves for quilting would make it harder to do not easier - until I tried it.
    Now I love my quilting gloves!

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    Yep, I love mine for many other things such as getting lids off some jars!
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    Many years I used the gardening gloves to quilt with thinking it was the same, but, I am here to tell you the gloves are heads above in the feel and performance. In comparing the price, there is very little difference in the price I was paying for the gardening ones and the sale price I got on the machingers.
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    There is a lady on Craftsy (Christina Cameli?) who FMQ's with gardening gloves with the index fingers cut out. She does amazing work.
    I bought Machingers, too and they are fantastic. Make sure to get the proper size. I didn't know they were so washable. I was afraid they would become unsticky. I'll have to do that as they are looking a bit dingy after a few black quilts.

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