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Thread: Quilting Halo

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    I'm trying to teach myself FMQ & I saw this in Nancy's Notions catalog. It is kind of pricey--almost $25--and I'm wondering if it would be worth it. Or if just wearing gloves would be enough. Does anyone have one? What do you think? ~Judy

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    I want to try one too. One of our members here had one for sale a while back.

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    I bought a similar thing and thought it'd really help my FMQ but it got in my way.
    So I sold it and just use garden gloves with the little rubber nubs on the fingers and palms.
    But that's just me.
    Maybe it could help you.

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    Buy it here for $19. I have ordered from this site and have never had a problem. You can order one item or 100, you don't need a tax number.
    http://jhittlesewing.funoverload.com...new_items.html
    I almost gave up using it but I kept practicing and now I can free motion a small feather with ease.

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    I cannot achieve decent free motion quilting without it!!!

    To me it a halo is a must have, but some of my quilting friends detest the thing.

    Unfortunately, I think it is a absolutely love it or absolutely hate it situation.

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    I bought the one last week and will be using it. I have hard time with the gloves and hope this will help!

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    I used one and detested it......I use machingers gloves. They are lightweight and fit you hand perfectly.

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    I tried something similar and I just don't have the coordination to make it work for me. I unstead use a set of "winter" gloves I got a couple of years ago. They were like buy two sets for a dollar and they have little dimplely gripper things on them like the expensive gloves do. I seen someone had made a pair of these using fabric paint on a pair of gloves that fit their hands. All you have to do is put little dots on the palm and finger of each glove, let them lay flat to dry and then have at it!
    MAKE SURE THEY ARE 175% DRY BEFORE USING THEM ON YOUR QUILT! Or you will have unexpected dots on your beautiful quilt!

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    I like mine - it grabs the top and helps move it around. The drawback is that you have to stop and reposition it as it really isn't very big. I can really tell a difference in my FMQ if I forget to grab it in my excitement to get quilting.

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    In Paducah this spring I saw someone using one in a booth, well, she was using 3, stacked on top of each other. I didn't get a chance to ask her why she used so many.

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    I think the halo is pricey also. I have used the machingers, and I think it is really what you get used to. I bought some fabric grippers from the gypsy quilter (they make the gypsy gripper for your rulers) and got two sizes for less than the halo by itself. I like it okay but admit it does take some getting used to.

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    I saw the person using two and three at Paducah too. She said it gave her more grip and the fabric moved a tad at a time. It's made for small quilting designs, not any loop de loops.

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    Be sure that your machine bed is totally flat for this to work. I had a Bernina and it had a bit of a slope on the machine bed and the halo didn't sit on the entire surface so it didn't work.
    On one of my other online groups one of the very prolific quilters says she likes it for very close stippling and filler, what she calls 'nose to needle' quilting.
    I have not used it yet on my new machine, I do like using the Machingers brand of gloves.

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    Thanks for all your replys and for the link!

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