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Thread: Teflon "slider" sheets - even remotely worth the price?

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    I'm going to try the MinWax idea, thanks for sharing that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BeckyPotter View Post
    I bought an oven liner mat at Wal-Mart for 5.00. Cut the hole for the needle , taped under the machine.
    Could you someone describe this oven liner that they purchased instead of the Supreme Slider. I have never seen or heard of such a thing. That does it look like & where besides WalMart can it be purchased. I live in Canada. Would appreciate any help that I can get.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Prism99 View Post
    I got rid of the neck and shoulder fatigue problem by quilting standing up. I place my machine on my cutting table. It is even better now that I have a styrofoam table surround for this setup -- creates a nice flat area. However, I still think the biggest help is standing up. My shoulders stay low and relaxed that way.
    You can also get the better shoulder ergonomics by getting a chair that lets you sit higher. I use an adjustable drafting chair ... one setting for regular piecing/sewing and a little higher when I am FMQ or SITD etc.
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    I use a silcone spray that makes the surface that I am working on very slick. It is not sticky and
    I have not had any problems with whatever surface I spray it on. You don't have to wash it off, it
    eventually goes away.

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    I'm quilting small quilt now and wondering about how it could be easier. Wow, was that an eye-opener. I'm off to find an oven liner. LOL.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Treasureit View Post
    Here is one topic on this subject that might be helpful. I know there were others I have seen too...try searching for slider or teflon slider. http://www.quiltingboard.com/main-f1...n-t146420.html

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    What about using freezer paper? I haven't tried it but it seems slick enough on the one side. Then cut the needle and / or bobbin hole. Just thinking.
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    I think that if my machine was in a built in desk my slider would work great, however not having a built in I find that my project gets stuck on the edge of the slider.
    Prior to getting the slider I cut a hold in a piece of parchment (for the needle down) and wrapped it under the machine and taped it well so there were no edges (kind of like wrapping a gift around the entire base) This worked great but eventually got torn.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steady Stiching View Post
    I think that if my machine was in a built in desk my slider would work great, however not having a built in I find that my project gets stuck on the edge of the slider.
    Prior to getting the slider I cut a hold in a piece of parchment (for the needle down) and wrapped it under the machine and taped it well so there were no edges (kind of like wrapping a gift around the entire base) This worked great but eventually got torn.
    I read somewhere about using a plastic tablecloth. Has anyone tried this? I have been thinking about trying this.
    Last edited by kyrose; 08-28-2012 at 05:49 AM.

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    I bought one for free motion quilting, but found my fabric always got stuck on the edge of my extension table. The last quilt I fmq'd I moved my machine and extension table to the dining room. I bought an inexpensive flannel backed vinyl tablecloth and cut a small hole in it for my needle. I then used three large black office clamps and pulled the table cloth taut on three edges of my dining table. My quilt slid easily and never got caught. I wish I had thought of this idea sooner!
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    I did buy the Sew Slip. Much like the Supreme Slider. I don't care for it because my quilt tended to pull the edge of the slider thingie up and so it caused more trouble than without it - My sewing machine bed is very slippery anyway and my acrylic extension table is flush with my sewing table except for about 1/4" so I have no trouble without a slider - the idea of using the silicon kitchen mat thing is genius! I just saw a very large roll of that at the Kitchen Outlet. On the other hand, lots of folks LOVE the Sliders. Good luck whatever you decide.

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    I have it and love it. I followed Leah Day's advice and taped it down and it's been a great help to me.

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    Try using a Silicone Spray. I spray my whole table, and it's nice and slippery. I spray my presser feet too. It won't hurt fabric, and is washable. It dries right away too. I use it in my kitchen on my counter tops too. It makes them shine. I get the "Misty Silicone Spray". you can get it at any fabric store. I ordered a whole case of it on line. I use it for everything. Try it and if it doesn't work, them try the silicone sheet.

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    Yes, I use mine all the time. If I forget I am reminded by the drag factor. It makes a big difference. I use it for full size quilts, small quilts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by callen View Post
    Could you someone describe this oven liner that they purchased instead of the Supreme Slider. I have never seen or heard of such a thing. That does it look like & where besides WalMart can it be purchased. I live in Canada. Would appreciate any help that I can get.
    Here is a picture; the Teflon coated oven liner is the steel grey thing. Since I have vinyl over all the pink styrofoam with which I've surrounded my machine, my oven liner would not stay put without the rubber shelf/drawer liner stuff taped to its bottom. The rubber shelf liner also adds weight, which I like, to the oven liner. I bought the oven liner at Bed, Bath, & Beyond, but don't know if they have stores in Canada.Name:  FMQ Setup2.jpg
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    i got my telfon oven liner at Target in the baking area.....it was meant to be put on the bottom of the oven for spills from baking.....it is not the one that would go into a cookie sheet, that one (which I also have) is more rubbery and not near as slick....
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    I bought a teflon liner for the oven at walmart for $5 and that seems to help also. Give it a try

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    I have one for both the machined I quilt upon. I have learned that it needs to be taped to the flat surface so that it won't slide. I had neck and shoulder problems before, but I don't have then now when I quilt because I don't seem to have to fight the quilt as much.

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    The wax or silicone spray will break down plastic over time. I wouldn't put it on my ext table for the long term.
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    Quote Originally Posted by schwanton View Post
    I bought one for free motion quilting, but found my fabric always got stuck on the edge of my extension table. The last quilt I fmq'd I moved my machine and extension table to the dining room. I bought an inexpensive flannel backed vinyl tablecloth and cut a small hole in it for my needle. I then used three large black office clamps and pulled the table cloth taut on three edges of my dining table. My quilt slid easily and never got caught. I wish I had thought of this idea sooner!
    This is clever! My quilts also get hung up as the move from the Sew Steady extension table down to the tabletop. I’ll give it a try. I like Weezie’s setup, but my Pfaff has a vertical bobbin so I’d be moving the foam a lot.

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    I get clear vinyl from Wal-Mart and put it over my machine and part of a table so the quilt can slide right along. i make just a small hole for the needle to come through and then use shipping tape to keep the vinyl in place. T
    he vinyl is very affordable and is quite wide so when one gets too tacky looking just take it off and replace with a new piece. It comes in different thicknesses, most will work. Hope you try this and good luck.

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    I never had luck with the Teflon slider either, but if your shoulders hurt, make sure your machine is at the correct height. Sometimes, with a machine sitting on a table rather than in a cabinet will be too high. Your elbows should ideally bend at a 90 degree angle, and lay flat on the quilting surface. You shouldnt have to hold your arms UP
    to reach the quilting surface. I KNOW mine is too high , so I know why my shoulders hurt!

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    My SO brought home a huge sheet of teflon that is used where he works. I cut the hole out, and it does stick down with carpet tape. I like it. I use it with a weighted ring so the thing slides like it should. I wasn't going to spend what they wanted for a manufactured one. And now I don't have to.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sewnoma View Post
    I get neck & shoulder fatigue when I'm quilting, even with wearing grippy gloves, so I'm debating trying out one of those stick-on teflon slider sheets for my machine. But they're so darn expensive!!

    Are they even remotely worth the price? Do they help that much? I swear it'd almost be cheaper just to get a massage after I'm done sewing for the night!

    Anybody have any other tips or tricks that might help? I try to remember to relax and rotate my shoulders periodically but I tend to focus so much on what I'm sewing that I completely forget everything else. I even tried a timer but I just slap the off button and keep sewing, because it goes off at just the "wrong" time, every time! LOL
    i thought the slider was a pain in the neck.

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    Wow, thanks for all the info & feedback! You guys are awesome.

    I like the rubber stopper idea, I think I'll try that (I have some cork chunks laying around that I think I can use) - although I have an extension table so I'll have to see how that works out. I also have a lot of parchment paper and vinyl on hand so I'll try those too! Might as well try all the 'free' options first!! I like the idea of sort of "tenting" the machine base so there aren't any corners for anything to catch on - I do tend to get hooked up on the edge of my extension table so even aside from the "slip" issue that will probably make my life a little easier.

    I did make sure to set up my machine at the right height, I work at a computer all day too so I'm very "keen" on ergonomics and fully appreciate things like having a proper chair, good arm position, foot support, etc. I built a custom desk and set myself up pretty well in that department. I can piece for hours and feel fine, it's quilting specifically that gets to me.

    Partially I think I might be clenching up because the quilting step makes me a little nervous (it's so visible!), but I think it's also just from the non-stop pushing of a heavy quilt around. I don't have enough space for a large table to spread out on so my quit ends up pretty bunched up and heavy-feeling. Gloves helped so I don't have to grab fitstfulls of fabric anymore but I still really feel it in my neck/shoulders because I have to push down and forward to keep up with the needle.

    Maybe I just need to take breaks more. But that's no fun!

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    I say yes, yes, yes, yes. I struggled for years trying to free motion, just couldn't get it, always looked horrible. Then I saw the slider at a quilt show, bought it & boom, all of a sudden free motion clicked in. It was a tool that made it possible. I used that slider til I actually wore it out (after a couple of years), caught it under the needle a few too many times. I was going to get another one then realized I no longer needed it, my hands, brain, movement finally worked to gether for free motion-and easily, no shoulder or hand pain, just easy movement. Go for it, well worth it.
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