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Old 05-08-2013, 05:39 PM
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I just tried hand-quilting for the first time tonight and am already frustrated . What would you say is the most important tool in hand-quilting? My thimble doesn't feel comfortable and the frame I'm using seems way to cumbersome. Any tips on tools to use? What size frame/hoop do you use? I've got a plastic, white square thing.... maybe it was a bad choice.
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I love my Roxanne's thimble although they are expensive. The best thing that I ever did was take a class from Dedrie McElroy! She is an amazing teacher.
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I learned to use a thimble. We just had a discussion on types and some people don't use them. I use a wooden round hoop. I think it is about 18" across. You will get a lot of really helpful info here. For me it was practice to feel comfortable with it and to get small uniform stitches. I'm sure my stitches could be smaller but uniformity is your first goal. Good luck with it. I'll be watching too for more help.
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Originally Posted by Stitchnripper View Post
I learned to use a thimble. We just had a discussion on types and some people don't use them. I use a wooden round hoop. I think it is about 18" across. You will get a lot of really helpful info here. For me it was practice to feel comfortable with it and to get small uniform stitches. I'm sure my stitches could be smaller but uniformity is your first goal. Good luck with it. I'll be watching too for more help.
Did you start out with an 18" hoop? I think mine is a q-snap 17". Would I be better off to start with a smaller hoop? And I don't want the fabric drum-tight, right?
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Originally Posted by Dotha View Post
I love my Roxanne's thimble although they are expensive. The best thing that I ever did was take a class from Dedrie McElroy! She is an amazing teacher.
Will have to do some searching......thank you!
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Did you start out with an 18" hoop? I think mine is a q-snap 17". Would I be better off to start with a smaller hoop? And I don't want the fabric drum-tight, right?
I am not an expert but I think you have to be comfortable with your set up. And yes you need some "give" in your quilt. Some people use frames, floor hoops, big hoops, small hoops, or no hoops. Play around with it all and see what works best for you. It is something to get used to but will happen with practice. You might look at you tube for videos and use the search function on this board to see what's out there.
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I took a hand quilting class from Roxanne McElroy, Dierdra McElroy's mother!

The type of thimble you use is important. Personal choice varies, but for starting out I highly recommend a thimble that has a high ridge around the edge and dimples deep enough for your needle to stay in the dimple. Most thimbles that are sold routinely in stores are made for hand sewing; quilting requirements for a thimble are different. For a long time my favorite thimble was made of both metal and leather; leather surrounding the finger, and the deep ridge of metal for the tip (and I think the metal part was two colors). I got mine in a quilt shop. If I can find a picture, I will post it.

The other thing that really helps is having a lap hoop with a swiveling top. Mine is no longer made, but the closest thing to it is the one from Grace company:
http://www.graceframe.com/site/hoops/laphoops
The hoop sits in your lap so both hands are free for quilting, and the swivel & tilt features mean you can easily adjust the angle to suit your style. If I couldn't get one of these, I would opt for a floor hoop.
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I took a hand quilting class from Roxanne McElroy, Dierdra McElroy's mother!

The type of thimble you use is important. Personal choice varies, but for starting out I highly recommend a thimble that has a high ridge around the edge and dimples deep enough for your needle to stay in the dimple. Most thimbles that are sold routinely in stores are made for hand sewing; quilting requirements for a thimble are different. For a long time my favorite thimble was made of both metal and leather; leather surrounding the finger, and the deep ridge of metal for the tip (and I think the metal part was two colors). I got mine in a quilt shop. If I can find a picture, I will post it.

The other thing that really helps is having a lap hoop with a swiveling top. Mine is no longer made, but the closest thing to it is the one from Grace company:
http://www.graceframe.com/site/hoops/laphoops
The hoop sits in your lap so both hands are free for quilting, and the swivel & tilt features mean you can easily adjust the angle to suit your style. If I couldn't get one of these, I would opt for a floor hoop.
Is this the type you are talking about? http://www.joann.com/protect-grip-th...prd_02408714a/
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Is this the type you are talking about? http://www.joann.com/protect-grip-th...prd_02408714a/
Yes, this is the type thimble she means. Clover brand is a good one.

By the way, you might try a 14" wooden hoop and sit where you can lean the top edge of it on a table in front of you. Sometimes I use a a portable table that can be height adjusted. When I was younger and more limber I used to sit with one leg/foot up in the chair with my knee leaning against the arm and the hoop propped on my knee. http://www.amazon.com/Edmunds-14-Inc.../dp/B001685S8Y

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Well, my thimble is leather rather than rubber and the metal part looks somewhat different from the photo. I haven't found mine online; not sure it is made anymore. In the link below, "B" is the thimble that looks the most like mine, except mine has leather around the finger instead of metal:
http://www.quiltuniversity.com/w/HandQuilting.htm

I bought the McElroy thimble but never learned to use it easily. A lot depends on whether you are more comfortable using the side of your finger, the pad of your finger, or the tip of your finger. I prefer pushing the needle with the tip of my finger, which is why I like the type of thimble I described. I used the same thimble underneath because the ridge does a good job of pushing the quilt sandwich up for the needle.

A common beginner's mistake is to hoop your quilt too tight, like a drum. There should actually be a lot of "give" in the hoop. Roxanne told us to hoop loosely, so we could fit a fist into the center of the hoop. This looseness allows you to manipulate the quilt sandwich up and down so you can "load" the needle with stitches.

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