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Thread: When Hand Quilting

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    Junior Member oldcottontop's Avatar
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    do you use a frame or do you let the quilt drape over your lap? If you use a frame, what type? Will the whole quilt fit in or just sections at a time? Just curious.

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    i am handquilting using an embroidery frame and it is taking quite a long time. Look forward to seeing other responses.

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    I use an 18 inch hoop find I get a more even backing and even stitches.

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    I have a large oval hoop on a stand and I find myself leaning over too much and I will get a back ache.

    I prefer a 12" to 18" embroidery hoop and I rest the quilt in my lap.

    I can not quilt without a frame, and I know some who can. My stitches are not even without one.

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    I have a floor frame. It only takes about 3' sections at a time and spins to adjust for the section needed.

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    I teach hand quilting and use the 14" No Slip Hoop by Morgan Company. It is sold at JoAnn's. It has a unique feature inside that helps keep the quilt secure. It can be used on large quilts.

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    I have tried a frame (multiple types) and I just cant do it.. :( I have to just lap quilt (drap over my lap).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Up North
    I use an 18 inch hoop find I get a more even backing and even stitches.
    I usually also use a 18" hoop too!!!

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    i use a morgan quilt hoop love it

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    I use a 14" (or maybe 16 or 18) hoop in my lap. I've done the 'no hoop' thing as well. I find I prefer using a lap hoop (kind of like an embroidery hoop but a wider edge) so I can find where I stopped! Don't really notice a difference in my stitch consistency with or without. I've never tried a lap or floor frame. Would be too much bending for me and not comfortable. I just sit in my recliner with my feet up and quilt away while watching the tube w/DH.

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    Big frame but I haven't hand quilted in quite a while. (My cat, Puss-nees, loved using the quilt as a hammock.)

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    I use no hoop, a finger cot on my thumb, and a leather thimble on my middle finger to pull the needle through when needed and it is very relaxing! I despise hoops...tried them, didn't like those at all! It takes practice but you can make even beautiful stitches without a hoop.

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    I have the EZ3 Grace frame. I used for 1 quilt so far. But since I am only 5 foot tall, it was very uncomfortable for me. I will try again on another quilt. I started out on a 14" quilting hoop but on the quilt I am working on now I am using a 12" quilting hoop. I like it better since I have short arms so don't over stretch. I bought 12" at Hancock's Fabric and believe it is a Dritz.

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    I have used them all I guess. I have a floor frame, floor hoop, different sizes in hoops you hold. I like all of them depending on what I am working on. The oval hoops are the most used for me.

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    I purchased a Laptop Hoop with sit on frame from Harry Barnett and love it. I have a few other hoops but this is the best one so far as I have short arms and the 12" frame works for me, the hoop spins so I don't have to get in those awful positions to quilt and no back pain.

    I guess I will be getting rid of those other frames eventually.

    Deb

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    I like the laptop hoop also. I have an Ulmer's frame that is really easy to use and nice but don't have a place now to set it up.

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    I work on a 18" hoop on a floor stand and it works great for me for all sizes of quilts. Because I can only quilt in one direction (towards my body) a frame is not suitable for me.

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