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Quilting Frame vs. Quilting Hoop
Which one is best/easiest/recommended
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Date: 9/10/06 3:37 PM

Hi there,
I have finished up a few quilt tops, and am learning to machine quilt. I have one that I am working on that I KNOW I want to hand quilt. I am looking at the standing quilt hoops and also the quilting frames, but am not sure which would be best. Any advice you all have regarding ease of use, portability "storability," etc. would be very much appreciated. I anticipate that this will become an item that I will have for the "long haul," as I dearly love the hand-stitching aspect of quilting. Opinions????

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Date: 9/10/06 6:05 PM

I personally like what is called a lap hoop. Grace makes one and it is my favorite size. Jasmine and Hinterberg all have their version, too.

The sort that stands on the floor on a single pole, and the hoop rotates to accomodate you in a chair, is nice as well. I've used that type, but the lap hoop is more portable.

I have a Q-snap type floor frame, rectangular, and really do not like it. I can't turn the quilt around when I need to change direction of my quilting. Not many quilters I know used a stationary old-fashioned quilt frame any more. Besides, they tend to take up too much space in a room.

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Date: 9/10/06 10:16 PM

FWIW - Here is my advice-

1. If this is your first time handquilting - a hoop is the way to go. It allows you to position the quilt in a manner most comfortable to you. If you are unsure that you will love the process, then get an inexpensive hoop - q-snap or wood. If you hate the handwork, then you have not invensted a fortune. This is also the most portable option.

2. If you find that you love handquilting, then look at the more expensive hoops as mentioned by the other poster. They are lovely peices of furniture, that will also display your project when you are not working on it.

3. If handquilting is your next passion, then go for the floor model. In order to get the maximum use of it, you will need to learn to quilt in all directions using a finger and thumb. Even though the better models fold flat for storage, they will require 100-140" of floor length to set up. Since I handquilt for 6 hrs at a time everyday, I have a "no-baste" frame that my husband made ergonomically correct for me.

CAUTIONS: Options 1 & 2 require the top, batting and backing to be basted together before "hooping". This is commonly done by hand, but I have local longarmers who will do this step for a nominal fee.

I'll be glad to answer more questions.

Naomi

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Date: 9/11/06 1:26 AM

I think I've hand quilted on just about every type of hoop/frame ever invented. My personal fav is a modern 3-pole floor frame. They hold the quilt with uniform, but adjustable tension, yet no basting of the layers is required. The quilt never has to drag on the floor, so it can stay cleaner, and the edges are subjected to much less handling, fraying, or wear.

However, it ain't for everyone. First of all, they can be pricey and they take up a LOT of space. But the biggest tactical problem for most quilters is that they fix your quilt in position. Most hand quilters these days learn with a portable hoop, and constantly rotate their work so that they can always stitch in the direction most comfortable to them. Unless you are content with straight parallel quilting lines, you must adjust your technique so that you can stitch in all directions if you want to use a floor frame. I learned to quilt on a floor frame, using a traditional "thimble-shaped thimble", the metal kind with deep dimples all around its sides. I can stitch with equal competance towards my body, away from it, and from either side to side. I'd suggest that if you don't want to learn to stitch this way, that you not even consider a floor frame.

Jennifer in Calgary

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Date: 9/12/06 10:44 AM

Just to add another thought...

It's not absolutely necessary to have a frame or hoop. You can lap quilt. If you're not sure you even like hand quilting, this is a way to try it without any investment.

You'll need to baste or safety pin your quilt sandwich really well, of course. Also, this is probably best done in the winter, because you've got quilt all over your lap and legs while working.

As Jennifer, I can quilt in any direction, using a finger or thumb to push the needle. If you've never hand quilted before, I would recommend learning to do this, and learning the correct way. It's just so much better for your body, to be able to switch.

Just my 2 cents :)

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Date: 10/23/12 10:04 AM

Oops posted to wrong thread
-- Edited on 10/23/12 10:08 AM --

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