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Who wears quilting gloves?
HomespunMary Send a Message
Sweden, EU
I just tried quilting using a pair of quilting gloves for the first time (Machingers, ordered at the QIAD internet store), and can't decide if I like it better than "bare-handed machine quilting" or not... I've kept taking the gloves on and off repeatedly, to try to feel the difference. Wearing them does indeed give a slightly better "grip" of the quilt, but I also think they take away a bit of the feeling of what's going on with the quilt top. I mean, I think it is harder to feel for instance if the backing is laying perfectly straight, or if the top is being pulled more than necessary. Perhaps it just takes a bit of time to get used to them...?

Would be fun to hear your thoughts on quilting gloves! Do you like them?
8/18/2007 5:50:34 AM
I have never tried them, interested in hearing what others have to say about them.
8/18/2007 6:36:12 AM
kadie Send a Message

I only hand quilt (I have the calluses to prove it!)so I have no knowledge of the gloves.
How did your weekend go when you gave the sailboat quilt to your friend? I bet they loved it!
8/18/2007 6:55:42 AM
HomespunMary Send a Message
Sweden, EU
kadie, I so admire anyone who hand quilts, you must have the patience of an angel... I get impatient even when quilting on the machine...:-)

The weekend went well - I just posted about it in the Photo section.
8/18/2007 8:00:21 AM
stormy Send a Message
kernville CA
My hands are so old and dry I need something with a bit of grip. I actually use garden gloves with the bumpies on them. They're easier to get on and off than the 'made for quilting' gloves. Had a pair of quilting gloves and wore out the fingertips in a short period of time.
8/18/2007 4:25:22 PM
CoyoteQuilts Send a Message
Cottontown, TN
Thought about them, but money going for other things. I think I would try an inexpensive pair of garden gloves first, to test. :) S
8/18/2007 5:50:22 PM
ipquilter Send a Message
somewhere else
I used gloves for the first time a few weeks ago. I bought gardening gloves like stormy. I liked them alot. The price was right!
8/18/2007 5:52:24 PM
I am a machine quilter. I always use Machingers. I LOVE them. I have used them for years.

It may feel odd to wear gloves if you haven't before, but I think that if you give it some time (several hours), you will find it worthwhile. I also feel that gloves can help to relieve stress on your arms, shoulders, neck & back when machine quilting.
8/18/2007 6:06:47 PM
HomespunMary Send a Message
Sweden, EU
Actually, I too first bought a pair of garden gloves, but they had green rubber "dots" on them, and before using them I tried to touch a piece of white fabric with them and the green color quite immediately transfered to the fabric... So, I never tried quilting with them. Those of you who plan to try garden gloves, try to find ones with white dots on them....

After my post yesterday, I used the Machingers for another couple of hours (eventually finishing all the quilting on the baby quilt I'm working on - yippee!) and I must say they grow on you! I liked them more and more... So I think you're right, MastiffMomQlt, it just takes a while to get used to them. Also, I hope you're right about how they may help relieve stress on the shoulders and neck. I only just started to free motion machine quilt, and still keep my shoulders somewhere above ear level - LOL - and that really causes a lot of pain in my neck after a few hours... Am hoping I will get more relaxed with some more practice....

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8/19/2007 2:43:16 AM
sewbug Send a Message
Right Here
I use the smoother sandpaper. I cut the paper into about 4 inch squares and use one under each hand, rough side down, to move the quilt. It is the best method I've found for me. No slippage at all.
8/19/2007 10:49:52 AM
HomespunMary, about the tension in your shoulders & neck..... make sure that you check your posture & BREATH. Get up & stretch your muscles every 45 min that you are sitting at your machine. Put some music on with a good beat & you will find that you will have become a free motion quilting master in no time. Well, about 30 hours of practice will help you to feel proficient also.

When I was learing to free motion, I would cut squares about the size of a fat quarter (backing, batting & top) & would practice. That size was really easy to manipulate & build coordination moving the fabric.

I think the most important thing is that you want to learn. If think you can, you will :)
8/19/2007 2:35:41 PM
Nadine2007 Send a Message
Warrenton, Mo.
I do use the quilting gloves when I quilt on my home machine and I love them it helps me keep the quilt moving. I have never had any problems with lumps or bumps or whatever with the back of the quilt. I watched a simply quilts show where the lady showed us to fluff the quilt frequently when quilting and I think this also helps.
8/19/2007 7:48:39 PM
sewbug Send a Message
Right Here
Yes, sitting perfectly straight is a must. I learned to sit rim rod straight when I am sitting at the machine, no back, neck or shoulder tension at all. Never lean in with your neck and shoulders or you will hurt later.
8/20/2007 6:37:54 AM
8/21/2007 8:43:28 AM
ScrapQuilter Send a Message
I am really glad someone suggested Machingers to me. I love them. A good fit is essential.
8/21/2007 9:39:07 PM
SewSew Send a Message
aka "DewDew"
I love quilting with my gloves on. I find I have more control of the fabric and since I have arthritis in my hands it is less of a strain on my joints.

I use a pair of garden gloves and they work just fine. I am not sure what brand they are but they are white stretch fabric with blue rubberized palms and fingers. I bought them at Home Depot a few months ago and I have quilted all colors of fabric including whie fabric and have had no problem with color rubbing off.

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8/23/2007 6:13:01 AM
naniyosie Send a Message
I can't quilt without them.
8/23/2007 1:35:28 PM
rjcravy Send a Message
Lubbock, Tx
They use them a lot on the Fons and Porter Show.
9/7/2007 9:19:12 PM
QuiltinKay Send a Message
Have to confess never heard of Machingers until reading this, but have used the good old garden gloves for years. Now I will check the Machingers they may fit the hands better than the ones I'm using. They do make it easier to keep the fabric moving evenly.
9/9/2007 5:05:03 AM
towens71 Send a Message
I used my F&P gloves for the first time this weekend and I wonder why I haven't used them before. Any glove that helps me move the quilt and keep the stress off my wrists, shoulders and neck is alright with me! I also have RA and certainly don't feel the pain this morning. They were about $3.00 @ Hobby Lobby, but Joanns has them too I think.
Great investment!

10/22/2007 7:17:43 AM
quilterbee Send a Message
Before I got my frame I used Machingers and using them really takes the strain off your shoulders and back. Amie
10/22/2007 7:20:24 AM
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