Saturday, July 17, 2010
My New Favorite Thing
I got a pair of these gloves for machine quilting today and I absolutely love them. I've tried gloves for quilting in the past without good success. They either didn't work any better than my bare hands, they were too hot, or I got frustrated because I had to take them off to do anything else like snip threads or pull out pins. I had none of those problems with these. If you want to try free-motion quilting or you are struggling with free-motion quilting, invest in a pair of these. They aren't that expensive. I got mine for $8.00 and that is a really good price. Most places are selling them for around $10, but they are worth it.
Another tool I'm using is the Free-Motion Slider. I bought it several years ago and wasn't impressed. I didn't have a large enough table for my sewing machine and didn't want to cut it to size because I had read people had trouble once they cut it. However, now that I have a larger flat surface for my machine I can tell a difference when I use it and when I don't. Now they are selling the Supreme Slider, but it looks just like an improved version of what I have.
My only complaint, and it really isn't the slider's fault, is that I have to remove it to change bobbins because of where the bobbin compartment is on my sewing machine. However, I think I have finally figured out how to tape it down securely so that I can just lift up the edge to access my bobbin compartment. These are a bit pricey, well, more than my impulse-spending limit. I paid $20 for my slider about 8 years ago but the Supreme Slider is selling for about $30.
I wouldn't say that the slider is a necessity for free-motion quilting, unlike the gloves, but it is really nice to have and does make a noticeable difference in the ease of movement of the quilt under the needle.
So, run out and buy a pair of Machingers Quilting Gloves right now. If you have the money, get the slider too.