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« on: March 19, 2009 05:34:20 PM »

Okay,

Until I got on this board I'd never heard of Q-snaps.  I have since found them in my local craft stores, but the smallest I've found is 11" by 11".

Are they only for heavy fabrics like Aida or muslin? On small pieces like baby items or the corners of tea towels, how would they work?

Finally, do they stay in your lap without holding, so you can do needle-work two-handed, or do you need a frame for that?

Any enlightenment would be greatly appreciated!
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« Reply #1 on: March 19, 2009 06:16:32 PM »

There have been several thread about Q-Snaps. They are pretty much the only "hoop" I use now. I use them for my tea towels which are thin material and use them for material as thick as canvas. I have several sizes and my hand never cramps. The ones that I have are just like using a regular hoop. They do not leave hoop lines like a regular embroidery hoop does. I believe that they do make some that stand up but I just use the hand held ones.
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« Reply #2 on: March 20, 2009 06:15:41 AM »

I like my q-snap too.  And they DO make them smaller then 11 x 11 so look around more. The website says that 6 x 6 is the smallest so I guess if you are stitching on anything smaller than that then a "regular" circular hoop would have to be used. You can get pretty close to the edges of fabric too when if needed to stitch corners.  They do make lap stands but I also just use the handheld kind. 

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« Reply #3 on: March 20, 2009 02:36:45 PM »

Thanks, fibre & kitty, I will ask my Mary Maxim to order an 8" x 8" for me and see how I like it!

Thanks again!
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« Reply #4 on: June 11, 2009 04:23:15 AM »

Lisa,

don't mean to revive a necro'd thread, but did you get those q-snaps? I have been curious about them - I'm a little skerred to leave my hoops - but wanted to know what you thought. I love my hoops in that they're very small & portable, but I'm gettin' tired of marks.

I guess my biggest question is - do Q Snaps keep the material taut? I like my working space as tight as possible! Can they be clamped onto a floor stand?
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« Reply #5 on: June 11, 2009 08:05:50 AM »

If you are using thinner fabrics with your q-snaps, and they are slipping out, you can cut strips of flannel or terry cloth and put them under the clamp with the fabric.
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« Reply #6 on: June 11, 2009 08:07:12 AM »

My old Q-snap stretched a little so I heated up the clips with a hair dryer and molded them back into place.
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« Reply #7 on: June 11, 2009 07:26:12 PM »

To answer K, I just bought one for myself about 3 weeks ago, and have not used it yet because I've found that KittyKill's advice is dead on;

When you work with lightweight fabrics (muslin, tea towels, etc.) the Q-Snaps sometimes fail to hold the fabric taut.  They're most helpful with thicker fabrics and quilt pieces and they are very smooth and gentle on your fabric.

I'm with you in that I hate the marks and the stretching you get with wood or plastic hoops!  I've said this in other threads....would some manufacturer PLEASE bring back the stainless steel hoops with the springs.  They left marks, but your fabric was as taut as a drum head!

Kitty and other veteran stitchers out here swear by Q-snaps, and thanks for the flannel tip, Kitty!

I've found them at my local craft store, Jo Ann Fabrics and Hobby Lobby.  They're a wee bit pricey (smalls start at $8 here) so I would buy a smallish one with a coupon (that's what I did) and see if you like it!

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« Reply #8 on: June 15, 2009 03:32:36 PM »

My old Q-snap stretched a little so I heated up the clips with a hair dryer and molded them back into place.

YOU ARE A GENIUS... *runs to find someone with a hair dryer*
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« Reply #9 on: June 17, 2009 03:21:34 PM »

My old Q-snap stretched a little so I heated up the clips with a hair dryer and molded them back into place.

I stick mine in the silverware tray in my dishwasher to do the same thing. Smiley

I LOVE my Q-Snaps. I will never ever go back to hoops. I stitch so much faster on the Q-Snaps and even faster than that with my new floor stand.
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