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Need advice for working with large pieces of fabric
Mon, Apr 11, 2016 10:02 PM
Posted by 406 Stitcher
I am currently working a project that is 295 x 207 stitches. Obviously the fabric is pretty big. I like to have my fabric pulled tight while I work, so I need some sort of hoop or frame. I prefer hoops because they keep the fabric tighter, but if the hoop is too small to go around the entire project area, it kind of frays the stitches that I've already made when I have to put the hoop over those stitches. (I hope I'm explaining that clearly enough!) And when I use the hoop, I have all that extra fabric flopping all over the place - it's pretty annoying!

I also have a frame, but I really don't like it. It's a wooden roller frame, and it's really hard to keep it tight, and the wood leaves little slivers all over the fabric. Does anyone have any advice? What is your preferred method to keep your fabric tight while you work? I think for now I'm just going to keep using the hoop until I fill it all in! Any advice anyone can offer will be much appreciated! This is the biggest and most intricate project I've ever tried, so I'm kinda diving in to the deep end here!

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    Reply from Grace Long
    Saturday, April 16, 2016 2:57 PM
    I like Q snaps for big projects. They hold the fabric very tightly. I find an 11" set about as big as I can use comfortably. When I have to put the frame over an already stitched area, I cover the stitching with tissue paper (some people use paper towels). Hop this helps you Go to top
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      Reply from 406 Stitcher
      Monday, April 18, 2016 11:54 PM
      Thanks! I just ordered one. And I love the tissue paper idea - that will really help! I'll let you know how it goes! :) Go to top
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        Reply from Grace Long
        Friday, April 22, 2016 3:16 PM
        I hope you like working with it. I bought one about 5 years ago to stitch a 22" x 1 Go to top
        • Reply from Grace Long
          Friday, April 22, 2016 3:19 PM
          sorry, that last reply got away from me. Wanted to say I bought my Q snap for a 22" x 16" project and it's worked really well for me Go to top
  • Reply from debby ann Jackson I
    Wednesday, April 20, 2016 10:53 PM
    I have two crosstitch pic.that are just to overwhelming for me to do.was wondering if you would be interested in having them.they are 30 pages front and back.I will lose a lot of money on them but I just hate to see them sit undone Go to top
  • Reply from Paul
    Friday, April 22, 2016 7:23 PM
    I to am working on a large project. I am also using a hoop. What I do for the flopping fabric. I roll up the top part and use one of my daughters large hair clips to hold it in place. I just finished a project that I used a frame for. I used the hair clip to hold the pattern to the frame so it was right next to were I was stitching. Go to top