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Margaret S25/04/2017 13:56:52
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My new toy. I have great difficulty with FMQ because of arthritis in my hands. I saw the Quilt Halo and thought it was worth a try. Basically it is a good weight metal ring covered in a PVC coating which lies on top of the quilt and lightly grips it. You use it with your hands flat to guide the quilt when doing FMQ. When you run out of quilting space you stop lift the ring and move it a little. It is not quite as easy for a novice to use as the video would suggest, but once you have mastered the technique it is easy to use. I use a slider sheet underneath. I am still not great at FMQ but no pain in my hands and very little in my neck and shoulders and my stitches are much more even in length.

Pros: No more gloves. No more gripping the quilt. Keep your hands flat. Pain free hands. Easy to lift and move to new position.

Cons: Quite expensive for basically a plastic covered ring. Need extra height lift on the presser foot arm in order to get the ring under it. Won't fit machines that do not have this extra lift. Some machines have extra kit around the presser foot arm which hits the ring if you get too close so slightly restricts the free space available for quilting. As the ring is 8" wide you need a wide enough bed to support the ring. I have my quilters' extension table on.

I am pleased with this bit of kit and hope to progress beyond squiggles!.

Margaret

 

Edited By Margaret S on 25/04/2017 14:06:06

rosemary Rosenfeld25/04/2017 14:17:30
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That looks really useful Margaret! I'v looked at all sorts of things including the various rulers but my machine is very basic...... no extra quilting table etc so my options are limited! Fortunately my shoulders/arms/hands are in good "nick" at the moment!

Best Rosemary

Sue 6226/04/2017 00:48:50
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This sounds great Margaret. I'll have to measure all the things you mention on my own machine. Sue* rose

Brenda in OZ26/04/2017 08:02:45
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​This is quite a coincidence Margaret. I bought a very similar thing at the quilt show on Sunday. Mine has a gap on the edge of the ring (not quite a complete circle) so it doesn't need to fit under your SM foot, you can place it in position by sliding the foot through the gap. It was available in two sizes, I bought the small one since I only have a standard bed width on my Bernina.

I will use it with​ my glider mat. I tried it out at the show and must admit I was quite impressed. It was expensive, $50 Australian which is about 25 UK pounds but if it works then it will be a good investment.

Brenda smiley

Fiona27/04/2017 17:44:51
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I have a ring somewhere that is more of a horseshoe with high sides that are shaped for gripping. It came with a second hand machine I bought years ago. I didn't really get on with it but I wasn't actually into quilting at the time! I wonder where I've put it??? Would possibly be an idea to bring it out again to try with my slider sheet as I've a problem with my arms and hands atm.

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