Introduced to using this by teacher from the Royal Needlework school. Love the 2-hands-free advantage, sturdy build, adjustable height. Only wish I could locate different size hoops for it -- some projects are too small -- but the one that comes with it is good for most pieces.
I'm happy I tried Q-Snaps and would definitely recommend it for anyone that does needlework. The 8" leaves about 6 inches of workable space wherever it's placed. I put a strip of felt under the snaps but they don't crush my finished stitches at all and hold the work VERY tight.
This is a really solid frame for cross-stitch or embroidery. There is room for improvement, however, which is why I gave it 4 stars instead of 5. Several of the knobs that attach the pieces together aren't threaded straight so they go on at an angle and therefore don't hold the frame together as tight as I would like it. I use American Dream frames otherwise and haven't had this problem before so hope it is a one-off; I was able to swap the other scroll rods out with no problem and am using this as a 36" table frame now. The attachment knobs, dowels as scroll rods, and frame pieces are all different colors which don't affect the functionality, just the appearance. The frame pieces are very solid and well constructed. As always, the velcro attachment system with the American Dream products applies easily and permanently to your projects. My biggest gripe with this frame is I have to keep a screwdriver with it so I can tighten the frame in place at an angle I like it, otherwise, it keeps flopping around and making it really fiddly to work with. Trying to tighten it by hand doesn't help, as the screw just turns endlessly, so you have to be able to hold it in place. Eventually it does work loose, even with minimal fuss -- I stitch with my right hand below the fabric and my left above, so I don't knock the frame a lot and I stitch on a table, so it doesn't get moved often either -- and I still need to retighten again at the angle I like several times during a stitching session. I wish there was a nut or something I could hold that would make it so I didn't have to keep a screwdriver in my stitching kit or that the screws would hold better in the knobs...or maybe that the knobs weren't cross-threaded so they would hold better. Not sure which is causing the problem but it does exist, though it isn't fatal to the design or function just more of an annoyance. Overall, much nicer than using a hoop or having to hold a scroll frame by hand. I couldn't find anywhere, even with coupons, that could beat Overstock's price at the time I ordered, so I'm still pleased with my purchase.
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