Grip & Stitch™ free motion quilting disks
July 16, 2013 § 28 Comments
Ellen, a friend in my sewing group developed these Grip & Stitch™ quilting disks. And I have been promising her that I would post a review on my blog for some time now. Since I have a number of quilt tops waiting to be quilted I figured I’d better do as I said I was going to do. Right?
What I have been free-motion quilting with in the past are these garden gloves. If you are not a fan of gloves, or your hands get too hot, or you struggle with gripping your quilt while free-motion quilting, then you may want to try out these quilting disks.
The disks are made of two different kinds of foam; one on the top & the other on the bottom. Use either side to grip the quilt, but I’ve found that the black foam seems more grippy. Maybe even more grippy than my garden gloves? Place the large disk in your left hand and on the outside of the sewing machine & the smaller disk in your right hand and on the inside of the sewing machine. Then move your fabric as usual to free-motion quilt.
I think one of the major benefits of these disks is that it is easier to stop to pull out pins and then start again. No more fumbling with pulling off a glove so that you can remove a basting pin. They are so easy to pick up and move. I’m not the greatest when it comes to starting & stopping. I need a lot more practice! But I can see that after quilting nearly half of my quilt, I am improving.
The other major benefit of these disks is that my hands don’t get tired from trying to grip the fabric. Instead, the disks are doing the gripping for me. Which translates into a more relaxed posture all the way around when free-motion quilting. My shoulders don’t get as tense and I seem to be sitting up straighter so my back isn’t slouching over either! Less tension & back stress is always good.
The only struggle I really have when using the Grip & Stitch disks is that I find it much harder to control the quilt if I want to quilt a large pattern or motif. I tend to resort to my gloves for that. But this smaller wiggly pattern that I’m doing or anything small seems to work great!
When you get to the edge of the quilt, turn the disk on it’s edge to get right to the end of the quilt. Ellen has a video on her web site showing them in action… being used by Lynn, another friend in my sewing group. Lynn is an amazing quilt artist that was the inspiration behind these disks. You can see her quilts in her book Flower Show Quilts. I will never be able to free-motion quilt like she does!
If you would like to win a pair of the Grip & Stitch free-motion quilting disks, please leave a comment in this post telling me about something fun you have been doing this summer.
I’ll leave the comments open until I can get all of the contents of my sewing room unpacked. It may be at least another week or so. We had the rest of our flooring installed in the bedrooms last week. Then I decided that all of the rooms needed to be repainted. And now my hubby is working on putting up the trim. Meanwhile, I’m tackling my pile of quilt tops that need to be quilted. I need all of the encouragement I can get!