Thursday, April 28, 2011

Scroll Bar Problems ;(

I need some advice - I purchased a scroll bar today. (I have never used one)  I am finding that when I use it the fabric is very loose in the middle - I like my fabric to be taut when I stitch.  Am I doing something wrong or have I purchased an inefficient scroll bar-

Any suggestions or links to a wonderful scroll bar or any ideas for stitching with a larger piece of fabric would be highly appreciated !!!! My "The Flood" piece is on hold until I can find something suitable - The fabric is too big for me to hold comfortably while stitching -

Thanks for your time
Happy Stitching


Anonymous said...

Yep, that's what they do and why I don't use them. If I use something to hold my fabric I use qsnaps as I want it tight. Or I stitch in hand.

Jillayne said...

I think by scroll bar you are referring to what I call a roller frame... the fabric is stitched on to "twill tapes" that have been stapled on to the two roller bars?
To make your fabric taut, you need to roll each one tight and then tighten the screw clamps. After that, you have to "lace" each side of the fabric to the side bars.
Where a roller frame is of benefit is you don't get the same sporadic stretching you can get from a hoop, and sometimes from a Q-Snap.
Roller frames are ideal for long sampler-style pieces, but are not necessarily the easiest things to use - again, it's all about stress on the fabric.
Hope this makes sense!

valerie said...

The fabric doesn't get as tight on rods as they do on qsnaps. They do have these clips you put on the side of the fabric and around the sidebars to help pull the fabric but I've never used them before.

Southpaw Stitcher said...

I have a Lap Stitch Doodler scroll frame that can either sit on a table or on your lap, and I love it! It doesn't take me long to baste the fabric onto the 2" wide belting strips, and it works for canvas as well as linen. I've used this for my large/long pieces, and it's made all the difference in the world. You could bounce a dime off the fabric! Nordic Needle even has an E Z Stitch No Baste system, but I haven't tried that. In my opinion, Q-Snaps are fine for smaller pieces, but too heavy and cumbersome for the larger ones. Hope this helps.

Lizzy Pizzy said...

Hi Patty,
I was happy using hoops and q-snaps until I ventured to using silks (just divine) and especially hand dyed floss that you can't wash to plump up the stitches after squashing and 'twisting' them under clamps.
At my first attempt with the scroll frame, I had the exact same problem that you have found. I now pin my fabric to the tape on the bars, starting in the middle and working to the sides. I do this both top and bottom and test (by rolling the fabric carefully so I don't snag the linen on the pins in the first round). You can actually position your fabric to be a bit tighter in the middle and slightly looser at the sides as some linen seems to stretch as you work on it. Once I am happy with the tension I go back and stitch the linen onto the tape.
Sounds really fiddly, but as I am not the quickest stitcher, large patterns take me FOREVER and I feel it's worth taking the time to set up well. I haven't tried lacing the sides to the frame (Jillayne) but that might work well too.
Whatever you try, I would encourage you to persevere with using your new scroll frame.
Apart from the ease of being able to use both hands to stitch, I love walking past and seeing my WIPs (yes I have several frames going at once) stretched and displayed while they are growing :)
I loved seeing your start on 'The Flood' and look forward to seeing your updates, I am waiting on my pattern to arrive and think I will try the Vikki Clayton HDF silks conversion.
Liz x
BTW Once you have mastered setting up your work so it is nice and tight on your frame, I recently read that you should loosen off the tension in-between stitching sessions to rest the fabric and fibres.

diamondc said...

I use a velcro tape found at my local needlework shop this is the greatest invention it is a little spendy but if you are careful you can use it over and over again.
The velcro tape you want to attach to your scroll bars is the hard side of the tape, the smooth tape you attach to your piece you are stitching, this is the best your fabric will stay in place and come off the bar easy.
Patty: if you use the velcro please let me know if you like it.

Mayté-MagicXstitch said...

I have been using scroll rods for years and I love them!! You have a very taut fabric you have to stitch the top and bottom sides very straight to the "twill tape". To do so you have to center the fabric and stitch or pin the fabric to the twill tape. (I do to mark the center of the fabric border with a pin; also I mark the center of the rods with a acid free marker the first time I use them).

Them roll the fabric rods and tight the screws. Some fabrics tend to loose after some time , you just have to re-tight the fabrics with the screws. Some types of fabrics tend to be more loose on the right and left sides, for that you have use some stretch clips to keep it tight. For some type of projects and when I use beads, I also use small pieces of fleece between the fabric and the scroll rods to help to keep it tight and to protect the beads.

I hope these tips help you to solve your problem :)

Carin said...

I hope someonme can help you. I never worked with a scrollbar. I always use my Q-snap.

diamondc said...

Patty: So sorry I have not sent the tape yet I am working on the road and will be back tomorrow I will drop the velcro tape in the mail tomorrow, so sorry about the delay.
I do hope you like this stuff I just love it.

diamondc said...

Patty: So sorry I have not sent the tape yet I am working on the road and will be back tomorrow I will drop the velcro tape in the mail tomorrow, so sorry about the delay.
I do hope you like this stuff I just love it.

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