This question comes in from Sharon here on the blog and it’s a really good question!
I have a question about using the Q-snap or a hoop. Do you stitch on the top side of the fabric or the bottom as it lays in the frame? [fabric to hoop U shaped or inverted U shaped]
I started stitching on the bottom (U), because it was easier to anchor the threads on the back side, when that side was “on top.” My mother, however, thinks I’m doing it backwards. Just curious.
(I know that there is a right and a wrong side to some fabric, but what I’m talking about is the way it lays in the hoop. Is the right side of the fabric on top or down inside the hoop?)
People ask me about this all the time, usually when they see me stitching – because I do as Sharon describes when I’m using a hoop and snap it on in a way that most people would consider to be upside down. Here’s a picture to give you an idea…
You can see that instead of being “on top” of the hoop, my stitching area is on the bottom of the hoop. Some people call this stitching ‘in the well’. This is a bit of a trick I learned a few years ago in a discussion on the old TWBB (Teresa Wentzler Bulletin Board) – and I’ll be honest, until I made this little change I really hated using a hoop and I always opted for my q-snap or some other frame.
Now, please don’t think there is a right or a wrong here. I don’t think there is – and, yes, that’s just my personal opinion. Many will tell you that it is to be used the other way with the design area coming out on top. Why? Says who? Well, I say use your hoop however you are most comfortable using it, so long as it gets the job done.
I choose to use a hoop this way for a few reasons. It sits better in the clamp on my lap stand. It’s easier to hold in my hand if I’m stitching while I’m waiting for my son at the dentist’s office. It’s easier to start and finish off “tails” of thread in a row when the underside of the fabric is flat and on the outside, as opposed to up and on the inside when you use the hoop the other way.
When I’m using my Q-Snaps I’ll frequently do the same thing because it is really hard to start and end those “tails” when the fabric is out over the top of the frame, especially with the smaller Q-Snaps!
Happy Stitching ~ no matter how you position your hoop!