another use for Machingers

So all of you machine quilters know all about the gloves called Machingers. They are lightweight, not hot, thin enough for good tactile sense with your fingertips and has just the right amount of grip to help move the quilt sandwich under the machine needle.

Well I have gone back to some hand quilting for this series of skinnies. I’m useing a biggish embroidery needle with a decent size eye and 3 strands of hand dyed floss. I am doing a running stitch or Kantha stitch and some of this fabric is tightly woven batik (meaning tough and dense)

My fingers have been very sore trying to push the needle through the fabric layers and also to pull up the needle. I do have a small piece of rubber to grip the needle , but you must continually find it, pick it up and then put it down – hopefully in a place with your scissors where it won’t get knocked onto the floor or lost in the folds of the quilt.

I grabbed one of the machinger gloves and find it has enough padding so my fingers are cushioned while weaving the needle in and out for 3 big continuous stitches on the needle,and i get a good grip on the needle when I want to pull it through. It’s made the last hour of stitching quite pleasant. So instead of a latex glove from the dental office, the machingers are cool and my hand doesn’t sweat.

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One Response to “another use for Machingers”

  1. BCQuilter Says:

    What a great idea! Isn’t it wonderful to find other handy uses for our gadgets!

    -Alice

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