Embroidery Tools – QSnaps Tutorial

QSnaps

After posting about the hoop stand and the QSnaps, some conversation was generated about the ease and nonease of using QSnaps. Some embroiderers say that they have difficulty removing the QSnaps when they have to reposition the hoop. I’ve never thought of that, and I think I know why.

Here is how I use QSnaps.

I place the hoop frame under the fabric to be embroidered.

1 Place hoop under fabric

Place a strip of fabric strip, maybe a light muslin, over top of the first side of the QSnap that is under the fabric to be embroidered.

2 Lay a protective fabric on the edge

Lay the QSnap down on top of that fabric strip.

3 Lay the QSnap in place

Center the QSnap over the fabric strip.

4 QSnap is centered over the fabric strip

Snap the QSnap into place.

5 snap down the QSnap

Here is the first side snapped into place over the protective fabric strip.

6 the first side is on

Then, moving to adjacent edge, lay another protective fabric strip over the second edge of the QSnap frame.

7 Work around the frame, lay the next edge

Lay the QSnap down on top of that fabric strip. Center the QSnap over the fabric strip.

8 lay the next QSnap in place

Snap the QSnap into place.

9 Snap on the second edge

Here is the second side done. The protective fabric strips do not get caught by the next QSnap. Each hangs freely in the corners.

10 here are 2 sides done, the corner

Then, moving to adjacent edge, lay another protective fabric strip over the third edge of the QSnap frame.

11 the third fabric strip

Lay the QSnap down on top of that fabric strip. Center the QSnap over the fabric strip. Snap the QSnap into place.

12 Center and snap the third QSnap

Then, moving to the last edge, lay another protective fabric strip over the fourth edge of the QSnap frame.

13 lay the fourth fabric strip

Lay the QSnap down on top of that fabric strip. Center the QSnap over the fabric strip. Snap the QSnap into place.

14 position and snap the last QSnap

Here it is with all sides of the QSnap snapped into place. You can see all the edges of the protective fabric strips as they sit under the QSnap edges.

15 Snapped all the way around

————————————–

To tighten the fabric and pull it taut, grab the edge of the QSnap…

18 to tighten grab the QSnap

and gently “twist” outward, away from the center. The material tightens right up.

19 twist to tighten

Here is the fabric waiting for embroidery all taut in the QSnap hoop.

20 here it is all tight, taut

————————————–

To remove the QSnap edges, grab the strip of protective fabric…

16 to remove QSnap, hold it

and pull away from the QSnap frame in an outward direction. The QSnap edges come right off with no problems.

17 pull the fabric strip

I hope this helps to explain some of the mysteries of the QSnap quilt/embroidery hoop and its tight, snap down edges.

Your life needs fun. Go ahead and have fun!

———–Helpful Information——–

* I bought my QSnaps from Fiddlesticks – Hawaii

Find QSnap information (click here)

Find post Embroidery Tools- QSnaps and Embroidery Stand/Hoop Stand (click here)

Advertisements

5 Comments

Filed under embroidery, Embroidery Tools

5 responses to “Embroidery Tools – QSnaps Tutorial

  1. This is fantastic! I recently purchased my first QSnap, and I’ve had some troubles getting comfortable with it. This is so nice to see a step-by-step photo tutorial of how to use it. And I love the tip of using the strips of protective cloth to remove the frame clips at the end. Brilliant! Thank you! 🙂

  2. AverageJaneCrafter,
    You are most welcome! I’m so glad that the post could help you. Thank you for the kind words and thank you for visiting. I hope you drop by often.
    smiles,
    alicia in Hawaii

  3. Marysewfun

    Thank you for demonstrating getting the q-snaps back off. I bought one and with just fiddling was pondering how to get them off when you wanted to remove your work. I was thinking along the line you indicate but it is good to see in black and white from someone else exactly how. Thank you so much for the idea!

  4. Hi Marysewfun,
    I’m so glad that all the pictures from start to finish could help you with your QSnaps. It was my goal to post an entry that would leave stitchers and embroiderers worry-free of their QSnaps.
    Thanks for visiting and commenting.
    smiles,
    alicia in Hawaii

  5. Sheila

    I love all your helpful hints and experience sharing! This may seem like a very silly question but here goes. I am working on a project; 14ct Aida, 15×18. I’m not quite sure what size QSnap should I buy? I have searched the web for hours but I can’t find anything that speaks to that. Would it be an 11×11 or 17×17……? Thanks for your help!!
    Sheila

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s