Last night I found a shop in Florida that had a few Rolaframe roller bars. I find it hard trying to work with the 18″ roller bars turned vertical (Pet All Dogs) and much prefer working horizontally.
The Rolaframe setup that I have, and love, comes in three floor stand sizes. The smallest size will accommodate a roller bar up to 28″, which is what I have in the floor frame I showed yesterday.
Here’s a great video of the Rolaframe with the guy who makes them. By the way, if you’re wanting one, contact a local needlework shop or Shepherd’s Needle in AR sells and ships them and they are super nice people. As I said, anything Rolaframe is hard to find right now so be prepared to grab whatever you want when you find it. Shepherd’s Needle is pretty much out of everything at the moment but they do have more on order.
In a comment, someone asked why I didn’t order longer roller bars so I could make it wider and it would fit over the recliner. First, for that small frame, I have the largest roller bar it can use. Second, the next size up is $200. Third, any Rolaframe anything is extremely hard to get. When I ordered mine, I got what I could find. I think the small was $150. I thought about it and figured I won’t be making anything larger than 28″, not in the foreseeable future.
But that comment got me to thinking and I contacted Dan, the Rolaframe man, this morning to see if I could buy the wider back bar for the small frame. He is amazingly responsive to questions and he wrote me right back. The back bar is what the various frame sizes fit into and the small frame holds a 8″ to a 28″ roller. The medium frame holds from 28″ to 38″ rollers and the large holds 38″ to 45″ rollers. The back bar is what actually determines the distance between the legs. Dan told me that yes, I could order the medium (or large) back bar but with the medium, I can only use 28 to 38″ rollers .. cannot use 8″ to 27″. I was thinking that wouldn’t work because I usually do smaller pieces but then I thought . . just because I have a 28″ roller (which I already have but will still need larger) doesn’t mean I HAVE to use it all. I could mount a 10″ piece of fabric on a 28″ roller. It’s like a longarm .. because your rollers are 14′ long, you can still do a 12″ (or smaller) quilt block. So, Tuesday, I’ll call the shop where I’ve ordered my frames and get her to order me an extra back bar. I will have to order a set of longer rollers so make sure the legs clear the recliner but I’ll measure before placing the order. In fact, I’ll measure twice to be sure because you know how I am with measurements.
So, thank you, Cindy, for making my brain think outside the box. When I first read your comment, I thought . . great! I can do that but then realized the 28″ rollers were the longest I could use but after looking at Dan’s video, I realized the only thing different is that back bar.