The Lowery Stitching Stand arrived today. I have several stitching frames and though I like the lap frames and the floor frames, none of the them are exactly what I kept hoping I would find. I have several scroll type lap frames and those are portable. I can easily take one of those with me if we’re traveling, which happens rarely. They fold down completely flat and don’t take up much room at all.
I have the Rolaframe floor stand and it’s good for sitting in a chair, like a dining room chair. I keep it in the breakfast room and that’s where I stitch if I want to sit and look outside while stitching. I had ordered a longer back bar for it hoping to be able to sit in the recliner and put the wooden legs on either side of the recliner and that does work but (1) in order to get up out of the recliner, I have to move the frame and it’s a bit big and cumbersome, though not heavy and (2) the frame doesn’t tilt a lot and because of the angle of the recliner, it isn’t a comfortable stitching position.
I don’t mind stitching in hand, especially on smaller projects but with Boots all over me when I’m stitching, the projects are getting covered in cat hair. I have several little tools or sticky sheets to remove the cat hair but while I’m stitching, I’m stitching a lot of that black cat hair securely into those projects.
Having a frame that keeps the fabric rolled up and not securely away from Boots is necessary.
Tracy, a blog reader, mentioned that she thought the Lowery stand might be just what I wanted so I looked at it and ordered it. I’ve heard of the Lowery stand before but never checked into it.
We all like different things so I’m not saying this is THE BEST frame but is exactly what I was wanting.
- It has a metal plate at the bottom and it’s not terribly thick and the plate fits under the edge of the recliner. All the wooden stands have legs so I can’t get them up under the recliner.
- There’s no limit to the position you can get the frame in. It makes a complete 360 so it’s easy to see the back, to have it almost flat while stitching or to have it at a good angle.
- There’s a light bar that can be added and a light can be attached.
- There’s an extender or stabilizer that helps keep the longer scroll frames steady so I ordered that.
- It will accommodate scroll frames, Q-snaps or hoops.
- It’s really easy to flip the whole thing out of the way when I need to get up from the chair.
I think this is going to be a perfect stand for me.
I’ll use it a week or two and then I’ll make another post and let you know if it’s all I had hoped it would be. Vince wasn’t real pleased that I had ordered another stand and I was explaining to him that what one person loves, another person dislikes and these frames are all so different. The only way to know for sure is to try them out and go from there. That must be something men just don’t understand.
Shauna Trueblood says
I really like my Lowery. I bought a different type off of Amazon and didn’t like that I couldn’t easily get up and down while I was stitching. I had to move the whole frame. I love that I can slide my work out of the way easily. Is it perfect, no I would like it to be a little tighter but that is more my hand strength than anything. But I do like I can do big and small projects on it.
I have a K’s Creations floor stand similar to what you have. I hesitated buying it, even at the LNS retirement going out of business sale, but am glad I did. I did take off the little tool tray/floss pegs bit as I wouldn’t use them (wrong side). In its place I put a scrap of wood and use it for the flex-arm pattern holder. It works SO much better than those cheap chain store stands that don’t fit over the chair, has to be totally moved to stand/sit, and go wobbly or don’t stay square.
I have no idea why people (not just men!) don’t comprehend things like multiple needlework stands/frames/hoops or sewing machines, but think nothing of having multiple cars & trucks, tools (garage or kitchen), drawers full of beauty products, etc… I guess if it’s not their “thing” they just don’t get it until we point out their “tried it but not happy with it” or “need different sizes” purchases.
Judy Laquidara says
I agree 100%. I have to K’s Creations lap stands and I love those. They fold up to almost nothing. I’m still struggling with the light. I got out a small clamp on light but I have to have it at just the right angle or it flips around and is then in the wrong position. We’ll all get it figured out some day.
Cindy F says
Good to hear it’s working for you so far. I’m excited and can’t wait to get mine. Tracking says it’s in Las Vegas and I’m in northern Utah so maybe it will get here early next week. I ordered the magnetic chart adapter so I can add it to the frame. I’m hoping my lighted magnifier can attach to the frame but if not then I’ll be looking for something to work. My husband hasn’t said anything negative about what I’ve been ordering, at least not yet! I watched my first floss tube earlier today (Jo had a link to Lori Holt on her blog) and I can see how dangerous it is because there were patterns that I want but I resisted…for now anyways….lol
Kay L Ford-Sollimo says
Can your return any of the stands that don’t work for you? Or sell them to someone else?
Or maybe Vince could use them in his shop!