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.