I have worked so little in the Rolaframe in the past year that I hardly remember how to use it to its advantage.
The other day when I put Memories of the Past in the frame, I had long enough horizontal bars (called rollers) but I only had two sets of 9″ end bars that weren’t in use – nothing wider. A Changed World is on 18″ long bars and 10″ sidebars. Farmhouse Christmas is on 28″ long bars and was on 12″ side bars. I have Bless This House on a set but don’t remember the sizes of those bars. I put Memories of the Past on 29″ long bars and the only size side bars I had were the 9″ bars.
The long bars, for me, are for the width of the piece. If I’m working a longer, narrower piece, I like shorter “long bars”. The length of the side bars, for me, depends on how much space I’m working in at a time. On some projects, I work on little 2 and 3″ segments at a time. On Memories of the Past, the border is a bit diagnonal and I felt cramped working on with about 8″ of space.
On the other hand, Farmhouse Christmas, those blocks are only 4-1/2″ x 4-1/2″ so I didn’t need 12″ of space to be stitching. It was a bit awkward to be working with that much space because for that one, I’m sitting in the recliner and having to reach up 10-1/2 to 11″ to reach the top parts of the blocks.
Then I realized . . just swap the end bars . . shorter ones to Farmhouse Christmas and longer ones to Memories. Perfect!
I went ahead and ordered a set of 13″ rollers with another set of 9″ end bars and an additional set of 12″ end bars because I have a couple more long roller sets in the closet. That’s the beauty of Rolaframe – mixing and matching to make it work.
I was thinking the 13″ rollers would be good for working on small projects. Probably could have gone even smaller but I didn’t.