I recently received an email from a woman named Claire asking my opinion on quilting frames.
It was such a great question I thought to share it with you!
I have owned a Grace EZ3 quilting frame for 5 years now, and through out the years I realized it is not the quilting frame for me. On the marks of functionality, I do not like to separate my 3 quilt layers, so I do not use the 3 leader cloth bars. The 3 rail system is intended to be a time saver but not for me. If I do not baste or pin my 3 quilt layers together I find that the layers will shift and bunch up, which is no good. I end up not using the frame as advertised, and just draping my quilt over top of the frame to get it off my lap while I stitch. Even though it will adjust to fit all quilt sizes (crib-king), I am turned off by it's bells and whistles. I like that it is made out of wood but the plastic knobs are disappointing.
When I do get another quilting frame, I would either make my own using 2 saw horses, or I would invest in a handmade traditional quilting frame. The handmade primitive frames are they most beautiful and they provide for the basic needs to hand quilt comfortably. And if I'm lucky it will come with a story from the past.