Feb 24 13
I was contacted awhile back to test and review a new product. I have to tell you that 99.9% of the time, when I discuss a product on this blog, it’s because I purchased it with my own money and I’m just letting you know how that product worked out for me. On the rare occasion that a manufacturer sends me a product to test, I always tell them up front that the only way I’ll agree to write a review is if I still get to be 100% honest about the product, even if my review is not a favorable one. I don’t want my blog to become an advertising vehicle for products and this is the only way to ensure that it doesn’t. In this particular case, I was surprised that the vendor still wanted me to review this product, because I’ve always been very outspoken about how much I love Machingers Quilt Gloves and this new product is, in a sense, a competitor. But she confidently told me to try them out and now I know why.
The product I tested was devised to help a quilter move the quilt across the machine bed and it’s called “Grip & Stitch.” Here’s a photo of what the product looks like when it’s all packaged up:
When you open it, you’ll find a pair of discs, one larger than the other. Each disc has a black side and a blue side and from what I can tell, each side is made from a different type of foam. Here’s a shot of the 2 discs outside of the package:
I was really worried about these discs when I saw them as they appeared kind of bulky to me and I figured that it would take me quite awhile to feel comfortable using them to move my quilt. I. was. totally. wrong. Totally! It only took me about 2 minutes to feel completely comfortable using these discs to grip the quilt! Here’s a shot of how I was holding them as I quilted the sandwich below:
The directions say to hold the large disc in your left hand and the smaller disc in your right hand. I don’t know if you can see it here, but you’re not really even holding the discs, you’re kind of gliding them with a light to medium touch. When I needed to stitch fine detail in a motif, I moved my disc closer to the needle so I had better control. I don’t know if you can tell from the photo, but some of the stuff I was quilting was fairly intricate and it really wasn’t hard to do with these discs!