There is a wide variety of specialized equipment available for machine quilting, and virtually all machine quilters discuss the importance of protecting their hands and fingers in some fashion.
Some quilters prefer to use the rubber gloves that are typically reserved for dishwashing.
Some quilters will cut the fingertip off of a pair of rubber gloves and then wear them on the tips of their fingers.
There are canvas gloves available, and on them are rubber dots.
Additionally, there are knit gloves, and some of them come in a lovely orange color – what else could possibly be more desirable?
And another pair of gloves that comes highly recommended is the Atlas® lightweight gloves with a liner made of 100 percent nylon.
Because this liner is seamless, it generates very little lint and is therefore excellent for preventing contamination of sensitive components. Workers are able to perform detailed tasks with greater ease thanks to the thin nitrile palm coating that is featured on the Atlas Assembly Grip 370 glove. This coating is exceptionally tough and flexible. for the greatest possible flexibility and dexterity. These mitts are also recognized in the quilting community as Nitril Touch Quilting gloves.
You can find Atlas gloves in stores that specialize in gardening. The Nitril Touch Quilting glove is a version that is sold in quilt shops.
But why even bother wearing gloves?
In the past, whenever I needed to guide a quilt through the machine, I would grab it by the edges and direct it with my hands.
Essentially, the hands of the machine quilter serve the same function as the feed dogs in directing the quilt under the needle.
You need to be able to move the quilt around as you position your hands so that your thumbs touch and form a kind of frame around the needle (about 6 to 8 inches in front of the needle). This is necessary to ensure that the quilt remains flat and that you do not experience puckers and tucks.
Your fingertips should feel as though they are clinging to the quilt. Rubber will not leave any trace behind, making it a potentially superior alternative to using glue or hand lotion that is sticky. Therefore, a glove with rubber fingers is ideal for the task.
The Atlas Assembly Grip 370 glove can be washed and it has rubber fingers. The back is open so that the hand can breathe and not sweat while wearing it. These features make the glove a good choice all round.
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