How To Choose Gloves For Machine Quilting?

There are all kinds of tools made especially for machine quilting, and every machine quilter talks about some kind of covering for their hands or fingers.

Some quilters like the rubber gloves that are used to wash dishes.

Some quilters cut the tips off of those rubber gloves and put them on the tips of their fingers.

There are canvas gloves with rubber dots on them.

And there are knit gloves, some of them come in a beautiful orange – what could be better?

And, coming highly recommended, is the Atlas® lightweight gloves with a 100% nylon liner.

This liner is seamless, so it produces minimal lint, thereby protecting sensitive parts from contamination. The thin nitrile palm coating on the Atlas Assembly Grip 370 glove is extraordinarily tough and flexible, allowing workers to perform detailed tasks with ease. For maximum flex and dexterity. These gloves are also known as Nitril Touch Quilting gloves.

Nitril Touch Quilting gloves are great for machine quilting, and are made by the same manufacturer as the Atlas® lightweight gloves. These are available in some quilt shops.

The Atlas gloves can be found in gardening shops. A quilt shop version is the Nitril Touch Quilting glove.

Maybe a discussion of the purpose of gloves for machine quilting is in order.

Why Gloves at All?

Frankly, I had been confused about why I needed gloves at all for machine quilting until I heard machine quilting expert, Pam Bauer share her secrets of machine quilting.

I had always grabbed at my quilt, and used my elbows to help guide the quilt through the machine.

But Pam presented a whole different perspective, and now the gloves make sense.

It turns out that in free motion quilting, the machine quilter’s hands serve as the feed dogs in directing the quilt under the needle.

As you place your hands so your thumbs touch and form a kind of frame around the needle (6 – 8 inches away in front of the needle), you need to be able to move the quilt around so it stays flat and you don’t get puckers and tucks.

That means that your fingers need to be kind of sticking to the quilt. While you could use glue, or sticky hand lotion, rubber might be a better alternative since it won’t leave a residue. Thus rubber fingers on a glove.

What Pam likes about the Atlas Assembly Grip 370 glove is that it has the rubber fingers, the back is open – so your hand breathes and doesn’t sweat – and the glove is washable.

By Penny Halgren of

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