Dating A Q-Snap

It came in the mail two weeks ago. It wasn’t in some fancy package that said, “look at me”. The box was plain and ordinary and once it was opened, the plastic it was in was just the same. I expected something a little more. A party popper explosion and something draped in glitter, perhaps.

It wasn’t.

I don’t know what I expected really. The only thing that came out of my mouth as I stared inside that plain box was “it’s much bigger than I expected”.

Who knew that an 11×17 Q-snap would ever have my eyebrows raised so high.

My very first Q-snap.

I’m sure many of you know about the Q-snap already. Yes, even I knew about it, but I was too stubborn to even shy a glance of curiosity its way. Who needs one of those when I have my lovely hoop. Then…I got curious and ordered this one out of the blue. Seriously! Unfortunately, this funky thing didn’t come with assembly directions. (>__<).

It did come in three different parts. (This is, more or less, for all of you who have zero idea about a Q-snap. Like me!).

Qsnap 1

I did have a clue, mind you, that it had to be assembled in a squarish-shape. As I looked about all these parts, I noticed that Part B had these grooves around it.

Part B

And Part A had grooves inside it.

Part A

With some funny manipulation I got the two together.

A & B

The next part was easier. I just fiddled with the angled parts until I got my nice squarish shape.

Squarish Shape

All that was left was to put some fabric on this sucker. That…was rough. I tried SO many ways to put my fabric on. I don’t know how anyone else does it (omg guys I never once looked up how to put the fabric on until afterwards and let me tell you…google is always the best friend who has ESP and calls you when you’re at your lowest) but I just laid my fabric on top and snapped my fabric in. I don’t think this thing would work if the four snappers, or Part C, didn’t have these little gripper grooves inside.

Part C

As I’ve been using it in the past two weeks, I can’t say I could do with or without it. Yes, to all the naysayers about hoops, it does not leave a mark. (Actually it probably would if I didn’t take it out after use). That’s a plus. I don’t like how it doesn’t get as tight as I like it. It’ll be tight for a couple of minutes, but then it’ll get slack later. When it does, I try to either move the snappers and roll them or just roll the snappers to get my fabric tight. Still, I can’t get satisfied with it. I’m also not liking how the snappers move when you roll one of it’s siblings. I’m glad they have something to grip, but they don’t stay in place.

Does anyone who uses Q-snaps have suggestions about this? Maybe even a trick or two to keep the fabric tight? Maybe I’m just doing it wrong lol. I did watch a YouTube video, or two, but still no change. I might need to by a larger one?

Eh, I’m still going to use it though. It might not be my trusty hoop, but I’m happy to have tried something new for stitching. I think I’ll invest in scroll next time (^_^).

 Happy Stitching!




12 thoughts on “Dating A Q-Snap

    • I’ve not heard about using felt, but it sounds like a good idea. Felt is a material that just could create a solid grip underneath. Thanks!

  1. I love my Qsnaps. I rarely use anything else now. I don’t have a lot of trouble with the fabric loosening but when I do I roll the clamp pieces slightly to tighten the fabric. But for me, although I have the largest size I rarely use it. I also have some of smaller size and those are what I prefer. To me they are easier to handle. In one stitch session I never would stitch on the large area that is exposed in the 11×17 size and with the smaller size I can make quicker progress. It does mean that I have to put the clamps over areas that have already been stitched but the stitching never appears to be crushed. And that also might be why the fabric seems to stay tighter. That is just my own experience but I don’t know how I ever stitched without them.

    • I plan to buy different sizes, I’m not sure if I’ll go bigger or smaller, but I think the smaller I go the better just from what you said about the progress. If there wasn’t such a big space on the Q-snap it wouldn’t get tiring to hold and also to move my hand. A smaller space would be faster.

  2. Good for you for getting out there and trying new things! I’ve known about Qsnaps for a while, but have resisted purchasing a set. I don’t really have any problems with hoops and I appreciate their aesthetic, so I’ll probably just stick to them and spend all my money on pretty thread!

    • Thanks! Skeptical was my main name, but it turned out to be one of those things that aren’t so bad. I’m still a total hoop girl at heart ^_^.

      Hmm now I’m wondering why not do a Q-snap that’s circular? That actually doesn’t sound so bad. I, like you, appreciate the aesthetic. I think a circular one would be held more easily too.

      • I think them NOT being circular is the think I like best about qsnaps actually – have you tried getting the corners of a design into a round hoop when it’s one of those kits with about one inch of spare fabric on every side? 😀 Also, it might be difficult to get those clip parts right on a round snap…

      • Those itty bitty spare fabric that can’t fit in that hoop….a migraine is a coming…haha. I didn’t think about that. It’s really impossible for that in a hoop. I’ve had to freestyle it on KL.

  3. I love my Q-snaps and find them to provide much better tensions than the hoops I used before…but then, I only had a cheap wooden one. I feel that with some fabrics, especially very smooth one, the tension will loosen quite quickly, I’m still experimenting with putting something under for that. And I agree with Good Woman, I prefer using smaller Q snaps, 8″ and 10″ are the one I have.

    • I tried wooden hoops and did not like them at all. I use the plastic hoops and let me tell you…they don’t slip and slack like the wooden ones. So far, in this cross stitch tool journey, I can absolutely say I despise wooden hoops haha.

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