My favorite needlework stand for holding my hoops or frames is the Needlework System 4 stand, with the frame clamp. I love this piece of equipment! I’ve written already an in-depth review of the Needlework System 4 stand, including a short video that demonstrates how it turns easily, but today I’m going to show you a new piece I bought for it…
This piece is an extension that fits on the Needlework System 4 stand, between the top of the stand and the clamp (or other devises – like scroll frame connector, etc.). It’s an arched piece of metal, with the same end fittings as the other pieces, so that they all fit together.
At first, I wondered about the purpose of the extension when I heard that there was one available. I usually use my stand from the front position of wherever I’m sitting, so that the frame clamp is at the top of my work directly in front of me, and I hadn’t seen the need for an extension.
However, one day I was working on a larger frame, and I was thinking it would be nice if I could put the floor stand easily to the side, over the arm of the couch, so that I didn’t have the stand sitting way out in the middle of the floor, since the frame it was holding was over 20″ deep….
… and that’s when I realized that the extension would be pretty nice to have.
The arch of the extension allows you to put the frame easily to the side, over the arm of a chair or couch. You can adjust the extension bar to point up or down, or leave it “horizontal” (insofar as an arch can be horizontal!), and then you can further adjust the frame clamp into whatever position you want.
Besides being handy for the side-position arrangement of the stand, the extension also makes it easier to get your work right where you want it, if the stand is directly in front of you. The extension gives the stand one more option for adjustment. Also, basically, it just gets your work closer (by about 10″) and from any direction.
The extension is made out of metal, and matches the rest of the stand in quality construction. It’s made to last!
I really do love the Needlework System 4! It’s by far the best embroidery stand I’ve ever used (and I think I’ve used pretty much every stand out there). I’ve only had one minor problem with the frame clamp. After using it a ton – as in, every day, day in day out, for a year, and turning it too many times to count while using it – the turning mechanism loosened up quite a bit. When I contact the Needlework System 4 company, they wrote back and told me to ship it in, and they’d fix it or replace it (no charge!) There’s a lifetime warranty on the stand, but I doubt it would be much needed. And, actually, I found a better fix for the turning mechanism on the frame clamp (I didn’t want to be without it for too long!). I used a wrench to tighten things up – and… voila! Back to normal.
If you’re looking for a good embroidery stand, you won’t be disappointed with this one. If you don’t use stretcher bar frames, they have several other options for the stand: scroll bars and a Q-snap holder (though I admit, I use my frame clamp to hold Q-snaps, and it works “ok”). If you’re solely a hoop person, the frame clamp holds hoops pretty well, too.
I’m totally unaffiliated with the company or any of its distributors, so there’s no “sell job” going on here. Just a hearty recommendation for a really good embroidery stand!
If you’ve already got the Needlework System 4, consider adding the extension. It’s nice. I’m glad I bought it!
So far, the best place I’ve found to purchase the stand is through Threadneedle Street in Issaquah, WA, which I just recently visited. They have the best prices that I’ve seen on the stand, plus they stock it and the accessories in the store, so you don’t normally have to wait as long for delivery. The only difficulty is that their web page is kind of a pain to shop through, but it still works. You can also call them and place an order over the phone, if you don’t like their online order form.
I haven’t tried the scroll frame or Q-snap holder for the Needlework System 4. Each element of the system is indeed rather pricey, so I’ve stuck so far with just the frame clamp. But I’m considering the future purchase of the standard scroll frame attachment and the regular Q-snap attachment. I’m just not quite sure yet if I want to take the plunge. If you’ve got either of those – the scroll frame or the Q-snap holder – I’d love to hear what you think of them!