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PostSubject: Prototype Template Hold Down - Need advice!   Sat Mar 29, 2014 8:52 am

Hi all,
    I was asked to make something to attach to a template to stabilize them. Attached is a pic of 2 sizes. The rod is acrylic 1/2" and the suction cups are 1 7/8 and 2 1/2". They seem to work fairly well. The suction cups are US made by the company that invented them and do not let go until you pull the tab.

My question is are the handles too long? As I watch quilting videos (yes, I know lame for a guy) it appears these may be too tall.

Let me know what you think! You can right click the image link and open in a new tab or window if you don't see it.

Thanks,
Dennis


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PostSubject: Re: Prototype Template Hold Down - Need advice!   Sat Mar 29, 2014 9:08 am

Sorry Dennis your link is not working so I can't see what you've got. I'll check back to see if link is fixed later.

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PostSubject: Re: Prototype Template Hold Down - Need advice!   Sat Mar 29, 2014 4:54 pm

Can't open the link either.
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PostSubject: Re: Prototype Template Hold Down - Need advice!   Sat Mar 29, 2014 10:05 pm

What is the handles length?
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PostSubject: Re: Prototype Template Hold Down - Need advice!   Sat Mar 29, 2014 10:27 pm

They look good to me. The ones I've considered buying are more like a gate handle, however, so pressure is downwards, not putting stress on the wrist.
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PostSubject: 4" Tall   Sun Mar 30, 2014 5:13 am

Linda 2B wrote:
What is the handles length?
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PostSubject: Hi, Yeah, I am working on one of those as well, will take more materials but I think is doable. Thanks for the comment.   Sun Mar 30, 2014 5:15 am

quiltermarynel wrote:
They look good to me.  The ones I've considered buying are more like a gate handle, however, so pressure is downwards, not putting stress on the wrist.
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PostSubject: Re: Prototype Template Hold Down - Need advice!   Sun Mar 30, 2014 9:47 am

Dennis, did you mean to answer Linda's question? Got the quote but not the answer and I have the same question.

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PostSubject: Re: Prototype Template Hold Down - Need advice!   Sun Mar 30, 2014 9:49 am

It is 4"
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PostSubject: Re: Prototype Template Hold Down - Need advice!   Sun Mar 30, 2014 10:02 am

Ok, so I guess you just grab them and hold down. I think 4" is good actually. That is only about 1/2" longer than my palm is wide so would barely stick out above my hand. Don't think that would get in the way at all.

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PostSubject: Re: Prototype Template Hold Down - Need advice!   Sun Mar 30, 2014 10:46 am

Thanks, Will have to see if anyone will buy them now!
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PostSubject: Re: Prototype Template Hold Down - Need advice!   Sun Mar 30, 2014 11:36 am

TxMaryQuilts wrote:
Ok, so I guess you just grab them and hold down. I think 4" is good actually. That is only about 1/2" longer than my palm is wide so would barely stick out above my hand. Don't think that would get in the way at all.

Umm 4" isn't completely across my palm. Gulp.
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PostSubject: Re: Prototype Template Hold Down - Need advice!   Sun Mar 30, 2014 12:00 pm

What kind of a template is it supposed to be holding down?

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PostSubject: Re: Prototype Template Hold Down - Need advice!   Sun Mar 30, 2014 3:16 pm

Do you have a way to open another page so we can see what they're holding down?   It looks very interesting.  I'd like to know more.....  thanks.
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PostSubject: Re: Prototype Template Hold Down - Need advice!   Sun Mar 30, 2014 3:34 pm

Some kind of a knob on the top would be better. After a while, it would become harder and harder to make the fist needed to grip the handle. The weight of your hand on a knob on the top would hold it down easier. Then you could choose to grip the handle OR hold the knob.
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PostSubject: Re: Prototype Template Hold Down - Need advice!   Sun Mar 30, 2014 3:55 pm

Luvs has a really good idea. I was only thinking on the length, but to really finish it off nicely, a knob would be good. How are the suction cups?

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PostSubject: Re: Prototype Template Hold Down - Need advice!   Mon Mar 31, 2014 8:43 am





Ok. Here are a couple of shots with templates. One is on an 1/8" and one a 1/4". I also included a pic of the handle template version that we sell to Origami people. That may have some possibilities as well. The suction works pretty good. I also thought that maybe in use you may have your hand resting around it right on the template, especially when using the large templates?

Thanks very much for all the input and comments!

Dennis
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PostSubject: Re: Prototype Template Hold Down - Need advice!   Tue Apr 01, 2014 2:55 pm

Hi,
Here is another version of the template hold down. 5 1/2" Long x 2 1/4" High. Made of acrylic rod and suction cups. Comments appreciated!

Regards,
Dennis




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PostSubject: Re: Prototype Template Hold Down - Need advice!   Tue Apr 01, 2014 5:26 pm

that looks like a similar one I have to use with my ruler, your suction cups looks better though. Do people use the ones for the rulers for templates?

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PostSubject: Re: Prototype Template Hold Down - Need advice!   Tue Apr 01, 2014 6:19 pm

That does look similar to one that's used to hold rulers steady. I would think there is more need for a one suction cup template holder. I've never seen one that is smaller.
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PostSubject: Re: Prototype Template Hold Down - Need advice!   Tue Apr 01, 2014 7:15 pm

I like the overall clean lines of it. Using that clear acrylic is nice. The one for the rulers look like they function well. The single handle for the templates is a good idea. Those puppies can be tricky to cut around. I know, I have a lot of them.

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PostSubject: Re: Prototype Template Hold Down - Need advice!   Wed Apr 02, 2014 6:05 am

I like that one better than the one I spent big bucks on that  Fons and Porter has.  It doesn't work!
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PostSubject: Re: Prototype Template Hold Down - Need advice!   Wed Apr 02, 2014 6:09 am

Thanks for the feedback. The 2 suction cup version may be too labor intensive and therefore expensive. A lot of drilling and gluing. The single handle template we do on with 1/4" only as it takes the thickness to make is stable. We made these as a special order for origami folks. Do you think quilters would use as well?

What do you not like about Fons and Porters?

Thanks,

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PostSubject: Re: Prototype Template Hold Down - Need advice!   Wed Apr 02, 2014 6:21 am

With the Fons and Porter one, the suction cups wouldn't hold tight and came loose.
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PostSubject: Re: Prototype Template Hold Down - Need advice!   Wed Apr 02, 2014 2:07 pm

The suction cups are the most important part. They have to hold. And yes, I think quilters will buy. We are suckers for gadgets.  big sigh 

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