Someone asked me to do a post about on how I stitch. I am no expert but I do know what I like and I like this little floor stand I picked up on Amazon. It wasn't very expensive.
It took a while to get used to it. I wanted to use it with my Q Snaps and they don't really fit the way you would want them to.
What I figured out was to only put in two of the stretchers. One on each side. The top can then slide up into the little groove that is meant for a smaller hoop. I hate hoops. They leave marks and I hate marks. I don't tighten the thing down. I just rest in there so I can pull it out easily when I need to snip the back. I am a two handed stitcher and this has made a world of difference in terms of speed and comfort. I also like that I can stick the part of pattern I am working on right on the frame so I can see what I am stitching.
I don't keep the project on the floor stand or in the Q snaps once I have to place the stretchers over stitched work. It's a pain to get it out every time and rig it up but it's the price you pay not to have a wrinkled mess. I use one of those scrapbooking cases for each project. That way I can just pick up the one I need and get on with it.
These pricey dedicated lap stands are the best for avoiding wrinkles but I find them uncomfortable to work with. I have to hunch over to see what I'm doing. Having said that, I have two of them and use them quite a bit.
I am also always looking for better ways. If you are a stitcher, what do you use?