My embroidery lap stand arrived on Thursday and I was using it by the afternoon. I haven’t quite gotten the hang of sewing with two hands yet but practice will win out I’m sure. I finished Chives on it late Thursday evening but couldn’t post photos yesterday as I had a long-awaited enjoyable day of retail therapy with the glamorous S.
The stand I bought was a Sonata Seat Frame from Siesta Frames Ltd. The illustration on the box shows the stand to be stained a darkish brown colour but you can see from the photos below that the one delivered to me was not stained or varnished at all but I prefer it that way. The box wording states that the frame is of ‘hardwood’ construction, but the swivel arm looks like a softwood pine and the base appears to be MDF with a thin wood veneer finish to the top and bottom but I don’t mind, I bought it for its usefulness, not its looks.
The smaller images give an idea of how adjustable the stand is. It’s just as easy for a left-hander (me) to use as for a right-hander; the swivel joint that holds the clamp arm moves away from and towards the base in a generous arc; you can rotate your hoop to get to the back of your work by loosening the rectangular block screw at the back of the lower jaw; the frame height is adjustable and the support rod for that can be turned in a full circle if need be.
I wasn’t sure if I could use this stand comfortably while sitting back on the settee but it was fine. I also tried it whilst sitting on a straight-back dining chair and just perching it on the table, both of which were OK too. I think this might be one of those things that after you’ve had it for a while, you wonder how you ever managed without one!