This has come completely from left field, but I am contemplating purchasing a StitchMate Floor Stand. I am a die-hard hoop girl, but the last year or two, I do notice more strain on my left hand that holds my hoop. And I think sometimes it would be nice to have both hands free for certain speciality stitches rather than trying to balance the hoop on my knees to do them. I tried scroll rods many years ago and hated them, mainly because I could not get enough tension on my fabric and they, like Q-Snaps, are just too unwieldly for me. I would also like to have better posture when I'm stitching.
My concern is that I will spend all this money and it will sit gathering dust because I am not one to easily change my ways (and I am not planning on giving up stitching with my hoop, this will just enhance my abilities). So I would like to hear from the floor stand users on your likes/dislikes of stitching on a stand. I do know that I flip my work around a lot ("a lot" is actually a huge understatement) to end off threads with all the confetti in these HAED projects. That is one thing that has always discouraged me from using a floor stand as none seemed to allow you quick, easy access to the back of your work. The newer stands seem to have resolved this issue from what I have been reading. And it looks like the scroll rods on the StitchMate give good fabric tension without much fuss (no basting, etc).
Too bad you can't test drive one before buying, lol. And I did think about buying a cheaper one to see how much I might actually use it, but any of the others have to slide in front of you and that is not an option (I sit on the couch and there is a coffee table in front of me, so no room in front of me). Decisions, decisions.
Well, I'm off to see if I can finish off a sock. I look forward to hearing any of your thoughts on stitching with a floor stand (any stand, not just the StitchMate).