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Thread: Help with PVC Quilting Frame

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    community benefactor Parrothead's Avatar
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    I purchased all the materials to make a frame. Have it all cut to the dimensions I want. I purchased SnapClamps as well as the pipe in 1". The clamps are so tight I cannot get them on or off the pipe let alone a quilt in between.
    So if someone has made one, do you use a smaller pipe that the clamp will go on so there is room for the quilt? This means a lot more fittings!!!
    I have already spent $30+ and I do not want to be defeated.

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    I'll be watching this post...interested in making one myself...so I need to learn this too.

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    If you bought the snap clamps that fit the Qsnap frame the pvc used in the Qsnap frame is a different diameter then the pvc you buy at the hardware store.

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    yep i tried to order the top snap on ones online once but they gave no guarantee that they would fit.
    I would think someone could cut them open a bit more for you, bit by bit till you get the easy fit you should have.
    my Q Snap frame comes with top snap ones that have ribbing inside. that helps prevent the quilt from moving and helps keep them on. the original one i bought didn't have ribbing and was worthless!
    this ad at JoAnns tells about the ribbing.
    http://www.joann.com/joann/catalog/p...PRODID=prd2867

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    community benefactor Parrothead's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by nativetexan
    yep i tried to order the top snap on ones online once but they gave no guarantee that they would fit.
    I would think someone could cut them open a bit more for you, bit by bit till you get the easy fit you should have.
    my Q Snap frame comes with top snap ones that have ribbing inside. that helps prevent the quilt from moving and helps keep them on. the original one i bought didn't have ribbing and was worthless!
    this ad at JoAnns tells about the ribbing.
    http://www.joann.com/joann/catalog/p...PRODID=prd2867
    My clamps do have ribbing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BellaBoo
    If you bought the snap clamps that fit the Qsnap frame the pvc used in the Qsnap frame is a different diameter then the pvc you buy at the hardware store.
    Can you tell me what the diameter is? This is not the Qsnap frame but maybe if the PVC is smaller than the clamp then that is my problem.

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    You can always use some Vaseline to lubricate the tubes. Don't get carried away though. :-) I have several shelving units that I could not get to fit into the brackets. This is how I know.

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    My husband made my PVC quilting frame.....used 1 in pipe. He ground the side off the 1 inch pipe to make the clamps. He said the grinding was a "great mess!!" but it works. He sanded the edges smooth and rounded the ends. This fits over over the quilt quite nicely. It does not have ridges, but I have had no problems with my quilt slipping when it is in the frame. I have extra clamps in various sizes.

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