what are most of you long-armers doing to attach your quilt backing to your leader material? some people i know have zippers that let them baste to a leader and then zip back on (very nice - but i don't have that) and others release their leaders, attach by pinning or basting and then reattach leaders to poles (i don't think detaching is a good idea). i have always pinned with straight pins, but it does leave a leeetle wavy edge up there. maybe i should be basting right across with the longarm. what do you do?
also - i then leave about 3 - 4" below that to attach my batting, then another 3-4" to attach my top. what do you do?
then - sometimes i 'float' the top (i always float the batting (it's easier to shift it around to square it up) and sometimes i don't, depending on the size. what do you do?
i find that if i don't leave enough 'spare' material at the top and bottom, i stitch right into the leader. does anyone else have this problem?