Now I set the gears on the front and middle and tighten the backing until it is smooth, and running straight.
Next is the batting. Since this is such an old pattern, from the late 1800's, I am using cotton batting, It is Hobbs, 80-20, which I really love to use, and it hand quilts beautifully. While laying it out on the frame, I discover that it is going to be too wide. So, I decide how much I need to trim . then I do the first cut, and then fold it over , and keep doing this until I have all of the side trimmed off.
backing tightened down and straight
batting too wide, so i am trimming it
batting is trimmed