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Old 02-20-2012, 06:56 PM
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Default Added tape measures to the longarm leaders

I recently added tape measures to all 3 longarm leaders. I bought the 120" tapes at Walmart (each came with 2 marking pencils for less than $3). I pinned two leaders together, laid out the tapes, and then sewed each tape on with the longarm. I use Red Snappers for loading quilts, but I took them out while doing this. I also snipped off the metal end of each tape - didn't want to hit it with the longarm needle! This should make it a lot easier to load quilts.
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Old 02-20-2012, 07:08 PM
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looks great. my leaders only have the center marked, but it has worked for me that way for years
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Great work!!!
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Old 02-20-2012, 07:27 PM
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Dunster, you'll love it. I did that recently with the longarm centering tapes. I didn't want upside down numbers on one side, lol! No more constant measuring! One thing surprised me, though. I found out that my original longarm centering tape (the one you suspend over the quilt) had stretched quite a bit through use. So I had to quit using it. I figure, what are the chances all the stretching was evenly distributed over the tape?? None, I'm sure.
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Old 02-21-2012, 06:39 AM
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Dunster, great idea! I do have a question though--what machine do you have and where did you get that hopping foot? I have a hopping foot, but it is not working right and am in the market for a new one and yours looks like it might just be what I am looking for...
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Originally Posted by CoyoteQuilts View Post
Dunster, great idea! I do have a question though--what machine do you have and where did you get that hopping foot? I have a hopping foot, but it is not working right and am in the market for a new one and yours looks like it might just be what I am looking for...
I have an Innova, and I bought the open toe hopping foot directly from them. I don't know if it would fit any other type of longarm. How can your hopping foot not be working right?
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Dunster, how do you like the micro handles?
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I use them a lot. They give me much more control than the other handles do. Although - the other handles are adjustable, so I could probably put them into a position to give me the same control. Having the micro handles means I can use either one without adjusting anything.

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Dunster, how do you like the micro handles?
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Thank you for the close ups - I’ve been thinking about doing this.
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It looks like a great idea...As a am a new longarm owner, I’m curious to learn if your leaders ever move over time or get caddy whom-pas?
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