Welcome to the Quilting Board!

Already a member? Login above
To post questions, help other quilters and reduce advertising (like the one on your left), join our quilting community. It's free!

Results 1 to 8 of 8

Thread: Books For Long Arm quilters

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Nov 2011
    Crystal River, Florida

    Books For Long Arm quilters

    My sewing buddy and I have been gifted an HQ quilting frame. It's all set up and reay to go but we are challenged when it comes to loading the quilt. Small ones are ok but the queen size is not going well. Are there any how-to books out there that you LAQ users can recommend for new users?

  2. #2
    Senior Member crashnquilt's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Lebanon, Missouri
    Linda Taylor has published a book for longarm quilting. You should be able to find her by putting linda taylor longarm quilting in a search engine.

    Wouldn't you like to live with my mind just for a moment? I wish you would, I think I need to get OUT OF IT!

  3. #3
    Super Member feline fanatic's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2009
    I found You Tube videos to be the most help. The LA books I have are mostly for design inspriation. You really don't need to purchase a book because once you learn how to load, you will never reference it again. Search You Tube for Loading a quilt on a Longarm frame. There was a great video out there that I viewed while waiting for my LA to arrive and it helped a lot.

  4. #4
    Power Poster dunster's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Lake Elsinore, CA
    Linda Taylor's book is very good, but it is somewhat outdated now that there are so many new loading systems, and it is somewhat specific to one machine brand. There are many different loading strategies. I started out with pins, changed to velcro leaders, and am now using Red Snappers (and am unlikely to switch unless something really miraculous gets invented). There are some general loading strategies, but even these differ from user to user. I've found Renae Haddadin's videos on using Red Snappers to be very helpful, partly because she uses the same machine that I do. The important thing to remember is that you need the back and top to be square on the frame.

  5. #5
    Super Member amandasgramma's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2009
    La Pine Oregon, USA
    I, too, bought lots of books, but find that the youtube videos more than helpful......I'm a visual person -- i need to SEE it being done. Good luck and remember to HAVE FUN!

    "A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing." by George Bernard Shaw

  6. #6
    Senior Member haylillan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    mid mo
    Blog Entries
    go to the handi quilter web site they have great video for loading quilts

  7. #7
    Super Member caspharm's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    I have bought several LA books and they are great for ideas, but I found classes and practice the best way to learn. As suggested by others, if you belong to a guild, volunteer to quilt charity quilts for free. Loading takes practice, but also try to ask your dealer for tips (if you have one).

    Good luck and enjoy. Welcome to LA.

  8. #8
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    SW Minnesota
    Make sure your top and bottom edges of both the actual quilt top and the backing --are cut very straight so that when you pin it to the leaders, you will have it on the frame straight--or you will ahve a nightmare. I also watched some You-Tubes to learn different ways to load the quilt onto the frame. By the way--did you also get the HQ machine with the frame? If so, you are two very lucky people! Good luck. Hopefully someone with an HQ will chime in her and give you some tips. I have a APQS and I used to have a Tin Lizzie, and I was shown different ways to load them both.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts

SEO by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.