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LA owners don't say much about loading a quilt on the frame.

LA owners don't say much about loading a quilt on the frame.

Old 03-02-2011, 04:40 AM
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Originally Posted by kathy
that's why a lot of LAs went ot zippered leaders, but you still have to pin or sew the pieces to the leaders, then you just zip them onto your frame.
unless I run into problems I can usually get one ready in about an hour
maybe knowing this will make the price more understandable to those looking for a quilter
Agreed. I use zippered leaders and can load a quilt in an hour. I also float my top (unless it is queen or king size) so that saves time.
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Old 03-02-2011, 05:01 AM
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Originally Posted by charismah
it doesn't take me two hours to pin on even a king size quilt...and I pin everything....no tricks or zippered leaders...I think it is just a matter of practice. Probably does take me about an hour...if there are problems...then could take longer..but I try to recognize the problems before actually pinning.
Same here....about 45 minutes to an hour. The first time it took a little longer but goes quickly now.
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Old 03-02-2011, 05:23 AM
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Spending some time with a LA quilter is a valuable experience and one that I would reccommend to any quilter considering buying a midarm or long arm machine set-up. I have a whole new appreciation for our long arm quilters now. I also know now that I don't want to invest in one of these machines and uderstand why they charge what they do. I could never justify the cost of long arm set-up for just my quilts and I've decided that I don't want to do this for a living. I might have wasted a lot of money and been badly disappointed if I hadn't spent a day with Chris.
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Old 03-02-2011, 05:30 AM
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I think with time you'll get faster, just like anything else. I used zipper leaders, but I still pinned my backing to the zippers. I had zippers just incase I had to take the quilt off the frame and when I zipped it back on it was still the same as the first time I put it on.
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Old 03-02-2011, 05:30 AM
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I think I have it down to just under an hour for a bigger quilt. But I don't do it that often so that seems like a long time some days but in comparsion to the amount of time it takes to finish it, I love it. I used to hate the pinning and sandwiching so the LA is great I end up with much less issues on the back.

We have the zippered leaders but very rarely take them off... only when we get frusterated with a quilt so we take it off, do a different project and then put it back on to finish it later.

My mom has a quilt on there right now so last weekend I made a baby quilt on my regular machine and it was killer! Oh well, I have 2 more tops ready to go on the rack so I think i have a busy weekend ahead of me.

I have to have 1 done for Monday (it's a guild challenge)
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Old 03-02-2011, 06:10 AM
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Chrismah could you move to AZ, I would like you for a neighbor, the house next door is empty. -- J.
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Old 03-02-2011, 06:18 AM
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Maybe the reason it took so long was because she was teaching you how to do it. There is talking time and demo time. If she was doing it all by herself it would probaly be a much shorter time.
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Old 03-02-2011, 06:19 AM
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Chrismah could you move to AZ, I would like you for a neighbor, the house next door is empty. -- J.
Oh.. no I 've got an empty one here by me!! I'll even offer some cooking.
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Old 03-02-2011, 06:28 AM
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I was wondering how long it takes to load one. I guess if it took 2 hours, it would be worth it in the long run; considering it takes me several weeks to quilt one by hand.
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Originally Posted by j
Chrismah could you move to AZ, I would like you for a neighbor, the house next door is empty. -- J.
i agree with that!
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