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    Junior Member Pattil's Avatar
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    can anyone walk me through putting on the "leader cloths" on my frame? I purchased a new "long arm" and I really confused how to get them on. I have "three" that go on.


    Thank you so much,

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    Which long arm and frame did you purchase? it makes a difference on the way they are set up.

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    I have handi quilter II frame and i used heavy duty duct tape! then all i do is baste stitch my quilt to that

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    Go to YouTube and goggle Handi quilter. It's amazing the video's you can watch to help you with that.

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    Instead of duct tape I use sticky velcro on the pipes & sew the other side to the leaders.
    That way if you want to take them off you can put them back.

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    I used painter's tape on my first frame and just taped them to a seam line on the poles. On the second frame I used sticky back velcro on the poles.

    I use T-pins to pin my backing & quilt tops to the leaders. Didn't want to mess with zippers, basting guns or anything else. The pins stay in the leaders so I don't have to go hunting for them later.

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    Please post the name of your longarm so others can help you, good luck

    Quote Originally Posted by Pattil
    can anyone walk me through putting on the "leader cloths" on my frame? I purchased a new "long arm" and I really confused how to get them on. I have "three" that go on.


    Thank you so much,

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    Congratulations on your new machine! I have a Handiquilter and mine are put on with the sticky velcro. It also is important to get it on with a straight line. A laser light was used and worked like a charm! It is handy to be able to take your quilt on and off. I have a double set of leaders for when I'm practicing and then when I need to do a real quilt I just switch out the leaders...easy on...easy off! Hope that helps! :-D

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    I just put leaders on my frame - made them out of decorator striped fabric... I used wide masking tape to put them on.
    I will probably do the velcro next time around - get sticky back to put on the poles and regular sew in for the material... love that idea!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pattil
    can anyone walk me through putting on the "leader cloths" on my frame? I purchased a new "long arm" and I really confused how to get them on. I have "three" that go on.


    Thank you so much,
    I want to thank all of you for your great suggestions on how to put on the Leader cloths on my quilting frame....wish some of you were here in Ohio and I'd have you over for lunch and you could "walk me through it cause I sure am a little nervous about it. The name of my frame is "Pfaff Next Generation" from "The Grace Company"

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    1. Lay the poles from your frame on a level floor and mark a straight line down the length of the poles from end to end. 2.Run a bead of a glue that will adhere to the surface of your poles and the fabric leaders about one half inch from the line that you marked. 3 Carefully lay the long straight edge of your fabric leader along the marked line and press it onto the glue (you will probably need the help of family or friends to do this) 4. Run duct tape or packing tape over the edge of the leaders making sure the center of the tape is running down the edge of the leader. in other words the tape will be half on the leaders and half on the poles. This is how I attached my leaders ten years ago and they are still very secure.

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    I have this same frame. You should have received some round flexible tubing and a small roller with your frame. The roller looks similar to a rotary cutter, but without a blade.

    1. You place the leaders on the pole, positioned over the slot in the pole. Leave about 1/4" of leader beyond the slot.
    2. Then position the tubing over the slot with the leader in place.
    3. Use the roller to roll the tubing into the slot with the leader, thereby holding the leader in place.

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    Thank you so much for the info. I'm glad to hear you have the same frame. Do you have "three" leader cloths like I do? And I was told they "all" go on the frame,is that true?
    Thanks

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    Yes. All 3 go on the frame. One is used on the take up roller, one on the backing roller and one on the quilt top roller. You won't need one for the batting roller.

    Make certain the center marks are lined up on all 3 leaders, when in place on the rollers. This will help in keeping the quilt square, when quilting the sandwich.

    My leader cloths were homemade by the previous owner of the setup and are different lengths. If yours are also different lengths, use the shortest on the take up roller and the longest on the quilt top roller.

    Now that I have a new to me serger, a gift from my mother, I'll be making another stronger set of leaders for mine. They were made out of muslin and not very strong. Duck cloth will be a better alternative and I'll use that for my next set.

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    Thank you soooooooooooo much......you have been so helpful,like so many on the "Quilting Board".
    Patti in Ohio

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