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    I've loaded my quilt backing, and have it straight, rolled it a few times to make sure everything is straight, but even though I have rolled the backing a few times to get the fabric to behave, it still sags on the right hand side for the first 16" or so...have any advice or help what to do...will it be ok to just put the batting on and top and start to quilt it? my table and everything is level so it's not that...I know that I was told to roll the backing several times to get the fabric to behave, but my heavens how many times do you have to do this....

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    Is the backing square? If so do you have anything on the rack to give it side tension? You can use something as simple as one of those pincher type clothes hangers for pants and a bungee cord if your rack is not set up with side clamps.

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    I have side clamps...just thought it shouldn't sag even before I put the side clamps on..but will try that. I measured and remeasured the backing and it measure that it is square.

    Ok so I put the side clamps on and it did pick up the sagging on the right side, not perfect but it should be ok (I hope so) fingers crossed

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    It does sound like it may not be square. You'd be surprised how much being even a little bit off will throw this off.

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    it doesn't sound square to me either - the fact that its one side makes me think it isn't square.

    did you roll it on evenly? maybe you skewed it to one side cause the other side to have slack in it.

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    The other thing that can happen is a crease in your canvas leader. To check for a crease, you have to unroll the whole thing and then reroll.

    In the event of no crease, your backing fabric is not squared.

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    how did you 'load' it? did you pin the backing to leaders? or baste it? it could be off because something there is out of line

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    I pinned the backing to the leader. but by putting the clamps on it did pick up the slack. So would it be ok to just go with that, or do you recommend taking it all off remeasuring the backing and start over? This is a quilt for a charity auction and not a customer.

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    if for charity just go for it-it does sound like backing is not square

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    No clue if this will help, but I have an out-of-square quilt in my hand quilting frame. I put a few pieces of batting in the quilt roll on the longer side of the misshapen quilt to take up the slack. I'm sure I've committed an unpardonable sin, but it made it easier to work with.

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    I've done quilting where the back sags a little on one side and figured the customer didn't have the back quite square but everything quilted out nicely so I say-go ahead and do it.

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    It sounds like it's not enough to worry about. I'll often tighten the sagging section by twisting the rolled part of the quilt around the bar.

    I always wish that backing fabrics were torn, that's the only time I like fabric being torn, but you are ensured of a square backing that way and the rolling back and forth is what pulls any "out of bias" from being on the bolt straight. Sort of like how we used to do in sewing class before we laid the pattern out :).

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    Well what I did, put the clamps on and it picked up some of the slack and then tucked a bit of batting in to pick the rest of the slack up...hummm, one must remember before you roll to take out the batting :oops: , but all is fine and it seems to be quilting fine...will post pictures of it when I'm done...oh yes, I didn't pick a very good pantograph as it has lots of hills and valleys and well this quilt had lots of seams...but it looks to be fine.....thanks everyone for your help...greatly appreciated. :) :thumbup:

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