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Thread: need opinion on longarm leaders and loading the quilt

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    Well my longarm is set up and feeding my crew a ham dinner. I'm so excited and grateful. Now I noticed my leaders dont have a hem on them so that I can use the Renae's Red snappers. The leaders are glued on. Is there a way to sew a hem on the leaders with the longarm?

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    I rent time on a Gammill at a LQS. We use zippers and they make loading the quilt very fast. I have to admit that I am not an expert by any means, but the zippers make loading the quilt very easy which means rental time is spent quilting.
    Sue

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    even if you use the zippers you still have to pin the backing to the one part of the zippers that are not attached to the machine. there are red snappers if you really hate to pin check it out

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    I use leader grips. They're wonderful. No more pinning for me. There are You Tube videos out there on how they work.

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    I know this is an older post but I have a tip.. I usually take the leader off ( which is Velcro onto the pole) and take it to my sewing machine, baste my backing on starting in the middle of each leader basting my way out. flip it over and start in the middle again working my way out. this works great, I just have to pull it off and it doesn't rip the quilt or the leader.

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    I've had my long arm for a couple months now - I purchased Start Right cloth leaders when I purchased my machine. They came in a package of 3 and were very easy to install and use. They're a little pricey. (Nancy's notions offer the leaders by the yard http://www.nancysnotions.com/product...oth+leaders.do). Currently I use large pins (like corsage pins) to attach the front and back to the leaders. When I was shopping for a long arm, a shop owner showed me the Red Snapper loading system.....loved it! So quick and easy.....it's on my wish list. (Nancy's Notions also offer Red Snapper).

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    If anyone hasn't suggested it already, I really like "leadergrips" for attaching my quilt fabric to the rollers. I think their website is:


    http://leadergrips.com/

    They work really well and are simple to put on your leader fabric.

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    I got tired of pinning and tried the Red Snappers. I LOVE them. After seeing my Red Snappers, several of my friends ordered them, too. And they all thank me for sharing and eliminating pinning. I'm not familiar with the leadergrips, but they look quite similar.
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    Look into Red Snappers. They have a tutorial that explains it all. Probably best to enter red snappers for quilts rather than just red snapper on your search engine. Red Snapper is also a kind of fish. I have been using the snapper system on my longarm for several months. A really fast way to load quilts.

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