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Pros & Cons of floating a top!

Old 12-23-2014, 03:16 PM
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I started out pinning the back and rolling it , adding the batting and then pinning the top and rolling it. Later I saw someone floating the top, I did it and liked it better.

I told the person that taught me that I now float my tops and she was in disbelieve that I would do that. Some times I find that it is easier to work in a top that is not too square... What do you LAers do??
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Old 12-23-2014, 03:30 PM
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Could you please explain the floating process? Anything that could make life easier with a domestic machine is welcome!
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i always liked floating my tops. sometimes, though, they can go crooked, so that needs to be watched
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I like floating my tops and have found the clips (got mine from Jamie Wallen) keep the top snug when extra tension is needed.
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Does this technique only apply to long arm quilting?
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Originally Posted by Stitchnripper View Post
Does this technique only apply to long arm quilting?
I think so
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Old 12-23-2014, 04:18 PM
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Yes, this is a frame quilting technique. No way to float a top with a domestic machine, I'm afraid!

I tried floating, but found I get better results the traditional way -- keeps everything square and even.
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Originally Posted by QuiltnNan View Post
i always liked floating my tops. sometimes, though, they can go crooked, so that needs to be watched
I've always floated my tops, and use a longarm tape to keep them from going crooked. It works like a charm! Wouldn't be without it. I align the markers along each edge and every sash. Really keeps things square.
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Originally Posted by MFord View Post
Could you please explain the floating process? Anything that could make life easier with a domestic machine is welcome!
MFord, "floating" is when only the top edge of the quilt is attached to the frame, and the rest just hangs over the bar. I float my top and batting, but attach the backing to keep it taut, since it's harder to see. I used to float it all, but when I ended up with a fold in my backing that I didn't catch until later, I started rolling my backing again. Here's a quilt floated:
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Originally Posted by cindi View Post
I've always floated my tops, and use a longarm tape to keep them from going crooked. It works like a charm! Wouldn't be without it. I align the markers along each edge and every sash. Really keeps things square.
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Cindi... thanks ever so much for posting that! I saw it in a picture here once [may have been on your setup] and thought that I really need to get myself one of those!!!
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