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    Question on Red Snappers

    This is a question for all longarm quilters...I have been quilting on a longarm for only a couple of months and recently viewed a video demonstrating Red Snappers - an alternative to pinning the quilt top and back to the leaders. Please let me know your opinions, pro or con, if you have ever used these. I constantly seem too be sticking myself and the Snappers appear to offer a painless solution. Thanks!

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    Those that have them seem to love them. I tried making the Poor Man's red snappers http://www.quiltingboard.com/picture...s-t234134.html and while these worked pretty well I still go back to pinning. I guess I have become proficient at it, and it seems easier to line up my centers for the backing. I have only been bit by the pins on a handful of occasions. The snappers use a bit more fabric so you have to allow for that when preparing your backing. Apparently they are rather tight when you first use them and it takes quite a big of hand strength to get them into place properly but I have read they loosen up with use. They make for quick loading once you get past the learning curve.

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    I have had a mid arm for about 6 years, but really got in to using the past year and a half. I always pinned. About 6 months ago I bought the red snappers (after trying the poor man's red snappers). I didn't think the price was so bad for them. I can load a quilt very quickly. Much quicker than with pins, and more even. Here is a link for a you tube demo that is just how I do it. I think you would enjoy using them. I don't think it uses more than 1/4" more fabric than pinning. IMHO Ann
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    I have "Leader Grips" - similar product. They work well. If the "grip" is too tight, just buy a length of dowelling a little bigger diameter and put the grip on it for a while - it will stretch it slightly as if you had used it awhile and make it easier to put into place. I don't use pins anymore to attach the quilt components to the frame. I still use them at times to anchor fabric where I want it prior to basting etc.

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    I love my red snappers. They're super easy to use and if I get halfway through a quilt and want to work on a different one it's no big deal. Just a few seconds to take off the one i'm working on, a few minutes to load the other one and good to go! The only con is that sometimes if i'm working at the very top or bottom of a quilt my machine may 'catch' briefly on them but it's nof nearly enough of an issue to not use them. Go ahead and order them - you'll wish you'd done it sooner!

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    I have the Red Snappers and have used them for a couple of years. I absolutely love them! Several of my longarm friends bought some after they saw mine, and they all sing their praises, too.

    They can be a bit tight, especially in the beginning, but I have never had a problem with them.
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    I have the Red Snappers that I use on my Bernina frame, with my Bernina 820. I don't know if I would use the word "love" as there are issues with them; such as tight to use at first , catching the platform at the beginning and ending of the quilt, and an un-quilted space at the beginning and end. However, it is the best method of loading a quilt on the frame that I have found. I also tried basting and pinning the quilt to the leaders. If there is a better way, I have not found it.

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    I have them and love them. Easy to use. Bend them AWAY from the rod to make snapping them into place easier. I have RA, which effects my hands and I don't find them difficult.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GEMRM View Post
    I have "Leader Grips" - similar product. They work well. If the "grip" is too tight, just buy a length of dowelling a little bigger diameter and put the grip on it for a while - it will stretch it slightly as if you had used it awhile and make it easier to put into place. I don't use pins anymore to attach the quilt components to the frame. I still use them at times to anchor fabric where I want it prior to basting etc.
    i also use these and LOVE LOVE LOVE them
    Nancy

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    We tried the poor man's red snappers (DH made them) but they were to hard for me to use. We recently upgraded from a wooden frame to a metal frame and it has the zippers and I love them. It is so easy to load and unload. I like them so muÁh better than pinning. I find them so much more accurate with centering and advancing.
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    I have arthritis & it took forever for me to pin on a quilt. I now have the red snappers and love them. So much easier, faster & more comfortable for me to load a quilt. Would buy them again & recommend them whenever someone asks me about them.

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    I have the Leader Grips (same as RS) and love them. My DH bought me the grippers that hold the entire thickness of the quilt and these will be used when I turn the quilt to do the side borders.
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    Thank you for starting this thread and for all your comments. I have some Christmas money to spend just on me, and have been considering purchasing these.

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    My husband bought me the red snappers when I purchased the new longarm, so I've been using them for about 3 months. It sure makes loading/ unloading easier, faster. I've had no problems lining up straight or needing excess fabric. They are a nice addition to my upgrade
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    Got them, love them, if you are having a problem with them being tight use a hair dryer to warm up the clip on piece. I didn't have any problems at all...

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    Quote Originally Posted by TexasSunshine View Post
    We recently upgraded from a wooden frame to a metal frame and it has the zippers and I love them. It is so easy to load and unload. I like them so muÁh better than pinning.
    How do you attach your top to the zippers?

    There are several different products to choose from: Red Snappers, Leader Grips, and Mondo Clips. Some people also use the bar magnets from Harbor Freight, designed to hold knives or tools.

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    I love my Red Snappers. I was always stabbing myself with pins. I am thinking about also making zipper leaders, in case I want to swap out quilts in mid stream. However, I will probably have to buy another set of Red Snappers.

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    I've also got the red snappers. Being left handed, it took me forever to pin, so another LAQ turned me onto the red snappers. It sure made a difference! No more getting stuck by pins & it is so much faster to load & unload a quilt! I can also change quilts mid-stream, if needed, without too much trouble. Definitely worth the investment!

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    I use poor man's red snappers and they do work. For me, I find it helps to pin every few inches before snapping in the outer tubes. They don't work well with flannel since it is thicker than cotton. Also the snapper on the top edge does take up space in the throat space of the machine. It's not a problem with the bottom edge of the backing, though.

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    I bought a pair of red snappers the first of this year. I love them! At first they are pretty hard to snap on, but once you use them a couple times they work great. They hold the quilt better than pins, more even, and it's faster to load the quilt with them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chaney Ranch View Post
    This is a question for all longarm quilters...I have been quilting on a longarm for only a couple of months and recently viewed a video demonstrating Red Snappers - an alternative to pinning the quilt top and back to the leaders. Please let me know your opinions, pro or con, if you have ever used these. I constantly seem too be sticking myself and the Snappers appear to offer a painless solution. Thanks!

    I love mine. I cut mine into 4ft and 2ft sections so that I can easily put them on and work with any size quilt on my 10ft frame.
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    I have the ones made by leader grips (www.leadergrips.com) I love them. They are easy to use, but it did take a little practice

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    Thank you all for your comments...you convinced me! I'm placing my order today!!!
    Wishing you all a healthy, prosperous, and Blessed New Year!
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    I rent a long arm quilting machine at our LQS. It has the zipper system and I think it is awesome. I bought a zipper set for using on my quilts. I baste a zipper to the top and bottom of the backing, and just on the bottom of the quilt top at home. Then when I go to the shop to do the quilting all I have to do is zip my fabrics to the zippers on the longarm and quilt away. It is so simple.

    Quote Originally Posted by TexasSunshine View Post
    We tried the poor man's red snappers (DH made them) but they were to hard for me to use. We recently upgraded from a wooden frame to a metal frame and it has the zippers and I love them. It is so easy to load and unload. I like them so muÁh better than pinning. I find them so much more accurate with centering and advancing.

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    I have red snappers, but do not use them. The only time I have ever had to add more backing was using the red snappers and it happened every time I used them. I do a lot of charity quilting and usually the backing is only 6" larger than the width and length. The things are so flexible I had a hard time getting the quilt straight. I did like the speed putting on and taking off a quilt. DH also likes the speed. I may try them again when we have extra backing fabric. The tightness was another problem. I have RA is both hands.

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