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Thread: Red Snapper's Quilt Loading system

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    Red Snapper's Quilt Loading system

    This is listed in the Nancy's Notions catalog. It says no pinning/basting your quilt on the frame. Perfect tension. Has anybody used this? Did you think it is worth the money?
    Thanks!

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    I have them and I love them. No more picking my finger with pins. I bought them direct from the company and they are quite expensive but I don't regret the purchase.

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    I have them and love them, but I went directly to the company on the internet. There is a little bit of a learning curve to use them but it doesn't take long to learn. I can now load a king size quilt in about 15 mins. Just google Red Snappers.

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    I have them also and just love them.

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    I also have them. I particularly like the side pieces, the Red-E-Edge. They're sold separately.

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    I am going to look for thrm when i go to Paducah. I think they are what Matt Sparrow(manquilter) uses.

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    I have them too and recommend them to anyone. They are great. I don't think there is much of a learning curve and they are fast. There are youtube vidoes that tell you a lot about them, give them a try.
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    I have the Red Snappers for my Tin Lizzie and the are awesome. I also have the side ones, but, in all honesty, I have never figured out how tow use them. I love the Red Snappers for loading the quilt though, and I would say they are a definite must.
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    I have them, and they came in so handy this week when I had to unload a big quilt to do a quick baby quilt and then put the big quilt back on the frame. Worth the money right there.

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    I have tried them and want some. It is difficult for me to fully use them due to my hand disabilities. So, when/if I get any they would be used for all but the quilt bottom end as I can get much closer using the QuilTak gun.

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    I have them also, but do have some reservations about recommending them to anyone with a small (9") throat space. I find I cannot use them on the take-up roll as they take up too much room and I run out of quilting space too quickly. So still have to pin the top. However, because I used velcro for the leaders, I can take the leader, back, batting and top over to a table and pin them there. Also, I have a hard time getting them to snap in place because I just don't have the strength in my hands that I used to have. But with that said, I still wouldn't give them up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sandybeach View Post
    I have them also, but do have some reservations about recommending them to anyone with a small (9") throat space. I find I cannot use them on the take-up roll as they take up too much room and I run out of quilting space too quickly. So still have to pin the top. However, because I used velcro for the leaders, I can take the leader, back, batting and top over to a table and pin them there. Also, I have a hard time getting them to snap in place because I just don't have the strength in my hands that I used to have. But with that said, I still wouldn't give them up.
    Sandy, thanks for that information on the short arm setup. I have a short arm on a frame, so that's important information for me. Thanks again!!

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    I need help from everyone! LOL. I am a newbies newby. I am so close to 60 that I am shaking hands with it and have never before sewed. In fact, if a hem came out I was one of those people that stapled it until I could get it to the dry cleaners for repair. LOL

    My first purchase was a Bernina 580. Fell in love and have been hooked ever since. I probably have more fabric than my small community Bernina Shop has. Next purchase was a way over priced chair but it is comfortable so what the hey. Next was a Used Bernina 820 and a new Grace King Quilting Frame. That being purchased in December 2013. It has been a nightmare getting the quilt shop I purchased it from to follow through on everything that they would say would be done. I finally just started searching the web to find things that would help me to get it set up. I don't even have the clothe leaders on. But in my search I came across the Red Snappers. Now I want them BAD. lol.

    Here is my question, after going through all the above that you really didn't need. lol My cloth leaders that came with the Grace King frame have a velcro system. There is no hem to slide anything through. Can I just simply buy another set of cloth leaders that are hemmed and use the Red Snappers on my Grace Frame?

    Anything any of ya'll can do to help would be so very much appreciated. I promise, the next time I ask a question will not be so long winded.

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    red snapper

    Quote Originally Posted by guntherquilter View Post
    This is listed in the Nancy's Notions catalog. It says no pinning/basting your quilt on the frame. Perfect tension. Has anybody used this? Did you think it is worth the money?
    Thanks!
    Go to youtube and Renae H - not sure how to spell her name - lovely instructions on how to use them.
    I have them - took off my zippers and never looked back. Love the red e edge, but I have more problems loading one side than the other. I know what I have to do, my hands sometimes don't agree.
    Judi in Ohio

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    I bought the Mondo clips instead - much less expensive, and they work exactly the same.
    Here's where you get the clips:
    http://www.amazon.com/Clip-n-Seal-Ba...ds=mondo+clips
    And here's a YouTube on using them:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wq2U1bvnpRg
    and I have the velco leaders as well - it was very easy to make the sleeve for the mondo tube to go into.
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    I bought the Leadergrip system - similar product. I am very pleased with them, quick and easy to load/unload - I found that pressing the bar to attach the quilt requires a little practise to find the right balance of position and pressure to get it to snap easily.
    Also, mine were so tight that I had difficulty getting all three layers on when required, so I bought a length of dowelling that was a little bigger diameter than the round guide pieces and left the grip part snapped onto it for a few days - repeated with enough lengths for width of frame. I now keep these pieces for three layer attachment. The dowelling was just big enough to stretch the grip part a little and now it snaps on well, without being too loose.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jljack View Post
    Sandy, thanks for that information on the short arm setup. I have a short arm on a frame, so that's important information for me. Thanks again!!
    I was told (and have found out way too late) that a Bernina 820 is really not a longarm sewing machine.
    I bought a Grace King for the 820 and have had little help from my dealer getting it put together. Found a sight with rave reviews about the Red Snappers and got very excited but my throat size is only 12". Would that be wide enough to use the Red Snappers.

    Thanks for any help ya'll can give me.

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    I've googled the company's url but can't find it. Where is the best place to get these? Thanks, KD

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    tonka2shoes - Yes you can use the Red Snappers with a 12" throat machine. They work with my 9" throat machine. You just have to pin the backing, batting and quilt top to the take-up roller (hopefully you have a Velcro applied leader on the take-up roller). Then you can use the Red Snappers for the bottom end of both the backing and quilt top.

    kdeems - Here is the site to purchase them: http://www.longarmsupplies.net/red_snappers.aspx

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    Another thing that I have found works very well is to baste sew a scrap 2.5 inch strip along the top and the bottom of the quilt top before I start loading it on the frame. It gives me room to be able to quilt right up to the top and right down to the bottom of the quilt top without running into either pins or the Red Snappers.

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    here is another company that makes them and they are clear instead of red [so you can see if the quilt is straight ] web site is www.leadergrips.com................i got a set at paducha this year

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    Many thanks!

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    Which leaders do you use for the Red Snappers? I only have the zippered leaders and the cheap leaders that came with my Handi-Quilter. I think I'm going to have to purchase others, any suggestions. Thanks all! KD

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    They look really nice!

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    love love love them. Once you try them you will never want to pin again
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