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Thread: What fabric to use for leader cloth?

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    Senior Member Tashana's Avatar
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    What fabric to use for leader cloth?

    Some say use good quality muslin but others say that it stretches over time. To sum up all the results from all my research the fabric suggestions vary from upholstery fabric, denim and high thread count cotton to Kona white, muslin, and to whatever you have on hand. I am on my way to HOme Depot for hubby and to Joann'a for me so please, please tell me what fabric you used to make your leader cloth. I am not inclined to buy a pre-made one. Thank you!
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    Why not look at the premade ones and buy something very close. Anything you buy will eventually wear out or just get old.
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    I think canvas works well.
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    I use canvas as well.
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    I used cotton duck, same thing as canvas but that's the name I found it under.

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    I don't have a long arm but I wonder if that thick 4 inch wide tape that you can buy to make pleated drapes would work?

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    Cotton duck, no color and don't wash.

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    My used Voyager/Hinterberg frame came with canvas leaders. It is different than duck. I believe canvas is better than duck because canvas can take getting wet better (cotton duck does *not* respond well to water!). I believe you can purchase canvas by the yard from art stores such as Dick Blick.

    Edit: I found a link to canvas on a roll online. You would want the unprimed canvas:
    http://www.dickblick.com/products/bl...kTracking=true

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    i made mine from woven polyester - no stretch at all!!!
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    I used "ticking" (the heavy kind). I was using muslin but like others have written, it stretches over time. And I think the ticking makes it easier to pin the other fabric too.

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    For my Bailey, I went to the clearance section back of the Joann Fabrics store and found this neat home decor or canvas type material at only $5.00/yard. I bought what was left. I made the leaders using the dimensions given in the booklet that came with the Grace Majestic Frame. I have enough left over to make another set of leaders at 45 inches wide perfect for a child's lap quilt. I stitched a quick fusible bias tape (1/4 inch) down the center of each leader. You can use what you have on hand...twill tape, narrow woven ribbon, etc. I do not see the need for the inches to be marked down on the leaders as long as you have the center marked on each leader.

    For my previous shortarm set up, I used pillow ticking which worked well, too.

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    I use pillow ticking also, you know the kind with the blue (or red) stripes. Joann's carries it and it is not really too expensive. It is really sturdy and should last for a long time. Just make sure you get the old fashioned ticking as there is some out there that is lesser quality. I bought what I needed for the length of my quilting frame poles and was able to get all three poles out of that piece. I love the ticking because the stripes run the length of the poles and kind of act like guide lines to pin to and keeps my backing and top nice and square and straight. Also, I surged the raw edge so no possible way it can fray. I don't know how you are going to use this, but I found that the double sided carpet tape works for applying the ticking to the poles. Hope this helps you a little!

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