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Thread: side leaders for longarm quilters

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    So creative! Good thinking Eddie!

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    Great idea!! Thanks. Will use it next time :-D

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    Thanks for this tip.It will make my quilting much easier.

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    I don't understand with bungee cords. Could you explain? I'm thinking about the paintstick now too. I usually use the clamps with velcro tied onto them and velcroed to the end rails.

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    That is an awesome idea!
    I will remember that if I ever get brave and make friends with the machine on the frame in the other room....

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    :thumbup: thanks for the tip!

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    Thanks for the great idea!

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    thanks Eddie good for idea so when i get my longarm i,ll try it oh i have a handi quilter the new one on layaway just a couple of more payments and she comes home lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eddie
    I thought I would share an idea that came to me the other day. I had been using some side canvas leaders based on the ones Sharon Schamber has on her quilting site. The only thing that I didn't like about those is that they have to be pinned, unpinned, repinned, etc. when advancing the quilt and rolling it back. So I had a thought (see pic). I just took a couple of paint stir sticks and put one on bottom, one on top, and then clamped it using the two side clamps as well as an additional quick release clamp in the middle. It works great and keeps the side of the quilt from distorting and is very quick to undo and redo. Love it!
    This is a great tip Eddie....I use the paint sticks in my side leaders and for those who haven't made their leaders yet my "Hint" is make a casing at the clamp end just wide enough to get the stick in and then it stays in place and you don't have to juggle getting two sticks lined up perfectly! Works like a charm and so helpful to keep your needle from bumping your clamps and messing up your pattern!

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    Good idea. I use skirt hangers. They are easy to move and the "hook" part of the hanger gets the velco loop through it to pull it taught to the side bar.

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    Patent this idea. You could make a million!

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    I was just given six skirt hangers...what a great idea...i wish i would have read this a week ago...I have a mid arm and when i get to the end it never stays straigt with those little clamps...

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    Oh Eddie! Thanks so much! I will have my TL18 the end next week! *squeal* :)

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    Necessity is the mother of invention and finding a quicker way to do things is always a blessing.

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    Wow, this is a great idea. I'm going to have to try this on my next quilt. I find that even with the bungee clamps on my frame, it's still not enough to make the sides flat.

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    that is a great idea thanks

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    Thank you so much for posting this! I am going to try this on my set-up! :)

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    That's a great tip! Thanks...

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    Eddie - that's just ingenious!
    Thanks for sharing :)

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    Great Idea!!! I've just got my HQ Avanta and I could use all the inside tips I can get. LOL.. nothing like doing something new and getting frustrated by something that can be fixed simply.

    Thanks for sharing

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    What a great idea, thank-you so much!
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    Great idea. I am tired of the pinning, too

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    Thanks for the great idea. I've been having a problem in that area too.
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    I bought the Featherlight Side Clamps from www.quiltshop.us a few years ago and they are wonderful if you only clamp the backing as I do. They are light weight and about 9 inches long with elastic and velcro that attaches them to the frame. They do a great job. I think now they come in a 14 inch size also.

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    Thanks for the tip, Eddie. Someone else had said something about wooden rulers, but I like the flatness of the paint sticks!
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