Longarm Quilter’s use different tools and methods for loading a quilt and over the years I’ve settled into a routine that works for me. Since I frequently get questions I thought I’d snap some photos and share my process here.
I pin just the backing to my leaders – standing at the machine and using corsage pins. I have zippered leaders but after the first year or two I found it easier to just stand and pin rather than to unzip the leader and sit on the floor in front of the machine.
Once the backing is pinned, I roll it all on the top bar and then as I’m rolling to bottom, I use a squirt bottle with water to spritz any areas with wrinkles – no pressing backings for me! The spritz and the tension on the rollers magically removes any wrinkles.
Finn is too young and curious to let loose in the sewing room but the downstairs bathroom makes a good playpen where he can watch me quilt. He doesn’t mind being contained as long as he can see me and usually settles down and takes a nap.
I bought my side and C clamps at a quilt show and the businesses are no longer on the internet but a quick search of Grip Lite clamps comes up with several options including Nancy’s Notions. Nothing popped up with a quick search for the Quilter’s C clamps but I’m sure someone out there still sells them.