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I had read where a bungee cord and clamp could help reduce drag when quilting this last quilt I quilted I gave it a try. I was amazed at have much difference just a little lift made. I tied a heavy piece of cord elastic to the window shade brace and tied the other end to a giant clothes pin, than clip it to the quilt. Wasn't the ideal location as it was on the right side and behind the machine would be better. It was good enough to convince me that it would be worth investing in or rigging something better from the ceiling.
Glad you have a bigger machine, I also have a machine with a very small harp space.
Sandy should chime in here and show her set-up rig that she uses to hold up the edges of her quilts. I don't know what you call them, but they are the stands used by dog groomers to attach the leash and hold it up while the dog is being groomed. Those stand things clamp onto the edge of your quilting table. I don't remember what kind of bungee cords and clips Sandy uses, but it seems like a very effective system for holding up the edges of the quilt so it doesn't drag while you're trying to quilt. I'm not explaining it very well. Maybe Sandy will chime in and show a photo or describe her rig.
What a beautiful, personal, and thoughtful quilt! I bet he was touched by your thoughtfulness.
Well, good for you! Congratulations on your new machine, No doubt you will be having lots of fun playing with her.
The gears quilt looks awesome. Great colors.
Congratulations on your new toy!
I have been into a lot of sewing the last week since I got back to the RV in Colorado. DBIL manufactures arm slings and has a shop with amazing stuff includine a ginormous cutting table. He actually gave me a key to the shop so I can go whenever I want. So far I have cut out muslin for 4 clothing patterns......I used an old sheet. Pants and 3 dresses. I sewed 3 of them and made a few tweaks. I cut out 3 in my fabtics. Yesterday I finished sewing the first sundress. I still need to hem it. I used a fun rayon fabric I got at SAS during the retreat. I am going to make another with the same pattern using another fabric from SAS.
DH went to New Mexico for the weekend to work on the house and I stayed here. I am going to Colorado Fabrics (formerly Denver Fabrics). I am hoping to find fabric for a fancy dress I cut fabric for a muslin yesterday. We are attending 3 wedings this Summer and I don't have a fancy dress. One of the invites said coctail dress.
I've seen the kind of rig you are talking about at Road To CA...I think both Caryl Bryer Fallert and Kathy McNeil have setups kinda like this as well...I think Kathy's might be attached to her ceiling... but holding the weight of the quilt is a great idea!
My sewing room has barely enough room for me...someday I hope to have a bigger sewing room where I could have something like this!
heh... Quilt Suspension...here is one by Joanie Zeier Poole - http://heirloomquiltingdesigns.com/product/weightless-quilter/
It looks fantastic but I have no floor space to set it up. I have just enough room to get in and out myself! And my ceiling is too low for that to work. I love the idea but it won't work in my sewing area. Thank you for showing me that.