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So when I first decided I was going to buy a Millennium, I started asking longarmers what I would definitely need. On an instruction video from Manquilter I saw them using leader grips. After talking to many folks, I bought a set of Red Snappers for my Malcolm, even though I hadn't even ordered a machine yet. They stood in the package over at the side of the room. Three months later, I had a Millie all set up and ready to play in my home. I could not quite figure out how to install the rods on my leads and I kept putting it off saying that pinning isn't that bad. Last week I quilted a queen-sized quilt, and pinning WAS that bad. So yesterday, I finally installed the red snappers to my machine's leaders. Minutes ago, I loaded my first quilt top with the leaders. Such bliss! It took me all of maybe five minutes to load the top, batting, and backing, and to sew the top and sides. Why didn't I do this last October when I set up the machine? The "quilt top" I loaded is actually a light weight upholstery fabric that looks like a quilt of 4-inch squares in muted country colors. I bought this fabric for a song a decade ago, thinking I might want to use it as a backing, but it was never "right" for any quilt I was making. It has become a perfect fabric for me to practice my ruler work and hand-guided quilting with my Malcolm. It's about 4 feet wide by 9 feet long, so I have lots of practice ahead of me! Yay! It'll make a serviceable picnic quilt when I'm done playing. And I am still stocking up my little studio with 'essentials' I might need one day. I figure I should be well-stocked so I'm set to go when I retire and have less of an income. Just ordered a couple gross of magna glide bobbins and a new bobbin case to use just with them. (under $12 for the case from APQS) Happy fourth everyone! Kevin
I would like to order zippered leaders for my 12 foot frame. Does anyone have a suggestion of where to order them from? I do not live near any place that sells them. I will need to order online. Thanks so much for any help!
I have been an APQS member for over eight years, have had my Mille for at least seven, but am still a very inexperienced 'newbie.' I am just starting to use my Mille and decided to go with leader grips. I have only pinned about three practice pieces, but leader grips at this stage of my learning present one less procedure to perfect. I want to mark and stitch the casings on my leaders for the leader grips, but note that the leaders for all three rollers are not evenly wound and all three are a different distance (in inches) from the end(s) of the rollers bars. Should the leaders all be the same distance from the ends of the bars and should they all be rolled up evenly so that you can't see the edges on the sides of each rolled up leader? I can liken it to rolling a tube of, let's say, wrapping paper, where either end is perfectly in line. I think the leaders should be the same, but......I don't know. Any help would be appreciated. Carolyn
Have any of you added centering measuring tapes to your leaders? I have the thought I might like to do that so I can mount my quilts not necessarily in the center of the frame but off to one side or the other and this would help with that. Have any of you done this? If so, how did you attach the tape to the leader. If you don't do this, how would you mount a quilt off center of the frame. The reason I ask is that I have add on equipment that takes up room at one side or the other of the quilt and I only have a 10 foot frame hench the need to mount off center. Hopefully someone out there has some suggestions for me other than getting a longer frame.