Shannon M. Hicks

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    Shannon M. Hicks got a reaction from Marti10245 in Bliss upgrade leftovers   
    I have stretched a long piece of bungee cord between the legs of my machine that I use to hold back the quilt top and batting when I float my quilts.  There are several different weights at your hardware store--go for a medium to heavier weight so that it keeps it held back. If it's too light weight the weight of the fabric/batting will flex it too much.  It will never be quite as smooth as the pipes, but its worked for me for years and is very inexpensive!!  AND...you can work around the stuff you have under your machine.  
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    Shannon M. Hicks got a reaction from Bekah in Bliss upgrade leftovers   
    I have stretched a long piece of bungee cord between the legs of my machine that I use to hold back the quilt top and batting when I float my quilts.  There are several different weights at your hardware store--go for a medium to heavier weight so that it keeps it held back. If it's too light weight the weight of the fabric/batting will flex it too much.  It will never be quite as smooth as the pipes, but its worked for me for years and is very inexpensive!!  AND...you can work around the stuff you have under your machine.  
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    Shannon M. Hicks reacted to jimerickson in Table modification-Making the most of your reach   
    Shannon:  I resolved the issue, but this probably won't be very helpful.  I built a new roller rack.  What will be probably even less helpful is that my machine is an Ult 2, not a freedom.  Inorder to get at my batting to keep it smooth as I advance the quilt, I made separate arms that hold the quilt top roller, that allow me to lift it above the quilt sandwich.  I positioned the quilt top roller below that backing roller, and about a roller diameter further out.  I used gas struts to assist i lifting the roller when I want to look at my batting.
     
    I'm not very familar with the Freedom table, so I don't know whether the quilt top roller can be lowered and it's direction of rotation reversed. (the backing needs to come off the top of the roller, not the bottom)  If it can be, then you could use it as you backing roller.  That would get you half way there.  All you'd have to do then is fabricate mounts to hold the top roller below the backing roller.  There is one caution that I must offer however.  Many of the accessories for APQS machines depend on the elevated top roller.  For instance my Quiltazoid is designed to clamp to the top roller. With my roller configuration I had to accomodate a special bar for my table to clamp it to when I use it.  If you can e-mail me photos of the roller assembly of your table, maybe I can come up with some ideas.  Right now I'm working on doing modifications to a Gammill table so I can get at the batting on it.  Their "pivetal  access" arragnement stinks.  Jim
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    Shannon M. Hicks got a reaction from Ann Wight in Bliss upgrade leftovers   
    I have stretched a long piece of bungee cord between the legs of my machine that I use to hold back the quilt top and batting when I float my quilts.  There are several different weights at your hardware store--go for a medium to heavier weight so that it keeps it held back. If it's too light weight the weight of the fabric/batting will flex it too much.  It will never be quite as smooth as the pipes, but its worked for me for years and is very inexpensive!!  AND...you can work around the stuff you have under your machine.