Mercedes Posted September 6, 2009 Report Share Posted September 6, 2009 Well, I'm trying to float a quilt top and the instructions for mounting a quilt on the frame are clear as mud in the manual I have- even the hand drawn pictures aren't much help. I pulled the following directions out of the archives but I need some help. Is the take-up roller the first roller if you're standing in front of the machine? Is the backiing roller the 4th roller away when standing in front of the machine? I'm a little frustrated but still singing along to the tunes so I guess I must have having fun! LOL Here's the instructions I pulled from the archives.....Mercedes 1 pin the backing to the take-up and backing rollers lining up the center marks with the center marks on the canvas leaders. Roll up the backing onto the backing roller until it is taut across the top. #2 Lay the batting on top of the taut backing on the frame. I do not pin the batt to any canvase leader. Some folks pin or stitch baste the batt to the backing. I like to lay my batt so it overlaps where the backing is pinned to the take-up roller. It just protects my fingers a bit. #3 Lay the quilt top over the batting being careful to line up your center mark on the quilt top with the center mark on the canvas. The quilt top does not get pinned to any canvas. The quilt top gets pin-basted from the top, thru the batt to the backing. I use about 5 pins on a lap size quilt. Then I stitch baste across the top near the edge of the top canvas catching all 3 layers (top, batt, backing). Remove the 5 basting pins. I also stitch-base the left side of my quilts to keep them from migrating to the left. I pin baste the right side. Then as I quilt, I can make small adjustment to the quilt top because it is loose at the bottom. Your batt and quilt top will be dragging on the floor. I just give them a gentle kick under the machine. The only thing that I would caution you about is that your floor needs to be clean and free of stray threads which can be pulled up into the quilt sandwich. This is how I float. I used to pin the quilt top to the quilt top roller but found that as I quilted and the quilt shrunk in on the sides, the bottom corners still pinned to a canvas were not able to "quilt in" like the rest of hte quilt. This made my bottom corners look like bunny ears. That's when I started floating my quilts. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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