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I have a new Millie, which I love, because I had a Classic Gammill (not even a SR).  Most customers have at least 4" on either side of the quilt, but my clamps are bumping the machine and distorting the pattern, do any of you have a trick/tip that you use for this?

 

Thank You,

Phyllis

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Hi Phyllis,

 

Try taking a yardstick, piece of dowel or a curtain rail with curved ends and putting it under the elastic straps.  When the ends rest on the bars it will raise the clamps up and out of the way.  I am not sure that I have explained that very clearly so I hope that it makes sense to you.

 

Welcome to the forum and enjoy your new machine.


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I use curtain rods and have put a piece of pipe insulation on them to prevent the metal rods from scratching the rollers.  You want to move them in close enough to lift the clamps but not raise the edge of the backing higher than the quilt sandwich.  I hope that makes sense.


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I use curtain rods too. The kind that have a bend at each end. I just sewed a sleeve out of some cotton fabric to cover them so that they wouldn't scratch my rails.


Jennifer Bernard

My quilted jackets are on a competition journey around the country

gathering pretty ribbons (sometimes)!

Quilting with my Millennium and playing with my Quiltazoid!

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I also use the curtain rods. When I remove the clamps, I let one hang inside the rod and clamp the other to the elastic of the first one, on the outside of the rod. That way they balance and the clamps are easy to reach next time.


Linda Rech

Finely Finished Quilts

Millennium on Bliss rails--hand-guided

http://www.topperquilttools.com

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Would anyone be willing to post pics of your solutions?  I'm a visual learner, and it's hard to picture in my mind these solutions.  Y'all are the best.  :-)

 

Joni

 

 

Here's a photo of mine, Joni.

 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/larech/16752887361/


Linda Rech

Finely Finished Quilts

Millennium on Bliss rails--hand-guided

http://www.topperquilttools.com

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Rather than use the clamp ends to secure the backing, I use the opposite end (elastic end without the clamp) and pin it to the backing so the clamps don't get in the way.

Leslie


Quilted Stitches

APQS - Lucey

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I do the same thing as Leslie.  I gave up on the clamps because they were so irritating and heavy.  I stitched little squares of fabric to the ends of the elastic straps and pin these to the backing. 

 

Carol

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I am spoiled by my wonderful husband who made me a set of quarter sawn oak supports. I used yard sticks for a long time and hated the metal curtain rods.

 

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I liked Lisa's so much I had her husband make me a set too!  :wub:


Dave

2013 Millie

 

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Nice husband!  I use curtain rods which I covered to prevent scratching my rollers.  In addition, I've been using the Red Edge clamps and they work great!  It took some getting used to figuring out how they work but once you do-works great.  Kind of spendy though.

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I saw this in a tutorial about something unrelated and have used them ever since.  No hardware necessary.

 

Take four strips of fabric scraps about three inches wide by six to eight inches long.  Fold in half the long way.  Pin one short end to the batting at approximately where you would attach the clamp.  then attach the clamp to the end of the strip and tighten the elastic to suit.  Repeat for three other clamps.  Done.

 

When your machine gets close, the length of the fabric strip insulates you from running into the clamp.  Cheap, easy, movable.

 

Good luck with any of these great suggestions!

Beth

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