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I do a lot of ruler work and it seems I fight my side clamps constantly.  I use a curtain rod to elevate them, but they still cause havoc and it's just because they are heavy and hang down too low.  I don't want to tighten them too much as they exert uneven pressure on the backing and can throw the quilt out of alignment.  Has anyone switched to either EZ Grip Side Clamps or Red E Edge Side Clamps?  Input and recommendations would be greatly appreciated.

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Go to your local hardware or kitchen store and buy a couple of OXO bag clamps.  The red ones that are about 4 inches wide and have a hole in the handle part.  They are much lighter that the steel ones that come with the machine, and the wider "mouth" makes a better hold.  Cut the elastic off the old clamps, tie or sew it through the hole of the new clamps . . . done.


Gail Olfert

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the number of times our breath is taken away

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I did the same thing as Gail O but if you take the screw out of the clamps, they will go right through the hole in the OXO bag clamps.  I also use Sharon (can't remember last name right now) method of making a leader with a dowel rod that you can pin to the sides and then use the curtain rod and it works great.


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Sharon can you give me a little more explanation about the dowel rod and curtain rod for stitching close to quilt sides please. I have made the oxo clamps but still have problem getting close to the sides of my quilt. I am beginner. Thanks

peggy y

much thanks Gail o. Will give it a try.

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Not Sharon . . . .  but you use the curtain rod to elevate the elastic and OXO clamp.  Just one of those cheap adjustable rods with a curve end; you lay it across the bars, about 8-10 inches from the edge or your quilt where the OXO clamp is, with the elastic running over top of the rod.  Anything long enough to rest across the bars will work, just needs to keep the elastic and clamp elevated slightly so the machine can move smoothly to the far edge of your quilt without running into the clamp. 


Gail Olfert

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