I have been longarming this morning and it’s time for a break. I do certain things to the quilts when I am longarming and I wondered how many of you do the same. As we all know, most quilt tops we receive are not square. I, myself, do not square up a customer’s quilt, that is their job, however, there are things that help us quilters make the quilts look fantastic. I used to use Snappers all the time, however, I have an A-1 machine and the hopper has a large elbow in the back and if I don’t have extra, extra batting and fabric, this can pose a problem. What I do now is snap on the bottom of my top (very rarely do I do a total float), I snap on the bottom of the back, however, I pin the backing on the other leader. This way I don’t have to come down extra inches to begin the quilting. In addition, I pin down my sides before I stitch them down. I also like to use 505 spray (a little) at times. When I get to the bottom of the quilt and remove the snappers, I also pin my quilt down, smoothing it as I go so I don’t get any unwanted pleats. (See pictures)
Once pinned, I begin to stitch down, taking pins out as I go or, if I see the pics will not be hit by the needle, I will just continue stitching and take out pins before I do my final pass with the design.Nothing worse than a customer taking the time to make the quilt only to have a number of puckers from the quilter. You can almost tell when a customer brings you a quilt if you might have problems with that or not, and, if I think I might, I tell the customer right up front. Most of the time, however, by pinning and smoothing, I very rarely ever have a pucker. This was just a thought. I have learned so many things from others and maybe this tip will help someone.