How to Install Leader Grips On a Long Arm Quilting Machine

IntelliQuilter APQS Millie

When I first got my long arm quilting machine I struggled to learn how to load a quilt top to the frame quickly and easily. I started with T-pins and pinned my wide backing fabric to the quilting frame but I’d wind up bleeding, poking holes in my shirt from the pins while wasting a lot of time standing around pinning my backing.

Then I found the snapping systems and I’ve not looked back! There are two on the market – you can install Leader Grips and Red Snappers. They both function essentially the same way but I found Red Snappers were too stiff for me and caused me hand pain. I switched to Leader Grips and I love them!

I can load a King sized quilt to my APQS Millie frame in about 10 minutes with Leader Grips. Shazam! 🙂 If you are interested you can get Leader Grips for your quilter over in the Quilted Joy shop by clicking here.

Installation is super simple, too! And, my friend Tracey at Whirls and Swirls Quilting made a great video showing how to make the pocket on your canvas leaders you need to install the Leader Grip rods in the casing on your longarm. So AWESOME!

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Angela Huffman- Triplet Momma. Quilter. Teacher. Thread Bimbo

I’m Angela- Co-host of the Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting PBS show. APQS Long arm Dealer and Educator. Triplet Momma. Designer. Thread Bimbo.

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