Leader Grips

From $90 to $120.00

Forget Pins! Forget Zippers! Use LeaderGrips to lock your backing fabric onto your canvas leaders and load a quilt in record time! Watch the video below on how to install them. Easy Peasy!



This leader grip system is my favorite way to load a quilt to a frame. You won’t believe how quickly you can mount a quilt back to a longarm frame with this system.  You attach your backing fabric to the quilt back bar and the take up bar with the leader grips.

My favorite style is the 2 bar system which is perfect for those who like to float their tops. You install the Leader grips on the Quilt Back bar (belly bar) and the pickup roller. If you prefer to attach your quilt top to a bar, you’ll need to buy the 3 bar Leadergrip system.

The 12′ table kit comes with enough feet of tubing to fit both a 12′ table and a 14′ table. Use wire snips to remove excess tubing. The 10′ table kit comes with enough tubing to fit your 10′ table. Any excess tubing can be snipped off with wire snips.

Tracey at Whirls and Swirls quilting did a great video on how to install Leadergrips. I’ve got written instructions on how to do it here. But take a look at her great video below and see how easy it is! First, you’ll need to make a casing in your canvas leaders.

Want to see how easy it is to load a quilt using Leadergrips? Take a look at this video from Sparrow Studioz


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12 reviews for Leader Grips

  1. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner)

    Leader Grips Time saver I love these Leader Grips for loading a quilt in no time at all, and Quilted Joy has the most excellent customer service!! They are super fast with shipping too.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Leader Side Grips Shipping was fast and convenient. Exactly as described and easy to use. Thank you Quilted Joy!

  3. 4 out of 5

    (verified owner)

    Leader Grips I purchased Leader Grips from Quilted Joy and they were shipped very quickly. The only I don't like about the Leader Grips is the process to assemble the rods that go inside the leaders was a bit difficult for me (but doable). Overall, though, I find using the Leader Grips to be MUCH easier than pinning.

  4. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner)

    Leader Grips The leader grips are far superior to pinning. I watched whirls n swirls and Angela’s tutorials on making the pockets. It all went smoothly and I couldn’t be happier with my leader grips. I also purchased the side leader grips and love them. Quilted Joy is the best for customer service and delivery. I have ordered twice from Quilted Joy and it has now become my go to shop for all things needed for longarm quilting and Glide thread. Thank you again.

  5. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner)

    A necessity for longarm quilting Came very fast. Put them right on. Amazing. Will never use pins to load a quilt again!! 5 Stars

  6. 5 out of 5

    Leader Grips I ordered a set of 24” grips to use as replacements for grips that were worn out. They arrived quickly and I love them! I have had my long arm 3 years and had worn out my grips! Thank you so much! Shari

  7. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner)

    Leader Grips and Side Grips Great Experience and quick shipping. This product is going to make loading my quilts so much easier and faster!!!

  8. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner)

    Leader Grips Easy to install and an amazing time saver versus pinning.

  9. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner)

    Leadergrips Love this system for loading a quilt. But more importantly, Quilted Joy has the most excellent customer service!!!!! They are super fast with shipping too.

  10. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner)

    LOVE I used these for the first time today and will never load my backing with pins again...shipping unbelievably fast as always...thanks Quilted Joy you are the best!!!

  11. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner)

    Quick Alternative I'm a new long arm quilter and I wasn't interested in pinning my quilt to the leaders and thought this would be quicker and easier. And I was right. I love them!

  12. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner)

    Great Time Saver When I call to ask question on LeaderGrips the customer service was friendly and knowledgeable. Received order very timely, all arrived in great shape. Easy to assemble, a great time saver, well worth the money.

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