So I have finished a couple of quilts on my BERNINA and am loving it! BUT, it was time ….. to put the zippers on!
You may be thinking zippers on your longarm… whatever for? Loading quilts can be a time consuming process so when I was doing customer quilts, I started using zippers instead of pinning my quilts to the leaders. WOW, what a time difference. But that wasn’t the only great thing about zippers…. There were times that I ran out of thread for a particular quilt and I was able easily zip it off and zip another on. Once the thread arrived, I was able to zip the quilt back on and continue.
How many of you have stuck yourself with those corsage pins? Those really hurt, pins are bad enough but those pins really gouge you. So happy to be done with them. 🙂
We are all familiar with the seam ripper. Well, with the zippers, I was able to take the quilt off, rip out the offending stitches and put back on easily with those zippers. Yippee!!!
So now that I have my new BERNINA Longarm, it was time to put those zippers on the leaders. I purchased my zippers from The Quilting Connection LLC . Its called the Quick Zip system and it is super easy.
First I find the center of my leaders and the center of the zipper and I pin from the middle out. I do this on both the backing leaders.
Then I zip them together. But don’t pull tight. I then take the machine and sew the zippers to the leaders removing the pins as I go along so I don’t hit them.
Once both zippers are sewn to the leaders. You can pull tight.
You can also put a zipper on the leader where you attach the quilt top. I tend to either float my top or just pin my top on with flower head pins as I won’t take my quilt off till it is at least stabilized. Then you can just zip your quilt on. This quilt had zippers on because I had started it on my other machine.
When I am ready to do a new quilt, I will take the backing fabric over to my BERNINA 750QE and set my stitch length to the longest there is and baste the backing to the zippers. I start from the center out to make sure it centered. Then I can just zip the backing on. The best part is when I am done with the quilt, I can just rip the quilt from the zippers. LOVE that sound!
I am curious how everyone loads their quilts? Do you float, pin, leader grips? And why do you do it that way?
Quilt on, My friends!