Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Tuesday's Tip - Red Snapper System

Sometimes when we decide to get a new gadget we find out too late that it isn't all it's claiming to be. Not the Red Snapper System!!  These rods, clips, and side clamps are a great time saver when loading a longarm machine. 

I watched several videos and checked many blog posts before ordering them. They came from Utah to SC in a couple of days, just like promised. Renae's videos and the ones from Sparrow Studio were the best. 
Now here's where the Tuesday Tip comes in,,,
We were having trouble screwing the sections together using the dowels screws that came with the system components. Renae made it look very easy, and perhaps she just has a stronger grip than I do. The solution ended up being an old farmer's remedy for anything that is not going together. Use a bar of soap, run the threads across it, then insert it, turn those pieces together, and viola! They started going together very easily. 

Once installed into the leaders I decided to get at a couple of charity quilts. Chose the first one, and onto the frame went the backing. Very easy and no pin pricks to the fingers. A few hours later,,,

One quilt done. One to go!
Enjoy your evening. 



Dorothy said...

Awesome Luann!!! Well done!!!

Luann Fischer said...

Thanks Dorothy,
I'm really enjoying the computerized components to my longarm machine.
Take care of your shoulder,

ritzy said...

I was going to say that I don't know what "red snappers" are but then I saw the picture--thanks for that. ritzy

Lotti said...

Hope this comment doesn't turn out to be a repeat - once I logged in at Google, it had disappeared...

Fab, now I know what red snappers are...
Looking really really good! :0) Lotti

Luann Fischer said...

Hi Ritzy and Lotti,
Actually the picture is of the side clamps. The red snappers are a plastic dowel tubing that goes into a 3/4 inch pocket along the leading edge of your leaders. Then you put your backing edge over it with about an inch beyond the dowel/rod. You then take the "snappers" and push them over it. This video will show you in 5 minutes 36 seconds how they can really save time, and fingers!
Thanks for stopping by,


Dorothy said...

I have used a long arm on 3 quilts...rented it...really enjoyed long arming, and would love to have one, just have no space to put it :( I love the quilting process, so figured I better figure out how to do it on my domestic. Love your new sewing area!
Thanks Luann...after the cortisone shot it really doesn't hurt much, just can't lift it over my head or to the side. I can still dye and quilt though!!! :)

Luann Fischer said...

Dorothy and fellow dyers,
As some of you know, I've run into a situation of the dye coming out of some sheets I did up a few months ago. This was after many washings that were fine! Nothing was stained but the lose of color was disappointing to say the least! Well, I asked Candy Glendenning from Candied Fabrics if she had any thoughts on my misfortune. She gave me a link to Vicki Welsh's blog articles that covered something very similar! I think the info is very comprehensive and I'll try to get the links together for my next blog post.
Until then, I will be soaking my dyed and rinsed fabrics in 2 (12 hour) hot water baths. And I will use blue dawn ultra dish soap for the detergent. I already have been using the Dawn, but my soaks have only been about 3 hours. And because my washing machine drains itself out if I just raise the cover, I will be doing this in my bathtub.
I'll take pictures before and after so we can see how this might affect the future dye workshops.
Catch up with you later,

Monica said...

Wonderful quilt, Luann

Luann Fischer said...

Thanks for popping on over. The quilt was made by a fellow Quilt Guild member and I was able to really enjoy quilting it up. She was very keen to keep her stitching, measuring, and pressing well done. It makes it a joy when things are straight and flat.