Loading a quilt with magnets

A few years ago I came across an email suggesting we load our quilts using magnets instead of zippered leaders/pins.  The email came from a member in an online quilting group I’m in- HinterbergQuilters.  It’s a group for people who have the same or similar longarm setup that I have.  I have a Voyager 17 on a Hinterberg Stretch Frame. I love that all the men and women in the group share so many ideas, tips, tricks and even help each other trouble shoot whatever problems we may encounter with the machine.

Well, when I read that one particular email I was skeptical at first but thought I would give it a try.  I had a newborn baby at the time and it took me a long time to load customer quilts.  I ordered some rare earth magnets and gave it a try! I get my magnets from here.  I was blown away at how fast and easy it was and have been loading my quilts this way ever since.  I could even load a quilt one-handed while carrying a baby on my hip. A huge plus!

Now that my new studio is just about done I’m happy to say I have been playing on Janoris (my longarm machine (don’t ask. My husband named it after a football player.) and started working on my next series of longarm quilting video tutorials. Here is the first video where I show you how I load my quilts- How to load a quilt using magnets. 

p.s.- My baby girl is 8 months now and she makes a debut in this video. She woke up mid-filming so I had to go get her and keep on working on the video.


I love pins!

One Response to Loading a quilt with magnets

  1. Gwen, The Vintage Seamstress August 1, 2012 at 9:31 am #

    You are awesome, I was really having trouble loading my quilt because I had seen it done so many different ways but they all failed to really teach. You are a natural teacher and I was finally able to understand and I love the easy way you do it! Thanks again!

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