Several of our readers have asked what the difference is between Mondo Clips and Red Snappers. There’s really no difference other than color, price and you have some DIY with Mondo clip. Red Snappers are more expensive and come in many precut sizes and yes they are red. Mondo clips are cheaper, white, and you have to cut them yourself if you want different sized clips.
Cutting Your Mondo Clips
Because Mondo Clips come in a pack of ten 41inch lengthed clamps, we suggest you take two of the clamp and cut them into smaller lengths.
6 x 6″
2 x 2.5″
3 x 12″
2 x 2.5″
The Juki Longarm Float The Mondo Clip Way
Push your longarm head over to one side of your quilting frame. Ensure that your quilt table surface is clean and clutter free. Always wipe down your table to ensure there are no drops of oil or other shmutz that can discolor your beautiful quilt.
Measure the length and width of your quilt and write the measurement down on a post-it note. I always post mine right on the front of my machine head for reference. These dimensions can come in handy for all kinds of reasons. For instance, if you have robotics, you will need to enter the measurements into your program when setting up a design.
Now that you know the dimensions of your quilt, mark the center point on the top, bottom and left and right sides of your quilt just in case you have to turn the quilt to do a border or finish your design.
Loading The “QUILT BACK” Rail
Loosen the leader on your “QUILT BACK” rail and pull it back so it will lay flat across the table. Arrange your fabric, so the wrong side of the backing is facing up toward the ceiling and right side faces the floor. Find your center mark and align the bottom edge of your quilt back to the center of the “QUILT BACK” rail leader. Let excess fabric extend over the “TAKE-UP” rail and hang to the floor.
Take 3 of your 2.5″ clips and set aside close to where you are working. Lay your quilt back about 1 inch over your Quilt Back leader. Clip one of your 2.5″ clips in the center and one each of the other two on each end of the backing.
You can choose to start on one end of the quilt back or in the middle and work out by pressing a longer Mondo Clip on the leader, replacing the 2.5″ clips as you go. It helps to bend the Mondo Clips up to ease its opening. Use the heel of the palm of your hand to push down the clips. Fill in with the shorter lengths as needed.
Roll your entire quilt back around the “QUILT BACK” rail. Gather up the three 2.5 inch clips you removed and keep them close for the next steps
Loading the “TAKE-UP” Rail
Unwind the leader from the “TAKE-UP” rail and lay it flat on the back of your table. (where you would put a pantograph) Giving yourself about 8 to 10 inches of slack. Fold the leader back on its self to expose the edge of the leader.
Unwind the quilt back enough to run it under the “IDLER RAIL” and over the “TAKE-UP” Rail. Lay your quilt back about 1 inch over the leader and find your center mark on your quilt back and line it up with the center of your leader. In the same way, you snapped onto the “QUILT BACK” rail you put one of your 2.5″ clips in the center and one each of the other two on each end of the backing. Then replace the 2.5″ clips with the longer clips. Using the same steps you did when applying your quilt back to the “QUILT BACK” rail.
Wind up the “TAKE-UP” Rail so that your fabric is tightened up and lay your batting centered with the excess batting over the “QUILT BACK” rail allowing the excess to fall to the floor. Ensure that your batting lays flat and without wrinkles. Then use your longarm to baste about one inch from the top edge.
If you have Quilters Creative Touch you can set up a Loading Line to do your basting on the batting.
Basting You Quilt
Now, baste about 1/8th inch from the edge across the top of your quilt working from the center out then down the right and left sides as far as your machine will accommodate. (With a JUKI Longarm about 16 inches) from “IDLER RAIL” to the “QUILT BACK” Rail.
Proceed quilting until you have to advance. When you do, lift the batting and quilt top to ensure your quilt is smooth and flat with no wrinkles. Every time you advance the quilt continue to baste 1/8th inch on the left and right side before you quilt that section.
When you reach the final section, baste the bottom of the quilt 1/8th inch by starting at the center mark and sewing the basting stitch to the right. Then baste from the center to the left. Now, you will baste 1/8th inch down the last section on the right and left side. Finally, you will complete your quilt by stitching out the last section.