I had considered adding a set of Side Grips to my backing fabric while quilting at the longarm; I thought that they would be useful particularly when I'm quilting from the back of the machine, following a pantograph. Acting on the recommendation of a friend I ordered a set on Saturday and had them yesterday; they are positively wonderful and now I wonder why I waited so long! Let me explain how they work and why they're so great: with a quilt loaded the backing fabric is pulled taut by two side clamps on each side, usually some degree of slack occurs between these clamps and, when the quilter is looking down at the pantograph, even the most careful quilter often will bump up against one of the clamps with the bed of the machine causing unsightly "hiccups" in the stitching... NOT the best situation at all; approaching the edges has always struck fear in this quilter. Not anymore! (Watch the hyper-linked video, above.)
"Salvaged Stars and Stripes" is quilted and off the rails this afternoon.
After getting a grip (actually a set!), I'm one fearless quilter!
Life is Good!