These tips are some that I have found useful when quilting on the baby lock Crown Jewel II on the Momentum frame.  You may find these useful for you also if you are on the Momentum frame or another.

 

Momentum frame:

1.       Leaders

a.       18-20” is used on the take up rail
b.      9”is used on the backing rail
c.       26-27” is used on the top rail

2.       Loading leaders from the back for the take up rail

a.       Easier reach
b.      Better visibility
c.       Keep things straight

3.       Load take up rail first

a.       Using pin (t or hat pins work best)
b.    Pin with two pins on the end going opposite direction for better security

 If the Velcro is stitch on the back you may need to fold it over and re-stitch it in place.  This will help when rolling.  It will keep the leader from having a fold that does not always lay correctly.

If the Velcro is stitch on the back you may need to fold it over and re-stitch it in place.  This will help when rolling.  It will keep the leader from having a fold that does not always lay correctly.

 You may need to do the 1st step for all three leaders.

You may need to do the 1st step for all three leaders.

 Mark the center of each leader using a fabric pen.

Mark the center of each leader using a fabric pen.

 Wind a bobbin in red and using the same red thread on the top stitch on the line you have just drawn. Straight stitch with small stitches works best.

Wind a bobbin in red and using the same red thread on the top stitch on the line you have just drawn. Straight stitch with small stitches works best.

 Above is what your results should look like when you finish stitching each leader.

Above is what your results should look like when you finish stitching each leader.

 You may need a friend for this step.  They can help you hold the tape measure.  Or you can hold in place with painters tape.  Measure each frame rail.  Mark center.  We used blue painters tape on the store frame.  At home I used a fine line Sharpie red marker.

You may need a friend for this step.  They can help you hold the tape measure.  Or you can hold in place with painters tape.  Measure each frame rail.  Mark center.  We used blue painters tape on the store frame.  At home I used a fine line Sharpie red marker.

 Shop frame showing the painters tape with center line marked.

Shop frame showing the painters tape with center line marked.

 With leader removed from frame pin backing to leaders. Once you have completed the pinning take the pieces to the frame.  Line up the center of take up rail with center of 18" leader. Repeat on the backing rail with the 9" leader.

With leader removed from frame pin backing to leaders. Once you have completed the pinning take the pieces to the frame.  Line up the center of take up rail with center of 18" leader. Repeat on the backing rail with the 9" leader.

 Remember to send the fabric or leader through the opening of the dead rail. Fabric will be sandwiched between the two pieces of the dead bar.

Remember to send the fabric or leader through the opening of the dead rail. Fabric will be sandwiched between the two pieces of the dead bar.

 Visual of the fabric and leader between the dead bar.

Visual of the fabric and leader between the dead bar.

 Secure both leader pieces to the bars with the Velcro.

Secure both leader pieces to the bars with the Velcro.

 You may find it easier to secure the leaders to the take up bar from the rear of the frame.

You may find it easier to secure the leaders to the take up bar from the rear of the frame.

 Open dead bar image. Showing how the leader will look in the dead bar.

Open dead bar image. Showing how the leader will look in the dead bar.

 Notice the leader is about half above the bar and below the bar. I tend to like more above the bar due to the 180 degree rotation of the bar once it is closed.

Notice the leader is about half above the bar and below the bar. I tend to like more above the bar due to the 180 degree rotation of the bar once it is closed.

 Close up of the locking mechanism on the Momentum frame. Black lock with silver pin will lock in place to close.

Close up of the locking mechanism on the Momentum frame. Black lock with silver pin will lock in place to close.

 Start rolling and smooth as you go.

Start rolling and smooth as you go.

 Continue until all backing has been loaded on the frame.  Keep the locks open once you start.  Note:The rails will only roll the correct way if the frame has been put together correct.

Continue until all backing has been loaded on the frame.  Keep the locks open once you start.  Note:The rails will only roll the correct way if the frame has been put together correct.

 Once the backing is rolled you can then go back to the take up rail and the dead rail to complete the process.  Do the final roll and tension on the fabric with the locks unlocked.

Once the backing is rolled you can then go back to the take up rail and the dead rail to complete the process.  Do the final roll and tension on the fabric with the locks unlocked.

 Dead rail is rolled 180 degree.  This process is how the frame will keep tension on the quilt as you quilt.

Dead rail is rolled 180 degree.  This process is how the frame will keep tension on the quilt as you quilt.

 Baste the top of the quilt to the backing and batting. Repeat pinning to the leaders with the top of the quilt.

Baste the top of the quilt to the backing and batting. Repeat pinning to the leaders with the top of the quilt.

 Roll unless you like to float your top and batting.

Roll unless you like to float your top and batting.

 Do the happy dance your are ready to quilt!

Do the happy dance your are ready to quilt!

 

Happy Quilting,
Denise

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