Longarm Side Clamps
A customer recently asked our opinion on the longarm side clamps we offer.
We carry a few after-market clamps that are alternative options to side clamps that may come with your machine or are offered by your dealer. They all have their pros and cons. Read more about each type by following the links to our website.
- The Grip-Lite Side Clamps are nice because they are lightweight, and easy to grip open. The Grip-Lite Side Clamps have a wide mouth which grips a larger edge of your backing. We have found that they can lose their grip strength and can break over time with repeated usage.
- We have made our own 1" Side Clamps that are strong and long-lasting, and since they are only one inch, they are less obtrusive. We actually use two sets on each of our machines, so that each side is pulled a little more evenly and the machine head can navigate more easily too! They are a little heavier than the other two options, but the heavy duty velcro we've paired them with keep them in place!
- The Red-E-Edge is great because it is able to grab onto nearly the full throat's width of fabric, but they are hard to use if your side edges are unevenly cut. Because these are light-weight, they do have a tendency to break with use, but replacement pieces are available. When first using the Red-E-Edge clamps, they can be a tad stiff, but they soften with use. If you have arthritis, these clamps might be more difficult to use. (Company is NO longer making at this time, we will sell when available.)
With both the Grip-Lites and our 1" Clamps, you will need the other side of velcro affixed to your machine in order to use them. Please let us know if you have any questions when trying to choose the right clamp for you, your machine, and your quilting style!