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PLEASE READ THROUGH ALL THE INFORMATION BELOW AS IT WILL HELP YOU DECIDE IF THIS SYSTEM WILL WORK FOR YOU. IT WILL ALSO GIVE YOU IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT ASSEMBLING THE SYSTEM AND ITS COMPATIBILITY FOR YOUR SET-UP AT HOME. THERE IS ALSO SHIPPING INFORMATION FOR U.S. AND INTERNATIONAL ORDERS. KNOW THAT IF YOU PURCHASE THIS SYSTEM, AND IT DOES NOT WORK FOR YOU, YOU WILL NEED TO PAY THE POSTAGE IF YOU WISH TO RETURN THE SYSTEM TO US. SO, IF YOU HAVE ANY DOUBTS ABOUT THIS SYSTEM FOR YOUR PARTICULAR SITUATION, PLEASE EMAIL OR CALL US PRIOR TO ORDERING.
You will be sent the system as pictured above with two table clamps which attach the two upright arms to your sewing table. On each projecting arm, there is ONE eye bolt from which dangles a short bungee cord with an attached nylon spring clamp. Altogether, the assembly weighs about 5 pounds. We are showing the assembly with 2 eye bolts in each overhead arm, just to illustrate that you can move the eye bolt from one position to the other, but it is unlikely you will ever need to do this.
2. How big is the system?
The uprights are about 24” tall and they project about 14” forward at the top.
3. Will the system fit my sewing table?
The table clamps open to 1-5/8”, so your table needs to be this thickness or less. Also, the jaw of the clamp can “bite” into 3 inches of tabletop, but really only needs about 1-1/2” of a bite to be secure. If your tabletop is thicker, or the clamp cannot take the 1-1/2” bite, there may be a “work-around”, but email us first. We will likely ask you to send us a picture of your setup. See the picture of the table clamp below:
The positioning of the clamps will be determined by your machine set up. This system is ideal for The Handiquilter Sweet 16; Babylock Tiara; Pfaff Powerquilter 16.0; Bernina Q20; and for traditional sewing machines that are on or in a cabinet that have no place for a clamp to attach directly behind the machine. The video below shows various machine setups using this system.
You can adjust the height of the uprights by raising or lowering them using the small adjusting knob in the clamp, and/or by tying a knot in the bungee cord. The quilt does not need to be suspended high up in the air, rather just above the table surface for the desired “weightlessness” to work.
5. What are the color choices?
The backbone/clamp assemblies are available in deep blue or lavender-purple
6. What about shipping costs and options?
We do all our shipping by USPS, which allows us to ship anywhere in the world, including PO Boxes, APO addresses, and internationally. Even though this is an overall lightweight system, shipping weight is 6.5 pounds, and therefore must ship by USPS Priority Mail. That makes shipping costs within the US around $ 9 to $ 30, depending how far it has to travel from Ohio. Those orders traveling west of the Rockies, especially to the Pacific states will be paying the highest shipping rates.
BUT we have priced System 2 at an affordable cost, there is no tax to pay (except in Ohio), so that helps some! and no driving....it comes right to your door!! International shipping also must be by Priority Mail. For Canada, that means around $ 50 and for Europe/Australia/South America, about $ 60 to $ 75.
If you would like to know the exact shipping cost to your address, click on the green button "Add to Cart", and then click on "Proceed to Checkout". There you will be asked for your State (or country, if outside the US), and your zip or postal code. It will then show you the shipping charge.
We looked into other shipping methods with USPS, UPS, FedEx, and believe it or not, the Priority option with USPS was the least expensive. If you wish an alternate shipping method, please call or email us before placing your order.
The system can quickly and easily be set up or dismantled allowing you to take it to a class, or to a quilting retreat, or if you move. Many other systems are permanently installed or too wieldy to easily move.
We are less expensive than most of the alternatives available.
Our system does not require drilling holes into ceilings for mounting, or for assembling large frameworks that tower over your sewing table.
8. Should I buy a System 1 or 2?
See answer #4 above. Also, if you have a machine where you can clamp directly behind the sewing machine, and the front to back distance of the table is under 26”, then a System 1 would work for you. System 2 is a bit more versatile since you can put the two arms anywhere on your table, and the overhead reach of the arms is longer, 14” vs 8”, which is ideal for tables over 26” wide, front to back.
9. Should I buy one or two System 2’s?
In most cases, one System 2 is adequate. There are rare situations where a second System 2, or a System 2 plus a System 1 would be beneficial. We don’t recommend purchasing more than one system until you contact us. We will likely email you if you do make a purchase of two systems before we fill your order.
10. I would like 4 eye bolts, instead of 2, for the System 2
The arms each have 2 holes and one bolt comes for each arm. There is little likelihood you would ever need 4 eye bolts. And you can always move the bolts from one hole to the other. If we have extra eye bolts in stock, we will offer them at the time of purchase as an option in the drop down menu at the time of ordering; it will add $ 5 to the cost of a regular system 2. If we don't have them, that option will not be available, but you can purchase them at hardware stores for about $ 5/pair. If you already own a system 2 with 2 bolts, and would like an additional 2 bolts, please email us, and if we have them, we will send them to you for $ 5 plus shipping (about $ 3).
11. The orange tip on the spring clamp came off. Can I get a new clamp?
Honestly, the spring clamps are of modest quality. The orange tips are actually more of a nuisance than they are worth and provide no extra grip on the quilt. In fact, Patsy looks forward to when they pop off!! So, your clamps will work just as well without the orange tips, and feel free to pop them off if you wish. We won't be replacing clamps for that reason, but if the clamp were to crack or break within a year of purchase, we would be glad to replace it. After that, they, or similar ones, can be found in most department stores, hardware and auto stores for under $ 2.00. Ours come from Harbor Freight.