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Quilt Suspension System #2, by Patsy Thompson Designs, LTD

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A FEW COMMENTS FROM OUR CUSTOMERS:

"I just bought the double clamp system. Perfection. Everyone who quilts on their DSM or sit-down long arm, needs to get these. They are adjustable, rotate and clamp on almost any desk or table. Getting rid of the drag works magic on your quilting. I use them when quilting on my Bernina 740 and my Janome 8900. Thank you, Patsy Thompson." DB

"A thousand “thank yous” for designing this system. The quilting difference is remarkable. I quilted a large section yesterday in less than half the time of other sections when I spent so much time moving and tugging the quilt bulk. So much easier!" JK, April 2019

"This past April I bought your quilt suspension system and that has been a great help!  I have a sweet sixteen handiquilter sit down machine and it has made a big improvement in handling my quilts and getting much better results. I just had to let you know.  Great job!'' HN, May 2018

 

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.

 

This easy-to-assemble quilt suspension system is designed to make free motion quilting easier by lifting a portion of the quilt off the table and rendering it virtually "weightless."  Because it is suspended, the quilt does not exert any drag or gravity pull against you as you quilt.  Even king size quilts are essentially weightless with this system!  Learn to free motion quilt with ease once the weight of the quilt is no longer working against you!

 

These are some questions you may have regarding System 2:
 

1.    What does this system 2 include?

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:




4.   
How should I set up the system?

 

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.

        

7.   What is the advantage of your system over other “suspension systems”?

 

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 eyebolts, instead of 2, for the System 2

 

We occasionally have extra hardware, so feel free to email us with this request.  There is little likelihood you would ever need 4 eyebolts.  If we do not happen to have them in stock, similar ones can be purchased at hardware stores for about $ 2 each.  We charge $ 1 each, if available.

 

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, 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.

        


Watch our short video below that shows you how the quilt suspension system works! 





Patsy Thompson Designs LTD
607 Scenic Circle
Holland, OH  43528
Phone: (828) 645-1619