I have had my Red Snappers for a few weeks now and I keep intending to take pics of the quilt loading process for this review, but really you will get a better idea of the process here at Renae’s website…I cannot link you directly to the video, but click on Red Snappers in the red list toward the top of the page and you will get there.
I really don’t like to gush in a review of a product because I want you to take the review seriously, but I love these! For me, they are the best thing since sliced bread…while I haven’t actually timed it I believe that my loading time has been cut at least in half and unloading in seconds. Yes, SECONDS! And you get completely even tension across the width of the backing.
Previous to the snappers I loaded quilts using pins…and I was darn good at it; rarely sticking myself or getting my clothing caught on the pointy ends so I never really minded the pinning method…zippered leaders never really piqued my interest and I had heard of people who loaded tops using a chain-stitch sewing machine as well, but I could not wrap my head around that process nor the purchase of yet another sewing machine so I have been pinning for a little over 6 years or about 700 quilts…
I chose the Red Snappers over Leader Grips because I have admired Renae’s work over the years and met her at a couple of machine quilter shows. In other words, I felt I “knew” her and that made me more comfortable purchasing from her…nearly everything we buy for our businesses and quilting systems is online ( unless you can make it to one of the big machine quilting shows) and it is kind of a crap shoot. I was able to feel confident in this purchase because I know and respect Renae’s reputation.
IF you decide to purchase the Red Snappers be aware that it takes some time fumbling with them and loading a few quilts to get completely comfortable with them…after all like me, you have probably been loading your quilts a certain way for years and it has become a no-brainer…anytime you change a habit of doing a thing a certain way, it is awkward at first.
Also, they are quite a tight fit the first few times and require some hand strength…you will find that if you snap one end and bend the other end up it will spread the clamp a little more open and be easier to snap onto the leader.
IF you trouble with your hands (little strength or arthritis) I would suggest you find a quilting friend who has them to try them out before you invest…I don’t have either of these issues so I do not know if it would affect your success with the Snappers.
One more thing…if you do purchase the Red Snappers, spring for the extra 2″ clamps…I load a lot of really, really large quilts and would find an extra set very handy…maybe even the 6″ ones, too.