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Anybody have experience using this quilting tool?
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Date: 9/6/11 10:25 PM

I'm attempting free motion quilting and I'm having some issues with the cloth dragging a bit on the machine bed. I'd like to hear from anybody who is using (or has used) the Supreme Slider. What's been your experience? Is it worth the $29 price tag? Does it really help the cloth slide better?

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Date: 9/6/11 11:00 PM

I have the other one, can't remember its name. I tried it when I took a class and it did help. HOWEVER since then I've heard that you can buy vinyl that works as well for much less and I would not spend the money on this little piece of plastic again. Some even say they've purchased silicone baking mats that work well. So see if you can find an inexpensive alternative before spending this much. My mat has got a rip near the needle hole and does have threads stuck to it (you can rinse it off as you can the vinyl alternatives). Just my opinion. Good luck.

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Date: 9/6/11 11:11 PM

The Supreme Slider was just the answer for me having the same issues. I think it is overpriced so there is a good deal for it at J Hittle, look for La Pierre Studios under the manufacture index. It is an odd website but these folk are a very down to earth business who really offer notions at low prices.

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Date: 9/7/11 8:49 AM

I use the Supreme Slider and I think it helps a little bit. The bed on the Janome 6500 machine where I do my FMQ is fairly large (no free arm on it) and I waxed it up fairly well, but it still wasn't slick enough for me. I bought the SS when it first came out ages ago and I think it helps, but it is not magic. There is still a bit of drag. I get the least amount of drag on my old Bernina, where the paint finish is different from the Janome bed, but the harp space is smaller.

$30 is a lot of money. I paid $24 back in the day.... Have you tried waxing your machine bed? Some people swear by a silicone spray but I don't remember what it's called.
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Date: 9/7/11 12:09 PM

Thanks very much for your suggestions. I'm trying out two machines for the FMQ; one is an old Singer 15-91 and the other is a new Brother NX-450Q. I found a Bear Thread applique pressing sheet in my sewing room closet that is coated with Polylon, a "revolutionary non-stick surface", according to the manufacturer. Tonight I'm going to cut a hole in the pressing sheet, tape it to the bed of the Singer, and try it out. Can't hurt since I never use it for applique.

I hesitate to spray chemicals near the computerized Brother. I am going to try Pledge on the Singer and car wax on the Brother extension table which is plastic. The drag is more noticeable on the Brother than the Singer.

What I found really interesting is that I'm having more luck leaving the feed dogs UP on the Singer. My stitches look fabulous on both sides of my practice sandwich. That's another reason why I want to try the Supreme Slider (or the applique sheet, if it works out) because the sheet will help cover the feed dogs. I tried this after reading Leah Day's website.

Again, thanks for your help.

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Date: 11/11/11 12:14 PM

I'm uncomfortable about spraying stuff on my machine beds. I do love the Supreme Slider. I'm using it with Sharon Schamber's quilting halo, which is a lot easier on my arthritic hands and wrists. Did you try the Slider?

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Date: 11/11/11 6:22 PM

I've been using the Slider for a couple of months, I think it is helping in my case. My machine is not a flat-bed, but it is set into a Horn cabinet with a plastic surround, so there are a few edges for the quilt to catch on. The slider covers the join between the surround and my machine, and the join between the surround and the cabinet. Although I do wish it was a little larger. I think I saw somewhere on the internet that there is a larger version available now?

A friend has a competing product which I've forgotten the name of, which is larger. She is very happy with it, too.

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Date: 11/11/11 8:43 PM

It is worth the purchase.

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Date: 11/11/11 9:11 PM

I have it, love it and would recommend it. To me it is a must have.

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Date: 11/11/11 9:26 PM

I did not purchase the Supreme Slider. Instead, I've been using the Bear Thread applique pressing sheet I wrote about in my September post. I'm using it with a Singer 15-91 which is in a wood cabinet. I taped the pressing sheet, which is quite large, to the front and back sides of the cabinet. It does indeed help the fabric to "slip and slide" more easily.

Happy quilting, Ladies!

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