Setting up quilt on Next Generation Frame

This post is for my friends on the Pfaff Hobby Grand Quilter (Yahoo) group who are setting their quilt up for the first time on a Next Generation Frame (or something similar).

Hope this makes sense:

  1. I have my quilt top pinned to the leader on the quilt top rail with straight pins.
  2. I do the same thing with the backing and leader on that rail.
  3. I use the tube and groove to secure my batting in place.
  4. I then pull the backing up over the frame and secure it with pins to the take up rail.
  5. Next, I pull the batting up over the frame and lay it on top of the backing fabric. I make sure it is lined up straight about 1/2 inch down from where the backing and leader are pinned together. I DON’T pin the batting at this point.
  6. The next step is to pull the quilt top over the frame and smooth it over the top of the backing at about 1 inch down from where the batting is. I make sure it is on straight and line everything up square. I use straight pins at about every 3-4 inches perpendicular to the take up rail.
  7. I use my machine to run a line of stitching about 1/4 inch from the top of the quilt. This secures the three layers of the quilt sandwich together. The quick sketch here might help you understand. Click on it to enlarge it.

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5 thoughts on “Setting up quilt on Next Generation Frame

  1. Thank you Caron. Your writing is very clear and concise. This information and picture has really helped me. I cut and paste just about every one of your messages out of the group on Yahoo into a document and save for reference material. Being new with the Mega Quilter and Next Generation frame sometimes the abbreviated terminology throws me off a little until I learn more. I have marked your blog now too. Have you ever posted a similar message like this one on loading the quilt? When people say to roll the bar clockwise or counter clock wise it is hard to understand which way to roll for me. If you are standing in front, I guess I would like to see the directions say, roll the top, middle or bottom bar toward you or toward the back of the machine. Again, thank you for all of your information. You are a very good writer for the novice. Mary Sheets in Logan, OH


  2. Please let me clarify my previously posted comment, it sounds so silly after going back and reading again. I really wanted to asked have you ever posted a message on which way to roll each of the bars on the Next Generation frame when you are first putting on the material instead have you ever posted a message on loading a quilt. I sure do hate being new to all of this. Seems like everything you say and do is silly but people like sure do make a difference in our lives who are out here struggling in the big new world of quilting. Thanks again for sharing your blog. Mary Sheets in Logan,OH


  3. Thanks for the feedback, Mary.. I’m glad to know I was able to help you. please don’t hesitate to contact me if you ever have any questions. As far as how to turn the rails when you first load the quilt, I have relied in the photo in the Pfaff Hobby Grand Quilter group on Yahoo. Go to Photo Albums > ***Next Generation Frame > NG Loading Diagram posted by Crispy1104. Hope that helps.


  4. Have had my next generation for 2 yr + have iley complet4ed 5 small baby quilts. It drags across the quilts the thread breaks the stitches are anywhere fro a 1/4 to 1/2 inch long.I have had it to 3 different technicians and it still doesn't work. Very disappointed, a waste of money.
    Shirley On Canada


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