I've been long-arming happily all day. I finished one quilt, and will place another one on the frame tomorrow. I wish the holiday could be extended, I'm not ready for school to start! For those who are new to the blog, I home school my son. I'm also taxi-driver for my oldest in college (she has a disability and can't drive for now).
I thought I'd share a tip to help those who are tempted to oil your thread when you sew velcro or use metallic threads. My method works for long arming, sewing, serging, upholstery just about any type of sewing. I've used this method for years and it works!
If you have continual thread breaks while sewing velcro or use metallic threads, try this! Cut a tiny piece of stick-on velcro, use the fluffy side. Place it under the thread path AFTER the tension disc. Then place 1 or 2 drops of silicone (Sewer's Aid, etc.) on the velcro. As the thread glides across the velcro it lubes your thread without ruining the entire cone, and without gumming up your tension dial.
Use velcro to sew velcro, brilliant! Let me know if you try my method? I'd love to hear how it worked for you!