Long Arm Quilting

Tips For Preparing Your Quilt For Longarm Quilting

  •   The three layers (top, batting and backing) will be loaded onto the machine separately, so please do not pin or baste them together. 
  • A quilt top or backing  that is not square will not roll onto the frame properly.
  • If your quilt and/or backing is directional please mark the top with a safety pin.
  • If your borders are pieced or cut on the bias, stay stitch around the entire edge of the border 1/8” in to avoid seams coming apart or stretching during handling.
  • Iron your quilt top and fold carefully.  Trim loose threads, this prevents the threads from showing through lighter fabrics.  They can also cause snags and uneven stitching.

Backing:

  • The backing must be at least 6 inches larger than in the quilt top in length and width.
  • Press your backing well and fold carefully.
  • If you are piecing the backing, be sure that there are no selvages in the seam allowances. Seam allowances should be 1/2” and pressed open.   Horizontal seams are preferred if possible. 
  • It is imperative that you square your quilt backing.
  • When you are choosing your backing fabric think about what colour thread you might like for the quilting.  If you are unsure, a busy fabric with some of the colours that are on the top would be safe.

Batting:

  • If you are supplying your own batting and if it comes folded or rolled in a package, please remove it unfold it and put it in the dryer to remove the creases.
  • Make sure that the batting is at least 6 inches larger than in the quilt top in length and width.

Additional Charges:

  • An additional labour charge of $35.00 per hour will be added for any miscellaneous work (repairing seams, squaring up backing and top).