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