Preparing a Quilt for Long Arm Machine Quilting

Depending upon the complexity of the design you choose, most projects can be completed within 3-6 hours. You must be able to stand at the machine for the length of time you are quilting. We do have an anti-fatigue mat in front of the machines. Bring your lunch, coffee and tea are available in the shop.

Threads for your quilt must be purchased at The Sewing Cafe. We sell a large selection of King Tutt threads, including variegated. We do sell batting as well, Hobbs, 80/20. If you bring your own batting and it was in a bag, it must be removed from the bag prior to coming and allowed to relax. Gently refold so as not to crease again.

Here are some tips before you come to quilt.

  • Please make sure your quilt is well pressed, seams either pressed open or to one side. And pressed from the top as well.
  • Cut and remove threads from the inside of the quilt so they don’t show through.
  • The quilt back and batting should be at least 4″ larger than the quilt top on each side.  For example, a quilt top 60″ x 70″ should have a quilt back and batting at least 68″ x 78″.
  • If you have pieced the quilt back, please trim off the selvages and press the seams open.  Ideally the seam will go horizontally across the quilt when it is loaded into the frame. Bed sheets are NOT permitted.
  • Ensure your quilt top and back are squared up.
  • There is a wide variety of batting available.  At the shop we sell 80/20 cotton/poly blend and also recommend either 100% cotton bamboo, wool or wool blend. We do not recommend 100% polyester.

Come rent one of our long arm machines!