There are many, many long-arm quilters out there and I have heard the term “quilting by checkbook” cleverly used by those quilters that hire long-arm quilters to do the quilting on their projects.
But how many of us have never used a long-arm quilter? I suspect there are quite a few. As for me, I had been quilting for many years before I finally decided to have someone else do the quilting for me. Part of it was a trust issue; but it was mostly not knowing how to go about hiring a long-arm quilter in the first place. Did I need to do something special to the quilt to get it ready for quilting? What if my piecing wasn’t great? What’s the difference between edge-to-edge quilting and custom quilting? How much will it cost?
About three and a half years ago, one of our members, Teresa Koster, discovered she had a real passion for long-arm quilting. So much so, she and her husband changed their retirement plans and bought a long-arm machine. She’s been going strong ever since with over 600 quilts completed! About a year ago, Teresa put together a brochure for her quilting business. In it, she answers a multitude of questions about what to do (and what not to do) before you take your quilt to a long-arm quilter, and what you should expect from that quilter. She covers quilt backs, batting, threads and even has a section on T-shirt quilts.
Teresa has graciously allowed us to use her brochure in this blog posting. While it is intended as an advertisement for her company, it is also a very good resource for anyone wanting to know more about long-arm quilting. You can see her brochure by clicking the button below. Feel free to save or print it so you can review it whenever you want.T KOS Quilting Brochure
Not all of my quilts are sent to the long-arm quilter because sometimes I like to try my hand at quilting my own quilts. But I have found that the quilts I’m giving away and that I know will get a lot of use (and/or abuse) are better off when they are quilted by a professional.
What have been your reasons for using long-arm quilters? You can tell us in the comments below.