It’s a tempting idea that every quilter has entertained. Keeping a quilt flat and its sides even while you’re twisting and turning it on a domestic sewing machine is no easy task. So, should you take the plunge and invest in a long arm quilting machine?
You’ll be pleased to know that there’s no need to. Instead of spending thousands on a long arm machine (and trying to find space for it in the house!) you can send your quilt to Michelle and have it quilted for a fraction of the cost.
I’ve always loved sewing. It has led me to several business ventures where I have offered my skills professionally to the local community.
About 18 years ago, I started embroidering and over time ran an embroidery business called Angels Embroidery. I decided to transform this venture into a baby hampers business where I customised towels, sheets and clothing with embroidery for little ones.
My love for quilting and sewing eventually got the better of me, and I invested in a magnificent long arm quilting machine.
The long arm has allowed me to create high-quality quilts of all sizes and provided a convenient way for others to have their quilt tops professionally quilted.
Please feel free to get in touch with me if you have any questions; I’m always happy to chat.
Or, check out my services to see how I can help you with your quilting project.
Anyway, enough about me, let’s answer a few commonly asked questions about quilting.
Long arm quilting machines are used to sew a quilt top, wadding and backing together to create a finished quilt. Not every quilter uses a long arm machine to complete their quilts, but having one makes it a lot easier and quicker to get a great result, especially with large quilts.
A lot of love goes into making a quilt.
If I had to give a ballpark figure, I’d say budget for a minimum of $500 allowing for materials and the long arm quilting. But, this is a bit like asking how long a piece of string is. Below are some details to give you an idea of what's involved.
The most time-consuming part of quilting is making the top. If you’ve already made the quilt top and simply need it quilted together with the wadding and backing, most of the work is out of the way.
Bigger quilts take longer to make and require more materials. So, the bigger the quilt, the more it will cost. The standard price per square foot for quilting in Australia is around $3.00. To work out the calculation quilt length x quilt width divided by 144 to give the square foot measurement.
Let me know if you would like to supply your own wadding or if you would like me to provide it for you. If you have your own, this will come off your total bill for the job.
At an additional cost I can finish your quilt with the binding around the edge.
It takes time to re-thread a long arm sewing machine for each different colour thread. Usually, we use the same colour thread for the top and bottom, but by all means, use as many different colours as you like. Just be aware that this will add to the cost of your quilt.