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Long Arm & Quilting Services


Longarm Quilting Services
on our Handi Quilter Computerized longarm machines


Quilting Rates:
Basic Edge to Edge (meandering or simple loops) starts @ 1½¢ /sq inch
Detailed Edge to Edge starts @ 2¢ /sq inch
Custom Designs Starting @ $35/hour
 

Quilting rates include Magnifico or Omni thread from Superior Threads
Premium threads are also available for an additional charge



Q. How do I get a quote for longarm quilting?

A.
Just give us a call or e-mail us! Our phone number is (760) 881-4025 and our e-mail address is topsandbobbins@gmail.com  You can also figure out the approximate cost yourself by measuring the length and width of your quilt top.

Length x Width = Area
Area x quilting rate (see above) = cost  
 

Q.
How do I prepare my quilt top for Longarm quilting?

A. To ensure your finished quilt looks its best it is important to remember a few things:


  • Make sure your backing is 8" longer and wider than your quilt top and it is square with straight edges. (See image above)  We need 4" of backing on each side of your quilt top to load your quilt onto our longarm quilting frame.  The batting should have 2" on each side of your quilt top so it should be 4" longer and wider than your top.  If your backing and batting are smaller (or significantly larger) than the necessary size there may be extra preparation charges.
  • Press your top and backing and make sure seams are lying flat.
  • Trim all loose threads from your seam allowances.
  • Mark the top and bottom of your quilt top and backing with a note.
  • PLEASE make sure any borders are applied correctly! No one likes wavy or crooked borders on their carefully pieced quilt tops. To prevent problems, measure the length and width of your quilt top before cutting and sewing on your borders as shown in the following image.

1.   Measure across each side of your top and down the center.

2.   Add these three numbers together.

3.   Divide this number by 3. This is the length of your side borders.

4.   Cut to length, pin (easing in any fullness), and sew.

5.   Repeat process for the width. Your top will turn out so much better when you follow these few steps :)

Example:

The sides of my quilt top measure 65” on the right, 65 ½” on the left and 66” down the center.  I add these numbers together and come up with 196 ½”.  When I divide this number by 3, I get 65 ½”.  This is the length I need to cut my side borders.

After pinning, sewing, and pressing my side borders I need to repeat the process to determine the size needed for my top and bottom borders.  Including the side borders I just applied, my top measures 56” across the top, 55 ½” across the bottom and 56” across the center.  I add these numbers together and get 167 ½”.  When I divide this number by 3, I get 55.8333”.  This is a little confusing but I can see by comparing my numbers that the length I need to cut my top and bottom borders is rounding up to 56”.  Cut it, pin it, sew it and press it.  Congratulations!  Your top is finished and ready to be quilted!

 

Q. How do I make a pieced backing?

A. Your finished quilt top measures 56” x 73” and your backing fabric is only 42” wide.
No worries, here’s what to do:

Cut two pieces of 42” wide yardage 64” long (56” wide like your quilt top + 8” more width for your longarmer to pin and clamp to).  Pin the pieces together along opposite selvedges (so any patterns in the print are going in the same direction).  Sew them together using a 1½” seam.  Backstitch at the beginning, end, and a few times down the seam to ensure a strong seam.  Now cut off the selvedges along your seam.  Carefully cut off the selvedges of your seam with scissors or line up your seam at ½” with your favorite ruler and mat and use your rotary cutter.  Press your seam open or to one side.  Your finished backing should now measure 64” by approximately 81”, perfectly sized for your top :)

For some larger quilts you may need to add more pieces or purchase 108” fabric for your backing.

Company Info
  • Phone: (760) 881-4025
  • 15550 Main Street, Suite B-6
    Hesperia, CA
    92345
  • Tuesday-Saturday 10am-5pm
    Closed Sunday & Monday
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