Several months ago I set out to find out longarm quilting. My motivation-I’m terrible at quilting on my national machine! I haven’t gotten much beyond straight-line quilting and after many struggles with free motion I managed to put my machine in the repair shop.
I adored steering the giant machine over my quilt top, seeing pleasant surprise as my quilt became whole in a matter of hours. And even though it was not sophisticated, I loved the end result because I left the entire quilt myself.
I was hooked! But how to maintain on longarm quilting? Borrowing a machine each time wasn’t going to be realistic. And while I hope to invest in my own machine someday, purchasing a longarm isn’t in my immediate future .
With a little research I found a few options from the my area for renting time on a longarm. And I loved it instantly. It is a quilter’s dream studio complete with gorgeous light, open design walls, huge cutting tables, a variety domestic machines, and of course-a longarm quilting machine.
In order to use the longarm there, like many areas, you want to take a class and successfully quilt a complete quilt. The class covers the basics of operating their big, beautiful longarm including how to load the quilt as well as the fundamentals of free-motion quilting. The expense of the course also includes 2 hours of quilting time to finish that first quilt. When the course and the quilt are complete and approved, you’re certified to use the longarm.
Since my certification, I have used the longarm for many quilts, each time still learning, still playing, still end up with something that I love due to the experience of making it. I know I am only at the start of my journey to develop my skills as a quilter, and I’m eager to keep going, enjoying it every step of the way. One of my favorite parts of utilizing the longarm is the experience of completing my own quilt from start to finish.
There are lots of quilt stores and businesses offering training on longarm machines and allow you to rent the machine to finish your quilts.