Several months ago I set out to find out longarm quilting. My motivation-I’m terrible at quilting on my national machine! I have not gotten much beyond straight-line quilting and after many struggles with free movement I was able to put my machine at the mechanic.
I adored steering the giant machine over my quilt top, seeing pleasant surprise as my quilt became complete in a matter of hours. And though it wasn’t sophisticated, I loved the end result because I left the entire quilt myself.
But how to maintain on longarm quilting? Borrowing a machine each time was not going to be sensible. And while I expect to put money into my own machine , purchasing a longarm is not in my immediate future .
With a little research I found a couple of choices from the my place for renting time on a longarm. And I loved it instantly. It’s a quilter’s dream studio complete with stunning light, open layout partitions, huge cutting tables, a variety domestic machines, and of course-a longarm quilting machine.
So as to utilize the longarm there, like many areas, you want to have a course and successfully quilt a complete quilt. The class covers the fundamentals of operating their large, 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 are certified to use the longarm.
Since my certificate, 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 abilities as a quilter, and I am eager to keep going, enjoying it every step of the way. One of my favorite elements of utilizing the longarm is that 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 permit you to let the machine to finish your quilts.