How do I Prepare My Quilt For The Longarm Quilter?


You want to make sure all your seams are ironed flat. This is one of the most important step to producing a high quality product. Check for loose hanging threads on the top side of your quilt; we will remove if you miss a few. Trim all long hanging threads at the seams and the backside of your pieced work.

It is not always easy to make a perfectly sqared quilt. One way to check your quilt is to measure across the top, middle and bottom. Take these measurements top to bottom and side to side. Depending on the quilt pattern and borders you may be able to trim the edges to square your quilt. If you are only off by a 1/2″ it’s probably not a big deal. If you are off more than a 1/2″ I will have to alter your quilt to lay flat. Some alterations are extra costs.

Other important step, make sure the batting and backing have at least a 4 inch allowance on all sides. The best way to calculate material needed is to measure the length and width of your quilt and add 8 inches to the length and the width. If your backing is short, leader line can be sewn to your quilt back. Adding leaders is an extra cost.

It’s okay to leave the selvage on your backing outer edges only. Salvage must be removed from all piece work in you quilt top. When salvage is left in the areas that will be longarm stitched stops may occur. Also, the shrink factor in the selvage is different than the material. Remove the selvage!

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