Long-arm Quilting Tips
Q. What should I do to prepare my top for sending to a long-arm quilter?
A. The top should be clean. All threads should be clipped. It should be squared up before sending it to be quilted. It should not be basted/sandwiched already. The basting would have to be removed before quilting can be done on a long-arm quilting system. More information on this website
Q. How big should my backing be?
A. Your backing should be 8 inches wider and 8 inches longer than your quilt top. We currently do not offer any backing fabric for sale, nor do we offer a piecing of backing as a service. This extra fabric is needed to load the backing and your quilt on the long-arm frame. It is also crucial that the backing be square before loading on the frame. If the backing is not square or the backing is not large enough, it can be impossible to load and risks distortion being quilted into your backing. Who ever you choose to do your longarm quilting wants to do the very best job for you, so please supply them with the necessary fabric to do the job right.
Q. Can I provide my own batting?
A. Yes, you may provide your own batting. We do reserve the right to refuse any batting that isn’t consistent in loft or of poor quality. Quality batting is critical to having your quilt look good when it is finished.
Q. Do you post pictures of your customer’s quilts?
A. We respect your quilts. Our philosophy is you own the quilt. You paid us for a service. Even though we are really proud of our work, we understand that you as the owner want first shot at showing it off. On the other hand, if you want to show it off on our gallery, we would be more than happy to oblige.
A. All information is kept private. We do not sell or share any customer information.
Q. Should older/antique tops be quilted on a longarm?
A. That really depends on the condition of the fabric. Some are not able to be quilted on a longarm because they may have been weakened due to storage conditions or age. If the top is in good condition, there is no reason why it can not be quilted on a longarm. All quilts must be clean before we will accept them.
Q. Why do you want to be contacted before I mail a quilt to you?
A. We want our customers to be happy. Have you ever noticed that there are many different styles of quilt tops? There are also many different styles of quilting. We think it’s a good idea for a quilt topper to check and make sure the longarmer offers the type of quilting they are wanting before shipping the quilt. Different types of quilting not only have different cost considerations, but time considerations as well.
In order to manage our work load and return quilts in the estimated time given, we need to have an idea what our work load is going to be.
Q. What are some tips for packaging and shipping my quilt?
A. Several things can be done to help make sure your quilt safely reaches the intended destination. Make sure you use a sturdy box. Inside the box, wrap your quilt or quilt top in a bag. This will help protect your quilt from getting wet or dirty if the box should develop a hole. I really like those huge ziploc bags. In addition to addressing the outside of the box, put a copy of the address information inside the
bag. This increases the chance that your shipper can return or deliver your quilt, even in the case of a damaged box. Always use a tracking number. All shippers, including the USPS, now offer tracking numbers. If shipping to a residence, consider using a signature required service. This prevents your quilt from being left on a porch in any kind of weather. Serendipity Quilting has a PO Box for receiving your quilts to
ensure a dry, secure environment. There is no guarantee that these tips will keep your quilt completely safe, but it will go a long way into preventing loss.