Friday, December 3rd, 2021

Learning How to Use a Longarm Quilting Machine

Several months ago I set out to learn longarm quilting. My motivation-I’m terrible at quilting on my domestic machine! I haven’t gotten much past straight-line quilting and after many struggles with free motion I managed to put my machine in the repair shop.

My first opportunity to us a longarm came about when a friend offered to let me use her machine. It became all engage in and loopty-loops, but it really was good fun! I loved steering the giant machine over my quilt top, watching with pleasant surprise as my quilt became whole in a matter of hours. And even though it became not professional, I really enjoyed the actual result considering the fact that I earned the full quilt by myself.

I was hooked! But how to keep on longarm quilting? Borrowing a machine every time wasn’t going to be realistic. And while I hope to invest in my own machine someday, buying a longarm isn’t in my immediate future either.

With a little research I found a few options in the my area for renting time on a longarm. And I loved it immediately. 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 places, you need to take a class and successfully quilt a whole quilt. The class covers the basics of operating their big, beautiful longarm including how to load the quilt and the basics of free-motion quilting. The cost of the class also includes 2 hours of quilting time to complete that first quilt. Once the course and the quilt are complete and approved, you’re certified to use the longarm.

Due to the fact my accreditation, I’ve employed the longarm for a number of quilts, when continually being taught, actually participating, continue to finding yourself with anything at all I love mainly because of the experience of making this. I know I’m only at the beginning of my longer journey to develop my skills as a quilter, and I’m excited to keep going, enjoying it every step of the way. One of my favorite parts of using the longarm is the experience of finishing my own quilt from start to finish.

I encourage anyone curious about using a longarm to get out there and try it. There are many quilt sellers and agencies that offer training on longarm machines and allow you to rent the machine to finish your quilts.

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