We have two Handi Quilter machines set up and ready for you to use!
The Amara is a 20 inch machine and is on a 10 foot frame which allows you to free-motion quilt by hand with ease or program the ProStitcher to stitch your quilt automatically! Our 10 ft. frame can accommodate projects as small as a table runner up to 108 inches wide.
Our other machine is the Forte and it is a 24 inch machine on a 12 ft. frame with the option for hand guided quilting or using the ProStitcher. The 12 foot frame can accommodate projects up to 124 inches wide.
Please see our Frequently Asked Questions below for pricing and general rental info. If you have any additional questions, please feel free to give us a call at 608-422-5449.
It costs $20 per hour to rent our long-arm quilting machine for doing free-motion, hand guided quilting. There is a 2 hour minimum deposit ($42.20 with tax) required to hold your day. The deposit is then applied to your final charge.
It will cost $30 per hour to rent our long arm quilting machine for doing robotic quilting. There is a 2 hour minimum deposit ($63.30 with tax) required to hold your day for robotic work. The deposit is then applied to your final charge.
How long will it take?
To determine how many hours you should plan for your project we take a few factors into consideration, such as: the size of your quilt; the density of your intended quilting pattern; and, whether you stitch by hand or utilize the ProStitcher automated quilting program. Having experience on the machine will also help to streamline the process. We find 4 - 6 hours is a good average for a twin or larger with an overall robotic pattern that is not very dense. Dense patterns will take longer to stitch out.
We reserve the whole day for you when you call or stop by to make your reservation - we recommend coming in as close to our opening time of 10 am as possible to ensure you are not rushed.
Do I need to take a class before I can rent your long-arm machine?
No class is necessary prior to reserving your time. Our staff will teach you the process as you go! As you are a beginner long-armer - you may want to do a few practice or baby quilts to get the hang of it. Go easy on yourself as you are new to this. To assist you in your learning please download our Long Arm guidelines above.
Should I baste my quilt before I bring it in?
Nope! Please don't baste your quilt. The three layers of your quilt will be placed on separate rails on the quilting frame.
What do I have to bring?
Just bring your finished, pressed quilt top, batting and backer. The backer and batting will need to be at least 4 inches larger than your quilt top on all sides. You will also want to bring long-arm machine quilting thread or purchase some when you come in to quilt.
What thread should I use?
You will need to use long-arm machine quilting thread. We carry a wide variety of Signature long-arm machine quilting thread and Superior King Tut variegated threads that are available for you to purchase. You are also welcome to supply your own long-arm machine quilting thread. We just ask you to remember that quality thread leads to quality results while cheap or old threads will make you pull your hair out! ;)
Do I have to use the quilting designs on your machine?
Not at all! You have the option of quilting by hand, using the quilting designs programmed on the machine or you can download designs onto a USB drive and bring your design with you to the store on the day you come to quilt! We recommend www.digitechpatterns.com or www.intelligentquilting.com as great resources for thousands of possible quilting designs to purchase. You will want a .qli file format.
What if I have a question while I’m quilting?
Come and ask us! We are always available to help you while you are working on the long-arm. We anticipate and welcome your questions. Know that our staff will also have customers to be assisting while you are here - we appreciate your patience. You are in charge of your quilt - if you have a question - ASK.
Are some quilts harder to quilt than others?
Yes. Non-traditional materials can make quilting more difficult. These include T-shirts, sweat shirts, screen printed fabrics, denims, corduroy, wool, minky etc. Does that mean you may not use these? No - but you should be prepared for more challenges with thread breakage, skipping stitches, and slower stitching.
Deciding to do custom quilting - with multiple individual patterns in different parts of the quilt - will also take more time.
Are there drawbacks to mixing my fabrics?
Yes. We have seen challenges when a batik backing is used with a standard printed quilting cotton top. Does that mean you may not use this combination. No - but you should be prepared for more challenges with thread breakage, skipping stitches, and slower stitching. How can I reserve your long-arm quilter?
Just give us a call at 608-422-5449 or stop by the store! We’ll be happy to help you reserve your time
What is your cancellation policy?
Renters must give us 72 hours or more notice from your rental date to get a refund in the form of store credit or to move your rental deposit to a new date. Renters who give us less than 72 hours notice from your rental date will only get store credit and only if we are able to fill the time slot.