Preparing your Quilt for Long Arm Quilting
Preparing your Quilt Top
- Clip any lose threads from the underside and sides
- If you find your fabric is "stretchy", sew an 1/8" seam all around your quilt top, this will eliminate any further stretching
- Square your quilt top as best you can to 90` on either side, this will ensure easier loading onto the quilt frame
- A common problem long armers come across are wavy borders. We try our best to work around wavy borders to ensure your quilting comes out without any puckers. If we feel the ideal quilting experience cannot be achieved we will call you immediately. To avoid wavy borders, refer to this document created by Robin Strobel.
- Press your top and provide on a hanger to eliminate any wrinkles (preferred but not mandatory). If your top requires pressing, additional charges may apply.
Preparing your Batting
- Ensure your batting is the same size as your backing, see below
- We offer a variety of batting in store: Hobbs 80/20 96" Wide, Hobbs 100% Cotton, 96" or 120", Hobbs 80/20 Fusible Batting 96" Wide, Hobbs Polyester 45" Wide
Preparing your Backing
- You can choose from wide backing at 60" wide, some piecing may be required. We offer a variety of choices in store
- You can choose from extra backing at 108"-110" wide, we offer a variety of choices in store
- You can piece your backing. It is important that your backing be a minimum of 6"-8" larger than your top (3"-4" around the edges of your top)
- TIP: when piecing your backing, use 5/8" seam and press open. Please do not leave the salvages present in your backing
- Square your quilt back as best you can to 90` on either side, this will ensure easier loading onto the quilt frame
- Press your back and provide on a hanger to eliminate any wrinkles (preferred but not mandatory). If your backing requires pressing, additional charges may apply.