Your question: Do you have to have a long arm to quilt?

What is short arm quilting?

1. What is a Short Arm Quilter? Short arm quilters are NOT quilters with ” short arms” or that are short… but quilters using a domestic sewing machine on a quilt frame to quilt their quilts.

What does a long arm do?

Just like its name suggests, long arm quilting uses a long arm quilting machine. These machines load the top, batting and back into a metal frame, and sew the three layers at once. The machine head rolls vertically and horizontally, allowing it to quilt while the fabric stays in place.

How much does a mid arm quilting machine cost?

The cost of the best mid arm quilting machines can be between $1000 – $5000, maybe even more.

How long does it take to quilt a quilt on a long arm?

What’s a basic turn around time? Typical turnaround time for longarm quilting is 2 to 4 weeks.

How much extra fabric do I need for long arm quilting?

Oversize Backing

Most longarm quilters require a backing that is 8-10″ larger than the quilt top both in width and height. For example, a 60″ quilt top requires an 68″ square backing. This 4-5″ of excess backing all the way around the quilt allows the longarm sewing machine to “hold onto” the quilt while it sews.

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