WHAT IS LONGARM QUILTING?
It’s simple. Longarm quilting is the fastest way to turn your quilt top into a finished quilt. Traditionally, you would pin all three layers of your quilt together to prepare them for quilting with your sewing machine. Maneuvering your quilt through the small throat of your sewing machine is very frustrating and extremely hard on your neck and shoulders. Today, longarm quilting machines make light work of an otherwise tedious task. Simply load your backing on our giant 12' frame, lay your batting and quilt top over the backing and then guide the machine effortlessly over your quilt as it places perfect spaced stitches.
Unfortunately, not everyone has the space or money for a longarm of their own. That’s where our rental program comes in. We recommend all our first time renters start by following a line design with a laser light. This paper design (pantograph) is placed on the table behind/underneath your quilt and you simply guide the machine's laser light over the design and voila, you have an evenly space quilting design running from one side of your quilt to the other, from the top to the bottom. This is called an ALL-OVER or EDGE-TO-EDGE design. After your first quilt, we welcome you to try any other method of quilting you desire including free motion, light custom, custom and more. We can help you achieve any style of quilting you like.
WHAT IS A LONGARM QUILTING MACHINE RENTAL?
Learn to use a longarm machine in our friendly, bright, spacious studio! After a short certification class (Edmonton or St. Albert), our expert coaching is sure to have you confidently stitching on your very first quilt! We will walk you through every step of the process. We even provide Free Thread, Pre-wound Bobbins and a selection of Pantograph Designs with every rental!
“In what other world can you rent a machine worth many thousands of dollars, for $30 an hour, unlimited help included? (Or in my case $15 per hour from their great sale!). I took advantage of their valet service - they load your quilt for you and do the initial basting so you are ready to start quilting immediately. I felt like a kid playing with a favourite toy! Thank you Sparrow for this great service and all your help. ”
- Cathy F.
“What a great experience long arming today! Thank you, Bradie, for your expertise and patience! And I love the new quilt store set-up! The fabrics are delicious!! ”
- Laraine H.
“Just finished quilting a quilt using the long arm machine and the valet service. Many thanks to Brady and her daughter for all their patience and help. This shop has the best customer service I've ever seen. I recommend them to everyone Five plus stars for sure ”
- Wendy L.