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Longarm Services

The Dancing Bobbin offers edge to edge longarm services in a multitude of thread colors and patterns. Please drop by the shop with your quilt top and backing during normal business hours for a free consultation.

Prepping Your Quilt

Congratulations on completing your quilt top!  For the best possible quilting results, please note the following:

Lead Time:

We endeavor to return your quilt within 3-4 weeks.  However, at peak times, quilting make take 6-8 weeks.  


Quilt Top:

  • Remove any embellishments from your quilt top prior to quilting (buttons, beads, loose ribbons, etc.). Pockets or shirt plackets on memory quilts should be tacked down.
  • Trim excess threads on the back of your quilt top, particularly bright threads that might show through lighter fabric on the quilt top and backing.
  • Consider adding a stay stitch (1/8” from edge) along the sides to keep horizontal seams from pulling apart at the edges.
  • Carefully check for and repair frayed or popped seams.
  • Thoroughly press your quilt top ensuring that all seams are flat (pressed open or to one side) to help avoid puckers or thread breakage.
  • Do not pin or spray baste. Your quilt will be loaded onto the longarm in three different pieces.
  •  If you plan to add a scalloped edge to your quilt, please wait until after quilting.


  • You may provide the quilt batting or purchase it from our shop. We highly recommend Warm & Natural or Warm & White or a comparable batting of at least 80% cotton.
  • Your batting should measure 8-10” longer and wider than your quilt top. 


Backing fabric:

  • Your quilt backing should be 8-10” longer and wider than the quilt top and made of cotton quilting fabric. (No denim or minkee products please.)
  • Backing fabric should be pressed, and any seams should be pressed open or to the side. 


Your quilted top will be returned to you untrimmed and unbound.  We offer machine binding for an additional charge.