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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.


Batting:

  • 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. 


Finishing:

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