Frequent question: How much overage do you need for long arm quilting?

How much extra backing fabric is needed for long arm quilting?

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.

How much extra backing do I need for machine quilting?

The quilt backing needs to be larger than the quilt top to allow extra for fabric that is taken up during quilting and for stabilization when using a quilting frame. Always add 8″ to both the length and width measurements so you have an extra 4″ of fabric all around.

How much can you make long arm quilting?

How much profit can a longarm quilting business make? Total annual profit depends upon your fee structure and the number of orders you complete. If you charge by the square inch, a basic longarm service on a queen size quilt will earn you just under $100, with a king size coming in at $125.

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How much space do you need for a long arm quilting machine?

To comfortably operate you must allow a minimum of 2 feet around the entire sewing machine. This allows the head of the machine to move freely throughout the quilting space and access to all sides of the table. See Figure 1 & 2 for measurements needed to house your longarm machine.

How much bigger should the backing be than the quilt top?

Size of the back: must be at least 6″ wider on each side, top and bottom, than your quilt top. A total of 12″ larger than your quilt top. Trim the top and bottom edges of your backing so they are straight and square.

How much bigger should quilt batting be?

To ensure you have “wiggle” room, you want your batting to be 2” bigger all around. That means you will add 4” to the width and 4” to the length of the pieced top to determine the size of the batting layer.

Do you tip a long arm quilter?

You can tip your longarm quilter anytime you want.

Tipping your longarm quilter who helps you put together your top quilt, batting, and quilt backing is a simple way of showing appreciation. … Some quilters who are quite happy with the work of their long arm quilters do not hand out tips.

What is the average age of a quilter?

Most quilters are female, with an average age of 55. They spend an average of 11 years quilting, and some own more than $5,000 worth of equipment.

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How much do I charge for quilting?

Most longarm quilters charge by the “square inch” for quilting services. That means you’d need to charge 1.75 cents per square inch (or $0.0175 ) for that pattern to earn your projected hourly wage. Use this process with each design you own to determine how to properly charge for your work.