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Thread: A gentle discussion about $ for long arm quilting

  1. #31

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    I am impressed with the Bailey machine for the price. I most likely will buy one, depending on the warranty. Even tho they are quite inexpensive comparably they still are a lot of money. But, I think it would pay for itself eventually, provided the machine has longevity.

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    I am looking at Grace Frames. There is a company that sells them reasonably with a Juki sewing machine. Do you know anything about those? I need to upgrade sewing machines. I am still using a very inexpensive Brother so want to buy frame and machine together.

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    Senior Member ddrobins1956's Avatar
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    Did you find it difficult to learn how to use your sewing machine with frame for quilting? I've been looking at them for the last year and would love to invest in one, but I'm intimidated about learning to use it properly. Is it a hassle to load the quilt and batting onto the poles? Will be interested in hearing your reply.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gale in SF
    Think my subject line covers it all but... I love piecing but I don't have the stamina or determination to learn how to do an overall quilting design with my little sewing machine. So, I send out an occasional quilt top. However, I just contacted someone referred by someone who showed examples of the quilts she had quilted, and admittedly, they were beautifully done. But the cost floored me! What seems to be the going rate for doing a quilt top, say 50" x50" or a single bed size?

    I really want to know so I can just make pieced tops and be happy or learn how to do free motion quilting.
    you need to checkout bellaquilting.com her prices are much better. Tell Claire that Wendy sent you.

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    Maybe I can help by telling you my quilting ratesand I would be happy to send you a brochure which has the rates.
    50x50=2500 sq. Inches is the size of your quilt.

    If I baste a QT 2500 I charge 1/2 cent psi = $12.50
    Edge to Edge is 1.5 psi = $37.50 ( edge to edge is usually freehand or pantograph)

    Custom Quilting is where you request a certain pattern quilting onto your quilt and is usually very detailed with in the ditch, outline, or specialty stitching. For this I charge 3 cents PSI 50x50 =2500 x $75.00.
    If you request specialty stitching in borders I charge $20 per border.
    I also charge $1 for new needle, $1 for each bobbin, and if I change colors $4 per color.
    I hope this will help you.

    Thank You :)

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    Do you know that Gammil has a machine for in the home quilting.
    I have 14ft gammill in my shop, but if I were just doing my oen quilting I would invest in one of them as I do not think you would be dissapointed with the price or machine versing one of the other frames where you use your domistic machine.

    Happy Quilting :-)

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    I forgot to say the Gammill machine is called a shortarm machine, rather than a longarm likemine. :oops:

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    Great discussion!! Hi Gale. I have had a few quilts sent out to be quilted. Every time I sent out a quit, it costed more and more. I simply cannot afford to send out quilts and recently got a machine that could handle quilting a large top. My goal is to learn how to quilt and to get a long arm or Gracey quilt frame in the future. Once I become accomplished enough I will join the ranks of those who make a living from quilting others tops, though that is a few years off at the moment. I'm just getting started in learning machine quilting and I need to take a few classes and practice, practice, practice.
    ~Tiffany

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    I just got my frame this summer and It came with a dvd. It made it easier as if I didn't understand or forgot between quilting then I just watch it again. Most shops that sell them should be helpful with any other questions you have about using it. Or even ask here. I am sure someone will have an answer for you.

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    Hello Gale,
    I am south of Fresno (also in California) and had the quilt pictured in my avatar machine quilted for $35. I supplied the batting, backing and I put the binding on. The lady works next to a quilting store here. She had many, many designs to pick from and I was very happy with her work. (quilt was crib size)
    ~Joan

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