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Thread: Renting a longarm? What is fair?

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    Super Member purplemem's Avatar
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    My LQS has a Handiquilt Sweet 16 she wants to rent, and I want to rent it! The problem is she doesn't have any clue what to charge...

    Have any of you rented a longarm? What was the going rate?

    She also has a big sucker with pantographs that she wants to rent. Same issue.

    I want feedback. How much do you pay to rent? What machine was it? How long did it take you to quilt? Did this include the setup of the quilt (loading)? :shock:

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    I am curious about this also...

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    I own a longarm but am not that experienced with it. I came upon a LQS that has a Lennie to rent. She charges $20.00 for lessons for 1 hour. She also said the quilt will be loaded but you can bring in something you are working on if you want and we can load that as well but it takes longer and eats up that 1 hour. Hope this helps!

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    In my area, only one quilt shop that I know of rents the machine to users. They charge $20.00 per hour and require that the renter take lessons before renting. The lessons cost $250.

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    Ouch!

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    The LQS here siad she would charge $25.00 for the lesson and $20.00 per hour. You pay from the time you begin loading your quilt till you take it off.

    She also said it would take a few hours to do it. But that depends on what you want on it.
    This was for the 16 inch. She is now at the 18 inch and it is computerized. I would just have to move the machine back to the start of each line.

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    One of our LQS has Gammill's, the Statler and she charges
    $20 an hour. There is a $1 charge for a broken needle and $3 for thread. There is a $10 charge for your first time as there is an aide to help you and try to train you. There is an aide each day but the first time alot of help is needed. I have done 3 quilts there and not spent over 3 hours on the king-sized ones.

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    I am in the process of scheduling lessons and rental time here at an APQS studio here in Florida. To rent their machines, you have to take an all day hands on lesson which is for$125 and that includes a zipper set which my understanding enables you to get your quilt ready and reduce loading time. Really yave no clue about longarming at all, so looking forward ton the lesson.

    The studio charges $20 an hour for rental plus cost of thread. The time it takes to finish quilting depends on the size of the quilt and the quilt design you choose, I've been told that quilting a queen size with a simple all over design will be about four hours, didn't catch if that includes loading time or not.

    Have my lesson scheduled in ten days, can't wait!

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    One place that rents a Gammill it was 100.00 a day (6 hours) or 20 per hour. They also required training and that was 100. The other place that was renting in the area has closed, they were way cheaper, but also required training.

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    My LQS has three different HQ's for rent. She charges $50 per day for rent and you must buy a set of leaders from her so your quilt is loaded and ready to go when you get there. She charges $.02 per square inch to do it for you, which works out to about $100 for a twin size quilt. I decided to buy my own LA and do my own. It should pay for it's self in about a year.

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