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Thread: What's a Reasonable Price for Machine Quilting?

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    What is a reasonable price to pay for machine quilting a king, queen, full and twin? My friend gave me a name of someone nearby who machine quilts, but I would like to know what prices to expect before I talk to her.

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    i've paid just short of $100 a couple of times over the last year or so for queen size. not sure about the 'per square inch' price, but i think that's how most of the long arm quilters charge.

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    Wow, it depends on so many things. The size of the quilt, the quilting pattern you choose, the part of the country you live in, if it's a rush job. So many variables. For a simple edge to edge pattern, I pay . 0133 cents per square inch (psi). Custom can go up to .05 psi. Most longarmers have their rates psi on their websires. Check our some in your area. Be sure to ask a lot of questions and throughly "interview" the person before you decide to go ahead.

    Check these threads from the past
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/posts/list/2940.page
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/posts/list/9217.page

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    Apparently this woman furnishes the backing, batting and binding of your choice plus gives you the choice of design and rounded or square corners. Is that what others do?

    Thanks for your answers, nor'easter and fabricluvr.

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    the person that does mine has batting available for $5/yd (that's included in the $100 i've been paying. it's just easier to use hers, and it's wider than what i can get). i supply the backing and just hand the pieces to her all separate in the bag (she sandwiches). she returns it back to me ready to be trimmed up and bound.

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    Mine also supplies backing and batting if you want her to. I never have, so I have never called for prices. She has hundreds of quilting patterns to choose from and we are bartering services...she quilts and I am comprising a catalog of her patterns and helping with other computer organization things in exchange. It's a great arrangement for us both! :D

    She also does basting if you want to hand quilt, will make and sew the binding to the front of your quilted top (you provide the fabric) for $1 per linear foot, and will hand sew it to the back for an additional $2 per linear foot. She also will make pillow cases to match your quilt with the quilting design incorporated in the hem. She will finish them or give them back to you to finish.

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    I pay 1 cent per square inch, plus $1 a bobbin. (Not a typical sized bobbin, this is more 'industrial' sized.) Batting, backing, and binding are extra and vary on materials/size/etc.

    I have only sent one quilt out to this lady, and have only have seen it in process. I can't wait to see how it turned out!

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    do a search for long arm quilters and see what they charge from their websites. I think, beside the batting and backing, they charge by how much stitching you get. If the stitching further apart it costs less than if it's closer together. Custom quilting is a different price than following a pattern.
    Rebecca
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    I recently had a baby quilt size throw done. The lady charged me $20 and that included the batting. I furnished the backing. She returned to me all very nicely quilted and ready to be bound.

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    Just a note, some longarmers have a minimum charge. Here it's $40 or $45 depending on who you go to. In other words, no matter how small the piece, you'll pay that minimum amount. It still takes them the time and effort for the set up, etc. and they deserve to meet their break even point.

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