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Thread: Questions to ask LA'er BEFORE hireing

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    The recient threads concerning LA'er nightmares has me wondering what are the questions one should get answers to before hireing a LA'er?

    How long (how many) have you been doing this?

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    Do you supply the batting or do I? If I supply it, is there a certain brand/type I need to get? If you supply it, what do you use & how much do you charge? (some LA swear that only certain battings work on their machine w/out messing up tensions & other settings)

    How much bigger does that the backing need to be than the front? Is that on each side or is that total? (some LA tell you total, others quote you on EACH side)

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    If I supply the thread it there a difference in price?
    I like 'xyz' type batting, do you have any objections?
    Can I talk to other customers?
    What's your estimated completion time?
    My quilt isn't square ( that's mine....) what expectations do you have for 'wonkiness'?
    Can I see your work space?
    I want this type of a design, can you show me a sample that's similar?
    this is what I asked the first time. I was thrilled with the finished quilt!

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    Is there smoking in your quilt studio or house where you keep the quilts?
    Will my quilt be exposed to pets or pet hair?



    Then these aren't questions but may be a good idea to mention:

    Please contact me if there is a problem of any kind.

    Do not make any alterations to my quilt without first contacting me.

    If for any reason you can not finish the job, please do not start it, I will find someone else.

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    all good advice.

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    Have you ever damaged a quilt, did you tell customer? (I had that happen at LQS, LAer got needle caught in fabric, ripped a large section of my quilt getting needle out, folded quilt to disguise rip, sent me home without telling me, I laid quilt out on bed to look at it saw the rip, refolded quilt, took it back to LQS, showed it to owner, asked why they didn't tell me, she didn't even know it had happened, LAer said and I quote, " you had something stiff in that block that my needle got caught in, I broke my needle trying to get it out", there was nothing in the fabric that was stiff, and she should have told me she damaged my quilt, owner did applique a piece over rip, but in my mind it's still noticable and damaged).

    Do you allow food or beverages in room where you quilt?

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    The more questions you ask, the happier you'll be.......... I for one prefer to be asked,,, anything or everything! And in turn I also ask...... what color thread do you want? what type design do you prefer? do you want the quilt trimmed once its done?

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    I just sent a gift quilt to a LA'r. She works out of "my" LQS. All the girls who work at the shop use her and her work is beautiful. There is a book of patterns to pick from and best of all she picks them up on Wed. and they are back and done the following Wed. Her name is Rhonda and my quilt turned out beautiful.
    Sue

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    Asking what the wait time is would be a big one.

    I know that the LQS does only meandering and she is right now booked up until christmas! But she also only does 1 or 2 a week. I was thinking of starting a LA business but I would have to start somewhere. There is 1 person that does custom quilting and a 3 that all have computerized systems but I think if I start out with some meandering and work up to the custom stuff it should be ok. I know that the wait lists get long for some of those guys.

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    What experience do you have? How many quilts have you done? What training or classes have you taken?

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    I think these are all good questions. I think I have been asked these questions several times.

    :thumbup:

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    No one has mentioned the big question of cost!

    Also, discuss the design that will be used to quilt it, and what colour thread. I look to my LAQ'er for advice and suggestions, though it's ultimately my decision.

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    What quilting pattern, whats the cost, what type of batting and do I buy or do you supply the batting, thread? colors of thread? binding? Do I supply the fabric for the binding and how much if I do...or if you do whats the cost? How long will it take? Can you Explain all costs involved? Such as, Do you charge extra for ironing, cutting threads, squaring, if I want it squared? What can I expect the total cost to be and when can I expect it to be completed?

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    I am not too trusting of some folk.

    If I wanted a LAer I would want to see a lot of their completed work.

    Word of mouth from quilting friends and seeing their work quilted is great.

    Another effective way to see a LAer's work is to go to quilt shows and note those LAer's whose work you admire. Or go to LQS's and ask who does the quilts they have displayed.

    The questions posted are all great.

    ali

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    Great questions so far. Keep them coming.

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    what will the quilting be like? ....panto?...custom?....if custom, can I see some of your work?......final price (some won't tell you all the little additional costs, like setup fees for each different pattern).....turnaround time (can you have it done in reasonable time)......is your frame big enuf to handle this King size quilt?

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    Quote Originally Posted by susie-susie-susie
    I just sent a gift quilt to a LA'r. She works out of "my" LQS. All the girls who work at the shop use her and her work is beautiful. There is a book of patterns to pick from and best of all she picks them up on Wed. and they are back and done the following Wed. Her name is Rhonda and my quilt turned out beautiful.
    Sue

    I wish Rhonda would move. I have a great suggestion where her new home could be.
    :mrgreen:

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    Do you use the cheapest batting you can buy? Do you have a selection of thread colors other then white or neutral? Do you know not to quilt over hand applique? Do you know to check underneath the quilt for tension problems every so often? Do you know that one pucker or one pleat is not okay? Do you have the sense to refuse a quilt that you know the problems will not quilt out but make them much worse?

    Everyone of these questions are issues I've had with' want to make money being an machine quilter so I bought a long arm' in my area. :roll:

    I have found a long armer I am happy with and she is swamped with business because she takes pride in her work and it shows. One bad quilting job shown at guild is a put out of business fast around here.

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    I want to either see lots of the LA's work, or have lots of people I trust recommend her to me. One of the things I look for when I go to quilt shows is the name of the QUILTER - meaning the person who actually quilted the quilt. If I see 3 or 4 beautifully quilted quilts that were done by the same person, I usually look that person up.

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