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    Question Renting longarm time

    I am considering purchasing a longarm but would really like to spend a few hours on one first. Is there anywhere in the Houston-Southwest Texas area that you can rent time on a longarm?

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    I think renting time is an excellent idea. I hope you find a place. There is a Tin Lizzie dealer there...perhaps they do that? I don't know their name, just that they exist.

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    Quilter's Emporium in Stafford offers a class for the Handiquilter, after which you can rent time on their machine. Telephone is 281-491-0016; they are on a feeder along the SW freeway. I just checked and they have a class scheduled for this Saturday for $100. Rental fee is $25/hour, 2 hour minimum.
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    You might also check with quilt shops and longarmers in the area. You might even find a longarmer who is willing to rent time, even though they may not be in business for it.

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    Don't know about your area, but wanted to tell you I did exactly that. Was pretty sure I wanted a Baby Lock Crown Jewel, took a class so I could "rent time" (although the shop was way too far away to actually go rent on any regular basis) and after the class I knew it was the machine for me.
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    Call every quilt shop in your area. They will most likely know what's around.
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    Oh how I wish there was a place near me where I could rent time on a long arm!!!!

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    the quilt frog, I think it's around the woodlands, the have many brands

    I looked it up, it's in Spring 281-793-1777
    Last edited by kathy; 08-02-2013 at 04:43 AM.

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    You are very wise to go this route. this is what I did as well. The shop was too far away (an hour in great weather over mountains) to get any good renting time but I did take their class to "certify" for renting time on an HQ16 on a rack. The class alone was enough to let me know that longarming was definitely something I wanted to do. I ended up gettin an Innova 26".

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    I am not sure about renting time Quilt N Sew off Mason might but I am not certain. I got my long arm at http://quiltfrog.com/ she also offers classes so if you want to go that route you can. Carrie is really a sweet person and her husband Tom is super helpful with answering questions in person and over the phone. Good Luck :-)

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    It's been several years since I contacted them, and I was told The Quilt Frog offers classes, but they don't rent time on machines.

    Quote Originally Posted by kathy View Post
    the quilt frog, I think it's around the woodlands, the have many brands

    I looked it up, it's in Spring 281-793-1777

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    Thanks everyone for the advice.

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    Might also check with Sew Contempo (281-333-5322) near Webster/Nasa 1. I'm not sure if they rent them, but I bet they would know who does.

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    check out Jo's Quilting Studio I know that they are an Innova Dealer and I have talked to them at the Dallas Quilt Show. I am pretty sure that they rent time. There are a lot of Innova owners on this board and I know that next year that is the route I am going!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltstringz View Post
    check out Jo's Quilting Studio I know that they are an Innova Dealer and I have talked to them at the Dallas Quilt Show. I am pretty sure that they rent time. There are a lot of Innova owners on this board and I know that next year that is the route I am going!!!!
    Forgot to mention that they are in Richmond which I believe it pretty close to Houston.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kathy View Post
    the quilt frog, I think it's around the woodlands, the have many brands

    I looked it up, it's in Spring 281-793-1777
    I would also check with this shop as I think they have 2-4 different brands of machines so you could try them all to see which one "feels" best for you. Then you will have a better idea for which one to purchase if you find you like to do longarming.

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    Check out the Texas Machine Quilters, at quiltfrog.com, in Spring. They have several brands you can try and they offer excellent customer support. With the purchase of a machine you get a free two-day class on YOUR machine. I got mine there, and I live six hours away!
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