Preparing Your Quilt for Long Arming
In order to have the best possible outcome from the Long Arm Quilting process, your quilt must be ready for the machine. Below are guidelines for you in preparing your quilt.
- Both the quilt top and back should be squared up and trimmed to make edges even. – click here for information on how to determine if your top or back is square and click here to learn how to square it up if it is not square.
- Be sure that there are no loose or hanging threads anywhere on any surface. This can cause uneven stitches, and on lighter colored fabric loose threads will show through the quilt top or back.
- Both the quilt top and back should be checked for any open seams. Open seams can cause tearing of the quilt top or back. Locking your seams is sometimes a good idea.
- Identify the head of your quilt top and head of back if necessary using a safety pin.
- Be sure that there are no pins or needles anywhere (other than the safety pin showing the head of your quilt top/back).
- Please do not layer the quilt top and backing. Each will be individually loaded onto the Long Arm machine.
- All material should be clean and free of any foreign material such as pet dander/hair/etc…
- Do not baste your quit.
- Quilt Back
- Should be 4” to 6” larger than quilt top on all four sides.
- Use ½” or 5/8” seam allowance if you need to seam your backing. A ¼” seam allowance stands straight up as soon as it is on the Long Arm.
- Should be well pressed with seam allowance OPEN and dog ears trimmed.
- Should be squared and with each side trimmed evenly.
- Back tack or stay stitch the seam allowance down to prevent unraveling.
- Quilt Top
- Should be well pressed with seam allowance either OPEN or TO ONE SIDE and dog ears trimmed.
- Should be squared up and trimmed to final size – see links above for information on how to determine if your top or back is square and how to square it up if it is not square.
- Should lay completely flat after pressing to prevent any puckering during quilting.