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Cost of sending a quilt to be quilted?
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Michelle T

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Date: 7/21/12 11:59 AM

I am just getting into quilting beyond rag quilts and tied quilts.

Knowing me I will get bogged down at the point of actually doing the quilting.

I am sure I can manage small items, but anything larger than a metre square may be waiting in my UFO's for a long time.

So those who send their quilts to a long arm quilter, what are you paying?

I know prices will vary quite a bit, and I am in Canada, but a ball park idea of what it could cost to do a baby, twin or queen quilt would be great.

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Date: 7/21/12 1:18 PM

Lets see. I took a class last spring and made my first quilt. The size with borders was 68x93, I think. I'd have to look it up. I ended up paying right at $100 for it---with my student discount included. That is a lot of money for someone to quilt this for me on the long arm. The price included the clamatis pattern I chose, the 3 bobbins of thread, the light green thread for the LA on top, the batting in soft and bright I wanted, as it will someday hang on the wall. It is lovely to just look at. It is also flat as a pancake.

Do you want some fluff to yours or want it to lay flat? If done on a long arm, it will be flat. Pretty, but flat. I kind of miss the fluffy part of mine.

I also want to do smaller ones by myself and not have them done on the LA. Why spend so much money if I do not have to?

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Date: 7/21/12 1:22 PM

Around $100 for a twin and then on up for the larger sizes. This price does includ the batting and thread.

I no longer quilt as I have made so many quilts over the years and still have 15 quilt tops that need quilting. Some of these quilt tops I don't even like anymore. I have decided to leace them for my kids to deal with.

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Date: 7/21/12 1:26 PM

Actually, if you choose to have the stitching spaced wider the price is usually less. And uses less thread. And I believe panto-grams are less expensive than hand guided.

Other than that, I'm not sure. You can find price sheets online; I haven't looked recently, but found some earlier.

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Date: 7/21/12 7:49 PM

My area of US you can figure about $2.00/ sq. foot for panto or programmed quilting. $4.00 - $5.00/sq ft for custom work. Check around because you may be able to rent time on a long arm and do it yourself. It will save you about 50%- if you are relatively speedy as a sewer.

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Date: 7/22/12 1:39 PM

Thank you for the replies.

Pricing by square foot makes sense.

I had no idea that the batting could be included in the cost.

A friend had a long arm machine fro personal use, but sold it about a year ago.

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Date: 7/22/12 9:35 PM

In our area, the basic cost is a penny a square inch. One of the local quilt shops has a long arm they rent for $15/hour. this is after a 2 hour class on the long arm at $15/hour of class time. They told me I could expect to save about 50% if I quilted it myself.

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