In our studio we offer the Millie, Freddie, Lucy and Lenni available for rental as well as the George sit down model. The George does not require a certification class.
To rent an APQS machine, you’ll first need to take the certification course. In the class you’ll learn how to load a quilt on the long arm frame, adjust your tension, and do basic manual free motion meandering. Included in the class is your first rental session so bring a small quilt – no more than 55″x55″ to work on. There is enough time in class for you to quilt a small baby or a lap-sized quilt. Please don’t bring a quilt top to work on that you have an attachment to. You are learning to use a longarm so bring something that you can make loads of mistakes on.
In class we’ll show you how to use our zipper system to cut down on the amount of time it takes to load your quilt top, which will dramatically decrease the amount of time you use loading your quilts to the frame.
For the class you’ll need backing fabric and batting that is at least 6″ bigger than your quilt top on all four sides. Keep in mind that I do sell fabrics and batting if you would like to get it here. There are some battings that are too fragile to use and will drastically reduce your success and happiness with the final product. For this reason, please do not bring Fairfield brand, Mountain Mist brand, JoAnn house brand or Hancock house brand. Most any other brand works great. I carry two brands of battings: Hobbs and Warm & Natural that you can purchase. Do NOT baste your quilt. Bring your quilt top, backing and batting in three separate layers as each layer (top, batting, back) is mounted to its own pole.
Once you complete the course, you are certified to rent our machines by the hour. Please schedule your first rental within 3 to 4 weeks of your certification class so you can be sure you do not forget all you learn in class. With the purchase of your certification class, you will also receive your own set of zippers, bobbin case and bobbins.