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APQS

During your Rental Certification Class you’ll be taught how to use our fabulous APQS machines. We offer both completely free motion machine rentals and computerized rentals using our Intelliquilter computer systems. Plus, you’ll have a Quilt Fairy Expert with you every step of the way cheering you on and making sure all is well. 

Some of our machines use a magnetic system to attach backing fabrics to the poles on our frames. Some of our machines use a snapping system. You’ll be taught and helped to load your quilt back to our frames every time you come to rent. 

We also offer a concierge service if you’d rather have us load your quilt to the frame so it is all set up and ready for you to just come in and start quilting. That service is $25 and you’d need to drop everything off at least 24 hours prior to your rental.

BACKING FABRIC:

1) Prepare Backing Fabric For Loading:

-Make the backing fabric 6″- 8″larger than the quilt top. For example, if your quilt is 50×50, you need a backing at least 56″ x 56″

-Square up backing fabric on all sides. The best way to do this is snip a little cut in the fabric and rip it. That is the best way you know you’ve got the fabric on grain and square.

-Identify which side of your backing is going to be attached to the poles. If your pattern and/or quilt are not directional, it is always preferable to load your quilt longways against the poles to minimize the number of fabric advances you must take while quilting. 

BATTING:

-We sell around 10 different kinds of batting and would prefer you purchase your batting at the shop. There are some battings that are too fragile to use on the frame- Mountain Mist brand, Fairfield brand and the house generic brand at JoAnn’s. You are welcome to bring batting in for your rental but it needs to be good quality to put up with the shifting and straightening we must do on the frame.

-If using packaged batting, remove batting from package and open up, spreading out to remove any deep folds. Lay out on a bed or flat surface overnight to allow folds to relax. Batting may also be placed in dryer with a damp washcloth on low to help remove creases.

-If using packaged batting, cut batting so that it is approximately the same size as your backing fabric-6 inches larger than the quilt top on all sides. Removing any excess batting over the 6 inches on the side edges will allow easier loading with the side clamps. Please note that it’s ok to have excess batting from top to bottom, because the extra can just hang on the bottom when we load it on to the machine frame, and will be trimmed off later.

-If you are going to purchase your batting at the shop when you come in, we sell it off the bolt by the 1/4 yard.

We offer the following batting choices off the roll sold by the 1/4 yard:

Hobbs Heirloom Premium 80/20 Cotton/Poly blend 96″ width

Hobbs Heirloom Premium 80/20 Cotton/Poly blend BLACK  108″ width

Hobbs Heirloom Premium 80/20 Cotton/Poly blend 120″ width

Hobbs 100% Cotton with Scrim 96″ width

Hobbs 100% Poly 108″ width

Hobbs 100% wool 108″ width

Quilter’s Dream 100% Cotton Deluxe Loft 93″ width

Packaged Battings:

Hobbs Tuscany 100% Premium Polyester Crib 45″ x 60″

Hobbs Tuscany 100% Premium Polyester Throw 60″ x 60″

Hobbs Tuscany 100% Premium Polyester Twin 72″ x 96″

Hobbs Tuscany 100% Premium Polyester Full 81″ x 96″

Hobbs Tuscany 100% Premium Polyester Queen 96″ x 108″

Hobbs Tuscany 100% Premium Polyester King 120″ x 120″

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