What is a longarm quilt machine?


Quick Answer

A longarm quilt machine sews a quilt top, batting and backing fabric together. It includes a movable, industrial-length sewing machine head, a frame, and rollers to hold the three layers of material that are being stitched together.

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Traditional sewing machines require the machine to be stationary while the fabric is moved through it. When using a longarm quilt machine, the fabric is held in place while the sewing machine head, mounted on a track and wheels, moves over the surface of the quilt.

Longarm quilting is much faster than hand quilting and does not require basting. The large machines are expensive, but some shops offer rentals, and many individuals offer longarm quilting services out of their homes and studios.

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