Taught on most Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays
To rent an APQS machine, you’ll first need to take the certification course. The certification class is about 4 hours long and costs $130. 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 – 55″x55″ or smaller – to work on. There is enough time in class for you to quilt a small baby quilt, or one 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. The perfect quilt to work on during this class is one the dog will look great sitting on. 🙂 Also, most people bring a sack lunch and pop it into our fridge. We have a microwave too if you’d like to use it.
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. You can also purchase a set of zippers yourself so you can attach your quilt back to the zippers at home, which will dramatically decrease the amount of time you use loading your quilts to the frame. Click here for instructions on how to prepare your quilt for rental with the zipper system.
For the class you’ll need backing fabric that is at least 6″ bigger than your quilt top and batting that is at least 6″ bigger than your quilt top. Keep in mind that we have over 100 bolts of 108″ wide backing fabrics.
We also sell batting. There are some battings that are simply too fragile to use on the frame and will drastically reduce your success and happiness with the final product. For this reason, please do not bring Fairfield brand or Mountain Mist brand or the JoAnne’s house generic brand. Most any other brand works great. I carry two brands of battings: Hobbs and Quilters Dream that you can purchase. Do NOT baste your quilt. Bring it in three separate layers as each element (top, batting, back) has to be 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 weeks of your certification class so you can be sure you don’t forget all you learn in class. Remedial help is available for $20/hr.