Many people have asked what type of machine I use. My longarm quilting machine is an oversized machine head on a roller system mounted on a 14 foot bed. The three layers of the quilt – top, batting, backing – are attached separately and are then joined on a take-up roller. There is no pin or thread basting necessary – a big time saver.
The machine has a throat space of 22 inches which means the entire width and 22 inches of length are available to be quilted at one time. The machine head is hand-guided over the three layers and sews them together – forming the quilting designs. Hand quilters may take up to several years to complete a quilt. Longarm quilters can complete a quilt in as little as one day (depending on the design). So in addition to the great time savings, there is also the saving of finger tips (from pricking by needles) and prevention of carpal tunnel syndrome and hand injuries.
Also, hand quilters use one thread; machine quilting has two threads per stitch which makes machine quilting much more sturdy.
As a sewer and longarm quilter, I can make a quilt from sewing the top to quilting, adding a hanging sleeve, and binding the edges. I can also suggest several different ideas for quilting designs – whether it is an all over design or custom designs.