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  • Examine your seams:  Try to do an inspection of your top to make sure all the seams are sewn together. Seams that are not completely sewn together can get caught in the hopping foot and cause damage to the quilt top.

  • No Embellishments:  Quilt top should be free of embellishments such as buttons, charms, pins, sequins, couching, etc. Those should be added AFTER the top is quilted.

  • Mark Directional Fabric:  If you have a directional top or backing, please mark it with a note and safety pin to indicate “TOP?

  • No Basting:  Do not pin or baste your top, batting and backing layers together. They go onto the longarm machine as separate items.

  • Stay Stitch the Outer Edge:  For best results on a pieced border - stay stitch 1/4 inch from the outer edge of your quilt top. This helps keep the border pieces sewn together as the quilt is being quilted.

  • Please press your quilt top.


  • Fabric Choices:  Knits or other stretchy fabbrics, painted fabrics and upholstery weight fabrics are not acceptable choices for backing on a longarm machine. I no longer quilt on minky. I recommend 100% cotton for your backing.

  • Size:  Quilt backs should be 3" larger on all four sides - than your quilt top.
    If your quilt is 40 inches wide by 40 inches long - your backing would be 46" x 46".

  • Seams:  When sewing your backing fabric together - it's best to use a half inch seam allowance and then iron the seams open. This will make your seams lay flat when quilted.