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What do you pay for long arm quilting?

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Carin posted on Sun, Dec 26 2010 11:54 AM

Hi,

I'm thinking of getting myself a long arm machine.  Would be good to have it turn into a business down the road...  What is the going rate for long arm quilting on various size quilts?

Thanks for your input,

Carin

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Hi Carin,

Charges are based on the amount of thread (density of design or all over edge to edge.etc) used per square inch or a set amount per quilt.  I really depends on your preference, I have seen LAQ's charge as much as 3 cents per inch.  I charge by size.  The research that I did before I bought my longarm machine said that you would have to do 2 quilts per week for 2 years to recoup the cost of your machine.  I am still recouping because that calculation did not include the learning curve.  First you really need to learn as much as you can that means you probably won't do 2 quilts a week. 

I hope this helps!

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