Quilting basically is a process of placing a layer of batting two pieces of any fabric together and then joining it to another layer of batting and making a warm blanket. Different decorative types of fabrics can be used to make a variety of colorful quilts. Quilting has come a long way since the days of its innovation. From what could take a year to just a few days, Quilting has explored many avenues. The three methods which are usually used for quilting are hand quilting, Longarm quilting and tying.
When it comes to machine quilting, Longarm quilting is considered to be at it’s zenith as it completes a quilt in very less amount of time. In 1872 the U.S. issued its first quilting machine patent and in 1877 J.J. Crall invented a hand-cranked machine that became the prototype for the future Long arm quilting machines. The machine is regularly 10-14 feet in length, consisting of an industrial sewing machine head, a table that is 10-14 feet long, and rollers that hold the fabric layers.
There are three styles of Longarm Quilting. Pantograph designs, custom work and QBOT.
Although Longarm Quilting has several advantages when it was first developed it was not well appreciated. But, as times changed its importance has come to notice and it is looked upon as an art form and not as a process created to deplete hand quilting. Like we know, Longarm Quilting is much faster than hand quilting. Having tops machine quilted saves up a lot of time and the results are beautiful.Artistic designs which cannot be handled manually are very well done by Longarm Quilting. Quilts are regularly used and laundered and to withstand this pressure Longarm Quilting is required as it makes them stronger.
A new-age Longarm Quilting machine must be able to help u with a lot of functions other than stitching. Also, they should be able to carry a variety of weights of fabrics, filings, leather and ticking. For beginners or nontechnical users the understanding of the control panel can be a big hassle. So, one should find a machine which is easy in its operations. Mostly, Longarm Quilting machines can be connected to the computers only through Windows, it is important to check the machine’s rapport to your computer’s operating system. Every modern Longarm Quilting machine should have a range of stitch lengths with a minimum of 3mm. Checking the speed of the machine’s needle is very important. An average range of 1000 to 2000 rpm works with almost all fabrics and styles. Check into the background of the Longarm Quilting machine’s producers so that the life-span of the machine is know before purchasing it.