9 questions to ask before buying a longarm!

9 questions to ask before buying a longarm!

5th Jul 2024

Welcome back!

Well, I made it through my jam-packed June schedule. Hope all of you are doing well and enjoying your summer! Before you know it, we’ll be thinking of cool weather and indoor activities … like quilting.

I’ve talked with many of you who are contemplating investing in a longarm. No denying, it is an investment. I hope the last post on the benefits of longarm quilting helped. In this post, I’ll get even more specific. We’ll look at the most important things to consider before buying.  Stick around for the end of the blog for the monthly special and floor model sale!

What to Consider When Buying a Longarm Quilting Machine

1. Why are you buying a longarm?

This may not be the first question that comes to your mind, but your answers need to support your buying decisions.

Consider:

  • Are you planning to limit your quilting to your own quilts? Maybe you’ll quilt a few additional projects for friends and family?
  • Do you want to run a longarm quilting business? If so, what type of services do you want to offer?

If you see yourself as a start-to-finish quilter who enjoys the complete quilting process, you may not create the volume of quilts needed to require a top-of-the-line machine.

But if you see yourself as a longarm quilter who wants to focus on the actual quilting process, a larger, more heavy-duty machine may be your best option.

2. What is your budget?

Like I said, this is an investment. Do you know how much you have available to spend?

If price is an obstacle, consider starting:

  • with a used machine. This will reduce your initial cash layout and give you some experience before upgrading. (See The Quilting Connection’s website for used machine opportunities!)
  • with a smaller machine and then upgrading in two or three years. (We DO take trade-ins!)
  • as a free-motion or pantograph quilter and then adding the computer system later.

One additional note: If you must finance part or all of your purchase, be sure to include that fee in your budget. And ask what financing options are available when you’re ready to buy!

3. How much floor space do you have available?

Longarm quilting machines often sit on 8’, 10’ or 12’ frames. Not only do you need space for the frame itself, but you also need space to walk around it.

There are additional options, however.

If you’re really limited in space, there are stationary longarm options. One example is the Handi Quilter Amara 20 ST. This machine has a 20” throat space, but it sits on a table. You move the fabric.