Preparing your Quilt for the Longarm Machine

Quilt Top:

Make sure all of your seams are secure, 

Press your quilt back and front flattening the seams,

Make sure all of your threads are trimmed, as they may show thru the quilt top.

Make sure all pins are removed, do not add any buttons, etc, until we return your finished quilt.

You may add a safety pin to mark the top of the quilt, if you want us to know where the top is.

Try to make sure your quilt top is square during the piecing process.


Must add 8 inches to length and 8 inches to width, this is equal to 4” on each of the 4 sides of your backing.  

If you need to seam the backing, Make sure the selvage is removed before seaming the backing together, because the selvage could pucker the quilt when it's washed.  

For the backing, Try to sew with  a 5/8 inch seam for strength.


Batting is the same size as the backing, that is 8 inches longer and 8 inches wider than the quilt top or 4” on each of the 4 sides.


Batting is best bought in one large piece,

but Batting may be pieced together very carefully, using fusible tape sold for that purpose.  Do not stretch or overlap pieces. 

Use 100% cotton or

80/20 cotton/polyester is good also,

BUT 100 % polyester may not long arm well.