I’m Renting a Long Arm Machine!

I’m renting a long arm quilting machine this month! I can hardly wait. First comes the workshop to learn how to use the machine. Then I have rental time booked, when I will be quilting the quilt I made last year for the trailer. Here is a picture of the top. You can hardly see my mistakes from this distance.

Why am I so excited? Well, partly because I really want to have the new quilt finished and in the trailer for us to use this year. But mostly because this is research for my new book!

In my new book, Elsie has been scrimping and saving to start her dream quilting business. Although she is an accomplished sewist and quilter, she has done all of her sewing with a domestic sewing machine and by hand. She needs to learn about long arm quilting machines so she knows what to buy for her new studio. She also needs to learn how to use one – and then get good enough to offer custom quilting to her potential customers.

So much to learn! What do you think I should be watching out for? What can you tell me about your experiences with a long arm? Please put it in the comments below this post.

Can you believe that a NEW long arm machine with bells and whistles is about the same price as a car? Wow. Elsie needs a second job. She goes to work for a quilt shop that offers long arm machine rentals. Elsie is a straight shooter, so she tells her new boss Joan what she’s up to.

Joan agrees to help Elsie in her quest to become self employed, if Elsie agrees to put her quilting and sewing skills to work. She puts Elsie to work in the store, and sets her up to teach sewing and quilting classes in the back of the store.

I’ll post an excerpt from the book soon. I’m still working on the story line and characters. And the research. Speaking of research, I think I need to buy more fabric. In fact, I’m pretty sure I need more fabric. Catch you later!

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