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Longarming #19 - Is Your Quilt The Hairy Beast?
This is one of the newsletters in a series of almost thirty on "Getting The Most Out Of Your Longarming Dollar." That was the title of one of Ruth's talks at Shipshewana's Schoolhouse training sessions during their Quiltfest.
The purposes of those talks and these newsletters are to:
  • Allow you to get the best longarm quilting results;
  • Have you end up with a work of art of which you are proud;
  • Anticipate the needs of your longarmer because that impacts the cost; and,
  • Make the longarming process easier on your longarmer so that they may focus on the quality of their craftsmanship.
Prior emails in this series can be found on our web-site: on the tab newsletters.
Is Your Quilt The Hairy Beast?

Every once in a while when we open up a bag with a quilt in it, it seems like we are pulling the family pet out of the bag. [If you've lost your family pet, please do not call, the aforementioned was a simile.]

Pet hairs and loose threads are no fun in our studio.

We take pride in our work. Stray pet hairs, threads and lint show through to the top or back in many cases and must be removed. Not only that, those hairs and threads get in the studio and we have to clean them up there, as well, or other customer quilts will become infected, so to speak.

Additionally, excessive lint means that we have to clean the longarms more often.
Things You Can Do

Go to your quilt shop or Joann's and get a lint remover and remove those pesky pet hairs. Take care removing loose threads so that you don't undo or weaken any seams.
Another way is the way that we do it. We do a ton of shipping. We have a ton of shipping / packing / strapping tape. It is the wide tape on a roller. We take out strips, fold them in half, and pick up the hairs, threads, lint, and anything else that has stuck to the quilt top, backing, or batting. We find this method to be more accurate in small spaces and corners.

Either way done well will do the job.


In many shops you can expect to be charged for excessive lint. So take care of it before your take it in or mail it in.
May The Lord Richly Bless You!
Rick & Ruth Grihalva
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