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Humm, what do you do when your friend calls and says she has a quilt that she sold and wants to have it quilted quickly? A friend of mine has been making quilts and quilting them by hand. she just sold a quilt to one of her friends at work but it isn't quilted. she wanted to know if I would do it on my longarm or if she could use the machine herself for a few hours a day during the week. This could get interesting. She has never done machine quilting which alot of us know is a whole new world. I think I will show her the basics and she how she feels about it and I'll offer to throw in the feather quilting just for my practice.

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Comment by Judith Cogswell on April 14, 2010 at 3:15pm
I used to do wallpaper hanging for a business and had friends who would ask me to just show them how to do it and I would of course end up doing it myself. My recommendation is not to lend your long arm to friends. It is your machine. I do not loan any of my machines to anyone. I'm not a lender or borrower. I am a generous person but not with my precious machines.
Comment by Terry F on April 14, 2010 at 1:28pm
Hi Kathy, you've gotten a lot of good advice here. I watch you carefully as you are the one (I think) with the Pfaff set up like mine. I still feel intimidated by mine. You must be moving along very well on yours? Let us know how this goes.
Comment by Lynne on April 14, 2010 at 8:40am
Kathy,, I have a friend that purchased a LA with the intent to rent it out. Customers who want to quilt on the machine, pay a fee first, for a full day of instruction, then also pay a fee to use the machine, while she is in the room. She also charges for thread, as she likes to use only one brand with her LA. Hope this helps some. Just my 2 cents worth.
Comment by Stephanie G. Benson-Greer on April 14, 2010 at 8:18am
I agree, charge her for quilting it yourself and when you are not in a rush, if she is still interested, offer to show her how to use it and let her work on something that is not being sold right away. I have a friend with a longarm and I am just beginning to use it. It is not as easy as the "pros" make it look!
Comment by Sharon Reeves on April 14, 2010 at 7:31am
I certainly agree with all the others. If something should go wrong on the machine when she was working on it, you'd have to bear the expense of having it fixed. If she is a true friend, she won't mind paying you for quilting her quilt. Good Luck.
Comment by J.S. on April 14, 2010 at 7:09am
This could become a habit and once it's started, you're not going to be able to stop without a lot of hard feelings. I don't let other people use my machines unless it's a good friend and we're sewing together and I don't even have a LA. This friend of yours is being paid for this quilt so maybe she should invest in one. I used to make bridal veils and all the accessories for a shop and some people expected me to make things for them free. One even thought I'd make a hat for her friend and when I told her how much, she looked shocked. Needless to say, she never bothered me again. The older I get, I figure it's better that the other person is mad rather than me. I used to never be able to say no, and people ran over me all the time but I finally learned how to say it and am much happier now.
Comment by Debbie Snyder/WA on April 14, 2010 at 6:39am
I think you said the secret word. "Customer". I for one would not let anyone use my LA, if I had one, without a lot of knowledge and skills. You could make a big deal and act all excited about her being your first customer. Hand her a price sheet for your quilting time and other charges and again let her know how happy you are that your first customers is a good friend. "My family calls this, playing blonde". (sorry, with boys you get this kinds of stuff) In otherwords, act like you never thought for one second that she wasn't going to be a paying cutomers. Good luck in whatever you do. You know you can't give into her....or...this will happen again and again and again.
Comment by B J Elder/WA on April 14, 2010 at 6:12am
Lots of good advice here. I agree you need to be compensated for the LA, especially since the quilt that needs to be done is one that is being sold. If your friend gets upset that it won't be done for free then you need to re-evaluate the friendship, as friends don't take advantage of friends. I hope it works out to benefit everyone involved.
Comment by Pam/NY on April 14, 2010 at 6:00am
I think, unless you own the machine, you have no idea of all it's glitches...save your friendship and have a rule...no one touches my toys!!! I always charged friends and family for items when I was in the business, at a discounted rate. It covered the wear and tear on the machine.
Comment by nanci on April 14, 2010 at 5:59am
being totally new here, I just can't imagine that anyone would want to use a long arm without lots of practice. I've seen the one at the quilt shop and it is pretty intimidating. I have a Janome 6600 and do all my quilting on that....till I think I'd like a long arm. I think you should charge her, no matter if it's just for the thread used.

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