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Is Longarming Still a Viable Biz Option

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I will be retiring in a few years and would love to have a long arm business to make some extra money.  However, I have to wonder if it is still a good option due to all the cheaper frame systems sold to hobbyists.  This would only be a part time business but I would need it to generate some profit.  Thoughts?

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Humble opinion, but there are quilters who like to piece, there are quilters who like to quilt and there are the ones who like the complete process.  Before I committed to buying mine, I spoke with a couple quilt store owners and with a couple long armers in the area.   They said there was plenty of work in our area.

 

 

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I have had a profitable longarm business for 10 years.  There are many benefits to having a business - a lot of expenses that you would have had any way due to quilting being your hobby, will now become business expenses, offsetting your income. I agree that there is lots of business out there, especially for people that do quality work with a reasonable turn around.  Good luck!


Julia Graves

Special Occasion Quilts, LLC

Lusby, Maryland

410-326-3043

http://soquilts.com

juliagraves82@gmail.com

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I will just add, quilting is very rewarding because you become a part of the history of that quilt. You may be the only person who knows that, but to me that was very rewarding. It is hard work, and to be honest, you will need to set aside time for family. But you should do that anyway. It may take a little time to build your business, and you will need sell yourself, but there is plenty of business out there.


Mary Beth 

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Future winner of the Millie Sweepstakes

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No it is not bad that you want a millie. Reach for the stars!  Mary Beth's comment about setting time for your family is correct. More than likely you will have Millie in your home. A home business is hard to walk away from at 5:00.  Best of luck. I certainly admire you. 


Judy Day

Love My Georgia  (aka George)

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Both my children are grown and my oldest is married and out of the house.  The youngest is almost through college.  My daughter shares many of my interests so I am predicting she will eventually get sucked into the longarm world.  How long have you  had your George?

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I am a bit late in responding to this question so I hope you are still looking at messages.

 

I have a longarm business and have had my longarm for 12 years.  Over the last year or so, I see more and more of my customers buying machines to do their own quilts.  I still have enough business to pay my bills but could be busier.

 

Personally I would be cautious in looking at your area right now.  Join several quilt guilds and see how many of the quilts shown at show n tell and at quilt shows are done by the piecer and how many are done by quilters.  Try to talk to some of the longarmers in your area to see how busy they are.  The girls that do the fancy custom quilts for hundreds of dollars have long waiting lists.  I can't afford to do those quilts and make most of my money doing some light custom and edge to edges. 

Three years ago I purchased the Intelliquilter robotic system and have been extremely happy with it and my customers appreciate getting those designs without an additional charge.

If you can, see if there is a rental longarm system in your area before purchasing it so you can make sure you like it.

Best wishes,

Charlene

 

 

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Yes, I am still looking at messages.  :-)  It is a concern because the longarmers here (except for one) only have a two week turn around.  I don't need to make enough money to live on -- just enough to supplement the pension I will be receiving as  I would like to wait a bit to draw social security.  There are two rental places within driving distance, so I plan to visit both.  My retirement is in four years and 7 months, but if I get a machine, would get one in about two years so I have enough time to practice.  

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Sorry im just now replying. I have had my George since september 2015. I have probably done 4 quilts and about 4 wall hangings or baby quilts.   I like to sew ,knit and read so some days i dont get around to quilting. Not many weeks go by though. 20151017_132902.jpg.b578038cdea8a8162f81f4c690c29df8.jpg20150922_162731.jpg.2fc1094c253de57332e25d884b2a9cc1.jpg


Judy Day

Love My Georgia  (aka George)

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