Books and Articles

Professional Machine Quilting Revised. Written by a successful longarm quilting business owner, the book covers what to expect for income and expenses; scheduling and workload; what you’ll need to do to start the business; managing finances and setting prices; marketing and working with clients. The information is realistic, practical, and easy to follow.

Important Note: Don’t order the Kindle edition of this book; order the paperback instead. The book has several useful tables that Kindle can’t translate correctly. Some of the negative reviews note this issue, but the fault is with Kindle, not with the author. Order the paperback book and you will have access to the book’s full content.

For a detailed, realistic guide to purchasing a longarm sewing machine for personal or business use, read Longing for a Longarm. Includes an extensive list of resources.

Helpful tips are presented this introductory article to buying a longarm quilting machine.

A rough guide to determining how long it will take to pay off your investment in a longarm quilting system is presented in a brief article from the manufacturer APQS. Other manufacturers may also provide articles or blog posts on their websites about running a longarm quilting business.

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Classes and Webinars

The manufacturer Handi Quilter sponsored this useful 2014 webinar: How To Start A Longarm Business with celebrity quilter Angela Walters. (Scroll down to see the 2014 archives.)

To improve your longarm and machine quilting skills or to learn new techniques, explore the low-cost, online classes at sites such as Craftsy and Creativebug.

Design Software and Quilting Supplies

The Quilter's Creative Design software offers extensive tools for creating and printing quilting designs and pantographs (including text in a variety of fonts).

You may not have thought of Amazon as a source for longarm supplies, but you can often find longarm quilting machines, accessories, quilting thread, and related supplies on the site.

Trade Associations, Conferences, and Groups

International Machine Quilters Association: Worldwide trade association. A quarterly business magazine, online business listing, and discount programs are among the member benefits. Similar groups are the Canadian Quilters Association and the Australian Machine Quilting Association.

Machine Quilting Professionals group on provides a discussion forum for new and established long arm quilting business owners.

To find a group or conference in your area, run an online search using the terms “machine quilters group” or “machine quilting conference.”