Loading a quilt on your longarm quilting machine

June 6, 2023

When it comes to loading a quilt on your longarm quilting machine, there are several different approaches you can choose from. Here’s the best part: there’s no one-size-fits-all “right” way to do it! Whether you like a partial float, a full float or fully attachments, it’s really up to you!

We’ve pulled together some of our most popular blog posts about loading a quilt below. Take a look and let us know what method you prefer.

How to load a quilt – three basic methods [part 1]

Our first resource focuses on three fundamental quilt loading methods that serve as great starting points for your quilting journey. We cover popular techniques such as the partial float, full float and full attachment methods, providing step-by-step instructions and helpful tips for each of these approaches. No matter your preference, we’ve got you covered with detailed guidance and insights to get you started on the right foot. Click here to read more.

Loading a quilt on your longarm quilting machine - a quilt top loaded onto an APQS machine

How to load a quilt [part 2]

Building on the foundation laid in Part 1, our second blog post dives deeper into the art of quilt loading. We share insider secrets and provide a comprehensive step-by-step guide to achieving impeccable results. From making precise tension adjustments to employing effective basting techniques, we’ve got you covered. Whether you’re aiming for smooth stitches or even tension throughout your quilt, this resource is designed to equip you with the knowledge and skills to take your longarm quilting to new heights. Click here to read more.

Loading a quilt on your longarm quilting machine - attaching the backing fabric on a quilt

How to lad a quilt by “full floating” your quilt top

Our last blog post focuses on the technique of “fully floating” your quilt top, a method that allows for ultimate control and precision during longarm quilting. Discover the step-by-step process of fully floating your quilt, ensuring even tension, smooth stitches and superior quilting. With detailed instructions and invaluable tips, you’ll be able to achieve professional-grade results that showcase your quilting artistry. Click here to read more.

Loading a quilt on your longarm quilting machine - rolling the backing fabric up on to the quilt backing roller

At APQS, we are dedicated to providing resources and support to quilters of all skill levels. The blog section on our website contains valuable information, covering various aspects of longarm quilting, techniques, troubleshooting and much more.

Happy quilting!