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Handi Quilter Rental Program


Tired of wrestling with big quilts on your home machine? Tired of quilting by check? Finish your own quilts easily and quickly by renting time on a longarm at Capital Quilts! Prior to renting any machine, you’ll need to take a class on the use of the machine.

 

REQUIRED CLASSES BEFORE RENTING

  • Avante and Fusion: GETTING STARTED: THE HANDI QUILTER LONGARM MACHINE
Learn the ins and outs of the longarm machine and the frame, how to set up for quilting a quilt, what proper tension is, and some basic quilting designs.

  • Sweet Sixteen: GETTING STARTED: THE HANDI QUILTER SWEET SIXTEEN MACHINE
Using this sit-down quilting machine feels a lot like using your home sewing machine.  Learn how to thread it, wind and load a bobbin, establish good tension, bring up the bobbin thread, anchor and tie off, use the TruStitch stitch regulator, and do some basic designs.

  • Simply Sixteen: GETTING STARTED: THE HANDI QUILTER SIMPLY SIXTEEN
This small longarm has built-in stitch regulation.  Learn how to load your quilt on the frame, thread the machine, wind and load a bobbin, establish good tension, bring up the bobbin thread, anchor and tie off threads, and do a little stitching.

  • ProStitcher: GETTING STARTED: THE BASICS OF PROSTITCHER
Review the structure, functions, and buttons of ProStitcher.  Learn how to do a basic edge-to-edge design.  Students must bring their own laptop that is able to download the simulator used during the class.

 

REFRESHER COURSE

If you haven't rented within six months of taking the GETTING STARTED class or of your last rental, you must either retake the class or take a private 1-hour refresher course before renting again.

Fee for 1-hour refresher: $55



RENTALS

The Avante, Fusion, Simply Sixteen, and Sweet Sixteen are available to rent. Rentals are by appointment.

Fee: $20/ hour, 2 hour minimum


If you are not sure how many hours it will take to do your quilting, please ask one of our quilting professionals at the shop.

Any changes to the booking, such as adding to or reducing the number of hours purchased, must be made at least 48 hours prior to the scheduled session. This gives the shop time to change the calendar and contact another potential renter, if appropriate. Changes made within less than 48 hours of the rental session will be charged a $20 change fee.

If you are renting a machine for the first time, a staff member, whom we’ll call the “Mentor”, will stay with you to assist you at no cost. If the Mentor determines that you will need assistance during your second rental, a Mentor will stay with you, again at no cost to you. After two sessions, if mentoring is necessary, a mentoring fee of $25 per hour will be charged.

A Quilting Kit will be provided to you for use during your rental. We will ask you to verify that all items are in the kit at the beginning of your rental and initial a form. At the end of your rental, please return the kit; a staffer will review the contents of the kit with you and ask that you initial the form again.

The Quilting Kit contains a small screw driver for adjusting the tension, snips and a Zinger, a horizontal spool pin, an allen wrench for adjusting the needles and quilting feet, and five feet: open toe, Glide, and three Echo feet.

Capital Quilts includes Omni thread in the rental fee. Use of a brand of thread not sold by Capital Quilts must be approved by Capital Quilts. The amount of the rental fee will not be reduced if you do not use our thread.

Groovy boards are available for the Avante and Fusion. If you want a Groovy Board not owned by Capital Quilts, you must request the purchase of the boards at least two weeks prior to the rental session to allow time for purchase and delivery. We reserve the right to not purchase the boards for shop ownership. You may pay for and keep the boards for your own.

Cancellation:  If you need to cancel your rental session, or reschedule for another day, 7 days notice is required.  Cancellations that meet this criteria will have a refund issued in the form of a store credit.

 

VALET SERVICE

Fee: $30

Just want to come in and quilt? Let us wind your bobbins for you, load the quilt on the frame, establish proper tension, and thread the machine. Call the shop to make an appointment!

Your Responsibility: You must square-up and press your quilt top and backing. The top, backing, batting, leaders, pins, and empty bobbins must be delivered to the shop at least 24 hours prior to your rental session. Use of a brand of thread not sold by Capital Quilts must be approved by Capital Quilts.

We reserve the right to decline any improperly prepared quilt.

 

HELPFUL LINKS:
Video on how to load a quilt on the Handi Quilter frame
Handi Quilter Avante User Manual
Other Handi Quilter Webinars

HOURS

  • Daily 10 AM - 6 PM
  • Fridays until 9 PM
  • Sundays 12 PM - 5 PM
  • *Also open until 9 PM when evening classes are in session -- call to confirm

CONTACT US

  • Telp: 301-527-0598
  • 15926 Luanne Drive
  • Gaithersburg, MD 20877

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