I used a rental longarm through Sparrow Studioz and My Sewing Room here in Calgary. I used a APQS Lucey longarm and loved having the stitch regulator.
The rental program is set up to ensure a good experience for new longarmers. The thread is provided is Fil-Tec Glide and comes with prewound magnetic bobbins. Using the same thread for all renters means that tension doesn't need to be adjusted very often and there are few thread breaks because Glide thread is so strong. Less thread breaking makes longarming way more fun. I ran into a couple trouble spot s on my quilt and the supervisor in the studio was able to get me out them.
Overall I am super happy with the result. There are things I would do differently with my piecing to make my longarming easier... Such as making sure to press seams with flannel open as the big bulky seams were a little rough to go through. And my backing was pretty skippy for loading nicely on the frame. I knew that when I was sewing, but was out of both fabrics that I used on the back.
Since then I have trimmed the quilt and attached the binding to front. Now I just need sometime to attach the back by hand.
Linking up with Lee at Freshly Pieced for WIP Wednesday and Lorna at Sew Fresh Quilts for Let's Bee Social.
Thanks for stopping by to have a look.