Home quilting machines are quickly becoming a market all their own. Think about it – many of your customers have sewing machines and embroidery machines that cost $5,000 – $7,000. Now many manufacturers are offering quilting machines in that price range.
And it is an easy sell. Just do the math. A dedicated quilter makes at least 12 quilts a year – and so do her friends! Machine quilting has become an art form with cottage businesses springing up everywhere. But, in our area, the best are booked up to a year in advance! And, custom quilting can start at 2 1/2 cents an inch. That means that a queen size quilt averages around $250 for just the quilting! It is not a hard sell to convince dedicated quilters to buy their own when many are paying up to $3,000 a year to have their projects machine quilted!
As a company, we are looking at new products that you will need to feed this growing market. Products that were novelties just a few short years ago, are now staples. Here are some related products that I found on our site that you may want to consider…..
Stitch and Ditch Stabilizer
Debbie Field was at our Open House and sold three cases of Stitch and Ditch Stabilizer! I had never even heard of it – but she swears it is the greatest thing since sliced bread and had no trouble convincing our customers. It comes in two different widths – 3″ and 8″ and on rolls that are 70 feet long. You just tear off the length you need.
Item #SDS8 $9.87
Item #SDS3 $7.12
You can mark a quilting pattern on the paper and stitch right through it. It tears away easily and doesn’t leave any of those “whispies” in the seam that we used to have to try to brush out. Or, place it under your piece as a stabilizer for machine embroidery.
You can also use it to stabilize difficult fabrics. Just sandwich vinyl, for instance, between two layers of this product and sew. You can stitch even the slipperiest, stretchiest fabrics quickly and easily! Use it for rolled hems on a serger – no puckers! I can’t wait to try it on the plush backings that are so popular now – this could be just the answer for stitching Minkee!
505 Temporary Adhesive Spray
Many machine quilters are using this spray on their plastic templates to hold them in place while they are machine quilting around the shapes. It is like making a “Post It” note out of your template. You can also use it to hold the Stitch and Ditch in place or baste layers together for quilting. It does not gum up needles or create a gummy residue.
DK5300 Spray and Fix Cleaning Agent
When we get a little carried away with the adhesive spray, the “over spray” may accumulate on hoops, needles, frames, table tops AND the stencils. This product cleans it off quickly and easily. Do NOT use it on fabrics!
Marking Pencil Remover
This is a phosphate based product that quickly and easily removes markings from quilts. This is NOT just for machine quilters. How many times have you had customers ask how to remove pencil marks on quilts that were hand quilted?
Machine Quilting Templates
We also carry a line of quilting templates by Quilters Rule. These templates come in a variety of shapes and sizes. They are all cut from 1/4″ thick acrylic so that they can be used with a hopping foot. Simply place them on the quilt and stitch around them – no marking required.
But, if you want to get fancy, you can use them as the foundation to create your own quilting designs. Turning the heart template 90 degrees, for instance, creates an interlocking heart design that is just beautiful. Draw it on the Stitch and Ditch and quilt away!
All of these templates are etched with centering and registration lines to make your life easier. But, remember, they can be used for marking quilts for hand quilting too. And, many of them could be translated into beautiful appliques.
Fabric GripsIf you do not like using an adhesive spray, just stick some of these sandpaper dots on the back of your templates so they do not slip while marking or sewing. These have been around for years – they are just now more useful than ever!
Retail $2.69 – minimum 6One of the hottest sellers right now is a marking pencil by Bohin. It comes in white – with refills that can be purchased separately in green, yellow, and gray. All marks are water soluble and remove easily. So, if you want to mark your quilts, go for it!
Chalk Mechanical Pencil
Most of these products are cross-over items. They can be used for machine quilting – but have traditional uses as well. Why not stock them, do a demo, and see what the market is in your area? The risk is minimal since they all have a dual purpose anyway. And, before doing that demo – read the packaging! You will be surprised what you learn!