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    Default Does anyone rent time on your long arm???

    Just wondering if that is something to consider when I get a machine hopefully next year. Very few long arm's around here. None for rent within miles.

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    I was hoping I could lease mine but it hasn't transpired. I haven't pushed real hard though. Some people voiced an interest but when it came down to it they just didn't sign up. I don't really want to quilt for others so I thought this would be a nice compromise for when I'm not using the machine. Guess not :-) fortunately I wasn't really counting on that for extra money. In this area there was a girl that quilted for others and the town is very cliquish, they tend not to like "a new kid on the block". In the beginning some actually would come up to me and "announce" I'll only use "Susey" (or whatever her name was) and walk away. I just ignored it and did my own thing. My craft fair items have sold better each year and I'm happy with that.

    You may do well with it, this is the first town I've lived in that was like this so I doubt it's like that everywhere :-). You may want to have at least one class that they have to take before being able to rent yours. You don't want to spend a lot of time having to fix things on your machine when beginners make mistakes and things like your timing goes off etc. I'd be happy to send you a copy of what I had written up for requirements, rent times, pricing etc. I had looked around on the Internet and pulled out the things that I thought were best to include but look around and see how you'd like to work it.

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    Default Re: Does anyone rent time on your long arm???

    So sorry to hear about your situation. Would appreciate any information. Maybe in due time something will work out.

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    Default Re: Does anyone rent time on your long arm???

    I would have to know the person and whether they were a responsible type. Remember, these machines can be expensive to repair. Plus, you might have people there at odd times interfering with family time.
    Vonnie

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    Default Re: Does anyone rent time on your long arm???

    IMHO letting people rent or use something so expensive is just a headache waiting to happen especially if itís in your home (a business is a different). I can just see someone damaging it, or getting hurt in your home and then suing you, wanting to bring their friends, family or pets with them, you wouldnít happen to have something to drink would you, I forgot to bring something to drink. Oh you donít mind if I come back tomorrow do you, I just canít get this finished and then 2 weeks later itís still there. I donít know what it is about people today, but they seem to lack an awareness of the world and others around them. Iím not saying this is how everyone is, Iím saying that itís far more common than not, manners seem to have gone the way of the dinosaurs. I would write down a list of the pros and cons before proceeding and check with your homeowners insurance.

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    Default Re: Does anyone rent time on your long arm???

    No. No one touches her but me. I have only had mine since Christmas... I don't share well with others. I already had to take it in once and it's no fun. Just transporting to the mechanic made me a nervous wreck. Mine has a room of her own and no one is allowed in there unless by invitation, with an escort... me or my hubs.

    I don't even share my Janome Sewing machine. LOL..

    I believe at one time, M* considered getting a couple long arms to rent to customers, if I remember right, Al said they didn't because of the Insurance issues with it.
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    Default Re: Does anyone rent time on your long arm???

    While I have rented time on one (at a shop that had 3 for rent) once because I needed a longer frame, I have never entertained the thought of renting mine. I would rather make t shirt quilts (start to finish) or quilt (E2E only) for others, if I decided I need to make money from it. I have quilted a few for friends and have done many charity quilts for my guild. Each time I quilt a charity quilt for the guild, I am reminded of why I may not want to quilt other's quilts. Sometimes the quality is not there. If it were a client, you would need to be very diplomatic about the issues.

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    Default Re: Does anyone rent time on your long arm???

    There are a couple of things that I would suggest that you check into before you consider renting out to anyone. The first would be your home owner's insurance as you would have clients in your home which could affect your insurance rates. Another thing to check would be any warranty that you have on the machine - if using it as a business of other people running it, this could void any warranty that you have. Finally, I'm not sure how much you are planning on renting it out, but check with your tax person to see how it could affect your taxes and what kinds of deductions would be available for having it as a business.

    I would be very hesitant to let someone use the machine do to the expense of breaking the machine - who would pay for the repairs and parts. If one would choose to let others use their machine, it would be with complete training and signing a legal document that states you are not responsible for accident, injury, etc and they would pay for any repairs.

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    Default Re: Does anyone rent time on your long arm???

    I don't have one, but if I did, I would not rent it out. I rent one from the LQS. Before you can rent on a daily basis, you must take a 1/2 day of training. Then you must book your day. It is for the time the shop is open, so average 9-5. She and other employees are on hand to help with how to load and instructions. Troubleshooting. She doesn't always have time to clean tracks and bobbin area, which I have a habit of doing. She says she wishes more people would treat it like it was their own machine. There are a few people that she just can't find a date for them to rent it, as they are careless. It is an expensive piece of equipment.

    I have a sit down, and there is maybe one friend that I would allow to use, as I know she is careful and follows directions well.

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    Default Re: Does anyone rent time on your long arm???

    I have a new friend that just moved here and brought here LA with her. She had a quilt business in Texas and is set up here with a wonderful studio, including the top end Gammill.

    Long story short- I and a couple others have been offered rental time on her longarm. The cost for rental is extremely low (IMO) and once I "learned" the machine I could quilt for about half price of what it costs for someone else, including her, to do it. Well, as much as I'm tempted, I just can't bring myself to take her up on her offer.

    A sewing machine is a tool. I don't loan or rent out my tools. There is no economy in that. I want to get 100% out of my investment and that won't happen if others use them, for free or rent. Lots of good points here on why not to do it. Don't do it.

    Want to maximize your investment? Keep it in good condition and sell it when you're done. These things hold their value very well.
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