Machine quilting has come a long way since the days when it was attempted on standard domestic and industrial sewing machines. The process of moving three layers of fabric through a stationary machine is laborious and cumbersome.
Those days came to an end in 1980 when company founder Ken Gammill decided there must be an easier and more efficient way to machine quilt. His revolutionary idea was to move the sewing machine instead of the fabric.
Never before had anyone set out to develop a large-throat sewing machine on tracks which could be operated from both sides, moved in any direction, on a specially-designed stand that enabled pantograph patterns to be traced directly onto fabric – making it possible to complete a quilt or bedspread in a matter of hours rather than days. But how is the fabric held together and advanced?
The original two-control, hand-guided quilting machine, Gammill Quilting Systems use a series of fabric-handling rollers to join the backing of the quilt (lining), batting and top fabric over a 12- or 14-foot stand on which the sewing mechanism freely moves. Once the exposed fabric surface is quilted (up to 28 square feet per pass on our largest model), the three layers of fabric are simultaneously advanced to display the next area to be quilted. It’s that simple.
But it doesn’t stop there. Throughout the history of Gammill Quilting Machine Company, we’ve continually improved the process – creating new models and sizes for different quilting needs, adding stitch regulation (a significant advance in machine quilting), and developing new features and tools to give wings to the longarm quilter’s creativity. Most recently, with the availability of Statler automation, the possibilities are unlimited!
Perhaps even more important, we’ve continued to seek out and employ the finest mechanical and electrical parts available to ensure quality and dependability that are second to none. Because, all the “bells and whistles” don’t mean a thing if your machine isn’t running smoothly and making beautiful stitches – no matter what style quilting you do.
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Featured quilt by Georgia Stull