June 22nd-24th in Kansas City, MO!
So Much to Learn, See, Do, Try & Buy! The SUGAR Conference is an educational conference, coordinated by the Statler Users Groups And Representatives, specifically dedicated to specialized training and networking opportunities for Statler by Gammill® owners. This year’s attendees will enjoy three days of classes for every level of quilter (beginners to experienced) by professional Statler by Gammill® instructors, a quilt competition specifically for Statler® quilters, as well as a stunning display of machine-quilted quilts and special exhibits, and a vendor mall of quilting-related products. Plus, time to mingle and network with other Statler owners from across the globe, world-class entertainment during the Friday Night Banquet, and exclusive presentations & trunk shows.
Custom Build Your Own Schedule! Nearly 100 to choose from! This is your chance to take all Statler-related classes from many of the world’s top Statler instructors. Classes for every skill level, beginner to advanced. This is your chance to take the latest classes from the ‘best of the best’ on the new CS 7, CreativeStudio®, machine maintenance, quilting with kids, how to manage your quilting business, and more! View the classes now.
Call for Quilts! The 2017 SUGAR Conference is pleased to host a quilt competition just for quilts completed on the Statler by Gammill®. This is a unique opportunity for participants to enjoy a quilt exhibit of computerized machine-quilted quilts. Enter your quilts today! Information available online. Quilt Entry Deadline: May 1st
Interested in a Booth? We still have spots available in the vendor mall for just $250. Register online today.
The SUGAR Conference is Presented by the
Statler Users Groups And Representatives
(a non-profit 501-c3 organization):
With the Generous Support
of GOLD SPONSOR,
Gammill Quilting Systems:
Dear Statler Family,
Unfortunately there is some misinformation being spread right now regarding patterns, encryption and cloud features in CS7.
First of all know that you will be able to use your encrypted patterns just as you can in CS6.
In CS6 if your put the red key or controller number into the Controller Definition field when in SAM mode you can view and use encrypted patterns in SAM mode but cannot sew them out unless you take the file to the stitcher with that red key/controller.
CS7 works much the same way. You enter the red key/controller number when you import. You can then use the patterns in SAM mode but you will not be able to stitch them on any machine but the one they are encrypted to.
There are some new exciting capabilities in CS7 that have opened the doors for us to offer different types of encryption (for you and the pattern designers). We will be sharing more about those opportunities in the near future. But please know that all of your previously purchased encrypted patterns will work just as they always have.
With regards to the cloud features in CS7 they are not enabled in the Demo version of CS. We will share more information about exactly how these exciting new features work in the near future, but please rest assured that all measures have been taken to secure your data should you choose to use the cloud features.
Change is always hard, even when it is a good change. The cloud features in CS7 will allow you better access to your patterns and also provide greater security for the pattern designers. Your patterns are yours and yours alone. Only you will have access to them. We’ve designed these features to enhance your experience with CS.
Many of you already use all sorts of cloud type features in your day to day lives (iCloud, iTunes, Google Drive, Facebook, Dropbox, etc.), you may not even realize all of them. Many of you may already be putting your patterns into a cloud (Carbonite, Barracuda, iDrive, Crashplan, etc.). The Gammill Pattern Cloud is much like these other than it is quilt pattern specific. It is a place to store your patterns where you can easily access them from another location or restore if you have a computer crash. It is a service we are offering to our Statler family for no charge to make your lives easier and to keep CS up to date with the best modern technology has to offer.
Please watch for more information in the next few weeks regarding the cloud features that will be available in CS7 and how they will make your life easier and more fun. We are very excited about these features and can’t wait to share the possibilities with you!
We know you all have been anxiously awaiting the release of CreativeStudio 7.0 this month. Unfortunately, we have had unexpected challenges that mean the software will not be ready this March as previously planned. This new version of software is much different than any previous version of CS with so many new features and improvements. The addition of Pattern Management meant software programming changes on almost every level. Because this has led to unexpected delays we have made the very difficult decision to delay the full release of the software.
The decision to not release in March was not made lightly. But, as a company, we would never want to release a software version that is not completely ready for you. We value you too much as customers. Your time, your quilts and your customers are too important to risk the chance that software might not work just as it should.
Today, we are releasing to you a demo version of the software that can be operated in Stand Alone Mode (SAM). You will be able to operate this on any computer but you will not be able to use it to stitch out on your Statler. We know many of you are excited about CS7 and many have classes scheduled. This demo version will allow you to learn and become familiar with CreativeStudio 7.0. CreativeStudio 7 has so many great new features we are sure you are going to love it. We hope you will enjoy getting to know the software more through this demo version and will be as excited as we are for the full release.
Since the introduction of Windows 10, Gammill has recommended against utilizing Windows 10 with the Statler system. We have supported the use of Windows 10 for use with CreativeStudio in Stand-Alone Mode (SAM), but not when connected to a Stitcher. The reason for these recommendations is based on communications between Windows 10 and various Microsoft servers. Windows 10 added Cortana and other applications within the operating system that continually communicate with various Microsoft servers on the internet. On a SAM system, this communication is not an issue. However, on computers connected to the Stitcher, we have found that this communication can disrupt communications between the PC and the Galil controller. As a result, we have recommended against the use of Windows 10 with a Stitcher. Gammill is not the only industrial user of Windows that has experienced this issue. Many other industrial manufacturers, such as CNC machines, have had similar issues. As a result, Microsoft has released a special industrial version of Windows 10 that eliminates this communication with Microsoft servers. We have tested this new industrial version and found no degradation in communication performance compared to a Windows 8 PC. The changes in communications with their servers also has the side effect of allowing Microsoft to make the version more secure – they tout that this is the most secure version of Windows ever. Therefore, beginning April 3, genuine Gammill computers will have this industrial version of Windows 10 installed. This version of Windows is not available through the regular Windows 10 updates, etc. like the consumer versions of Windows 10. Microsoft requires that the industrial version must be installed directly by an Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) such as Gammill. As a result, the only way to offer an upgrade for existing Gammill computer running Windows 7 or Windows 8 is to send the computer to Gammill to have the industrial Windows 10 installed on site. There is no need to upgrade your Windows 7 or Windows 8 computer to Windows 10. No advantages in function of your machine are gained by the operating system upgrade. Because we know there are some users out there who want the latest regardless, we will offer this service for $199 (the same price as Windows 10 Pro direct from Microsoft). However, we also encourage you to check with your dealer about trading in your existing Gammill computer towards the purchase of a new one, this way you would not be without a computer for the time it would take in shipping and handling.
Computers must be shipped to Gammill headquarters for the installation per the agreement with Microsoft.
To better serve our family of quilters, CreativeStudio 7.0 and future versions of the software will require your Stitcher to be connected to a genuine Gammill computer in order to quilt with the software.
You will still be able to utilize the software in Stand Alone Mode on laptops and other non-genuine computers. You may also continue to use CreativeStudio 6.0 and prior on Statlers connected to non-genuine computers.
There are several reasons for this new requirement.
To give you the best experience possible
The Gammill computer is not like the computer you purchase at a store or online. It has been specifically configured to operate a powerful piece of machinery. A great deal of research and development goes into configuring this computer so that it provides a seamless experience and problem-free operation. The Statler is designed to function as a complete system with the computer being an essential component. In order for your machine to perform optimally and give you the best quilting experience, your Statler should be operated with a genuine computer.
To provide better customer support
Although not recommended, it has been possible to make other “off the shelf” computers work with the Statler. However, time and time again we see extensive problems as a result. Technical support receives a large volume of service calls related to the use of non-genuine computers. Technical support must troubleshoot problems that result from using computers that were not designed to be a part of the Statler system or operate the machine. This change will allow our technical support team to better diagnose issues and serve customers in a timely and efficient manner.
To protect the CreativeStudio software
In the past, Gammill has used a physical red key system to secure the Statler system. Moving forward, advancing technology allows us to secure the system from within the computer and software. Better security for our system and protection of our brands allows us to continue to develop the best software on the market and provide it to our Statler customers free of charge. As an added convenience, because the software will automatically detect if a computer is genuine, you will be able to download CreativeStudio 7.0 directly from the website without a password.
What is a genuine Gammill computer?
A genuine Gammill computer is a computer configured and distributed by Gammill and purchased through a Gammill dealer.
Do I need to verify with Gammill that my computer is genuine?
No, the software will automatically recognize if it is loaded onto a genuine computer. If so, you will be able to connect to your stitcher. If not, you will be able to operate the software in Stand Alone Mode. If the software does not recognize the computer and you believe you have a genuine Gammill computer, please contact technical support for assistance at 800-659-8224 ext. 2.
What if I do not want to purchase a new computer?
You are welcome to continue using CS6 or previous versions of CreativeStudio.
How can I order a new computer?
You may contact your local Gammill dealer to order a computer.
What is the cost of a genuine Gammill computer?
MSRP for a genuine Gammill computer is $1,499. This does not include fees such as shipping and handling. Please contact your local Gammill dealer for an exact price.
What is different about a Gammill computer?
The computer that is used and sold by Gammill is not an “off the shelf” product. It is a computer that has been configured specifically for the Statler to produce the best results possible.
Why does the Gammill computer cost more than an “off the shelf” model?
Many “off the shelf” models are priced very similarly or higher than a Gammill computer. Computers designed to run machinery, such as the Statler, often run thousands of dollars higher than a Gammill computer. Although it is possible to purchase a computer for under $500, this is not the caliber of computer needed to operate an advanced quilting machine. Our engineers work hard to configure a computer that is cost effective and allows your machine to perform optimally.
What are the other system requirements for CS7?
Other system requirements are the same as those for CreativeStudio 6.0: Windows 7 or higher, Ethernet controllers (Mod A & up) only. As Microsoft is no longer supporting XP, the latest libraries are no longer XP compliant and therefore we can no longer support XP. Mod 3s are also not supported (CS 4.2 was the last version to support the Mod 3). This is because the latest Galil libraries would require the Mod 3 to be re-chipped. This would require inefficient code in CS and greatly reduce the performance of your Mod 3 machine.
The Gammill PC must have shipped with Windows 7 or newer. Gammill does not support PCs that have gone through an operating system upgrade, other than returning those PCs back to their original shipped date.
CreativeStudio 7.0 is coming in March 2017! Here are just a few of the amazing new and updated features of the software:
- Circular Array
- Universal Handles
- Continuous Text
- Pattern Management
See these features in action in the videos at gammill.com/creativestudio7
Remember, software upgrades are free for Statler owners!
Classes Now Available for the SUGAR Conference June 22nd-24th in Kansas City, MO
What is the SUGAR Conference? The SUGAR Conference is an educational conference, coordinated by the Statler Users Groups And Representatives, specifically dedicated to specialized training and networking opportunities for Statler by Gammill® owners. The 2017 SUGAR Conference will offer three days of classes for every level of quilter (beginners to experienced) by professional Statler by Gammill instructors, a quilt competition specifically for Statler quilters, as well as a stunning display of machine-quilted quilts and special exhibits, a vendor mall of quilting-related products, and much more. ·
Conference Registration for SUGAR Members opens Feb. 10th at 9 a.m. Central Time·
Conference Registration for Non-SUGAR Members opens March 10th at 9 a.m. Central Time
Classes, Classes, Classes! Nearly 100 to Choose From! This is your chance to take all Statler-related classes from many of the world’s top Statler instructors. We have classes for every skill level, beginner to advanced. This is your chance to take the latest classes from the ‘best of the best’ on the new CS 7, CreativeStudio®, machine maintenance, quilting with kids, how to manage your quilting business, and more! View the classes now.
Enter Your Statler Quilts in the Competition! The 2017 SUGAR Conference is pleased to host a quilt competition just for quilts completed on the Statler by Gammill®. This is a unique opportunity for participants to enjoy a quilt exhibit of computerized machine-quilted quilts. Time to show off your work! We want to see your quilts! Award ribbons will be presented to 1st place in each category courtesy of Heartland Quiltworks, and “Best of Show” will take home a $500 check sponsored by Stitch Happy! Quilt competition information is available online. Enter your quilts today! Quilt Entry Deadline: May 1st
Best Weekend Ever! Time to mingle and network with other Statler owners from across the globe, enjoy world-class entertainment, famous featured artists, fabulous quilt trunk shows, special exhibits, and more! Plan now to have a fantastic three days away! Hear what people have to say about the SUGAR Conference:
“Best money I have spent since purchasing my Statler!” – 2015 conference attendee
Call for Vendors: We still have booth spots available in the vendor mall. 10’x10’ booths are just $250. Register online today. If your company is interested in offering door prizes or a grand prize please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The SUGAR Conference is Presented by the Statler Users Groups And Representatives(a non-profit 501-c3 organization):
With the Generous Support of GOLD SPONSOR, Gammill.
I wanted to share with you how easy it is to use a basic stencil to create new designs! I hope this might encourage you to give your stencils another look. I am going to share with you, one of my favorite designs that I teach in my “Stencil Magic Class.”
The stencil I used is called 4” Scallops, and is available from Quilting Creations International. (www.quiltingcreations.com)
What I love about this stencil is that it is a very traditional design that is meant to be used in a quilt border; but, with a little creativity, it can be used to create more contemporary/modern designs.
You can see that using a sharpie marker, I marked lines on my stencil. This makes it easier to line the stencil up when marking.
The first step was to mark the stencil, as is, as shown below.
After looking at the marked stencil, I realized that by simply flipping the stencil, and marking it again, it created a circle in the center.
After marking to create the center circle, I now had a nice place to add another design element. I chose to add a simple curved diamond in the center.
I then quilted the design, and it looks great just as it was drawn.
After stitching the design, I quickly discovered how easy it would be to now add more quilting to different areas within the design. This creates a more dense quilting design. As you can see below, I chose to add a simple design element to every other row of scallops, and a background fill around the center curved diamond. Wow … as you can see, the design possibilities with this one are endless!
Playing with the first design really got the ideas flowing, so I played a little more. In the next design I decided to mark rows of the stencil design. I added a line between the rows and put the circles in a different position in each row. Before marking the next design, I measured the width of the rows on the stencil and marked corresponding lines on the fabric.
I then marked the scallops creating the off-set circles, and added some different designs to the circles.
Below is the design stitched, with some different variations in the circles. When you look at this design, you can see how easy it would be to add more design elements … to the actual scallops, or the center circles, to create an unlimited number of designs. And just think about how neat it might be to elongate the center circle, to create an entirely different shape in the center to fill.
Oh! And what if the entire design orientation was changed?!?!
I hope I was able to spark your creativity, and have you looking at your stencils in a whole new way!
Happy Quilting …………. Jodi
TLC-Quilting, a Gammill subdealer for Threads Run Thru It, is now open in Middletown, Pennsylvania.
Owner, LuAnn Lighty, and husband, Woody, own the shop that offers Gammill machine sales, training, and service, as well as quilting services and machine rentals.
TLC-Quilting specializes in teaching all quilters from start to finish, no matter their expertise, the art of piecing and finishing their quilts. LuAnn said she wants all quilters to feel comfortable with where they are with quilting and grow to where they want to be.
LuAnn first began quilting in 2011. Thinking ahead to how she would spend retirement, she purchased an embroidery/sewing machine in February 2011. After taking several classes to learn more about sewing and embroidery, she decided to take a quilt piecing class and fell in love with the process. From Oct. 15 to Nov. 29, 2011, she made nine more quilt tops for Christmas presents. After completing the tops she called around to different quilters to have the quilts finished and was disappointed to find there was a two to six month wait. While out shopping for more fabric, the owner of the shop suggested LuAnn rent her machine and quilt the tops herself. LuAnn scheduled three sessions and discovered she loved machine quilting as much as piecing. Since December 2011, LuAnn has been taking every quilting class possible, both piecing and Longarm quilting. With the help of Steve and Lori Clayton at Threads Run Thru It, she made her dream of owning a Gammill a reality and now looks forward to helping others realize their own quilting dreams.
LuAnn and Woody have been married 42 years and have two children Anita (partner Brett) and Adam (wife Tammy); two granddaughters, Stephanie and Layna; and one grandson, Brayden. LuAnn and Woody are also the owners of E.R. Lighty, Co., which specializes in heating, air conditioning, and plumbing since February 1991. In their free time, LuAnn and Woody have a cabin on an island in the middle of the Susquehanna River they enjoy visiting.
by Karen Marchetti
Gammill Quilt Artist
Rocks, Trees, and Snakes – Finding Inspiration in Textures
I am intrigued by texture. Being part of this amazing quilting community, I’m finding more and more that others are too. From fabric to quilting stitches, do you find yourself touching instead of looking – you’ve just got to touch? If you answered yes, you are probably also intrigued by texture.
I tend to look to nature for inspiration — tree bark, rocks, clouds, flower petals, tall grass, and leaves, even mud drying in the sun – all of these make for interesting textures and as a result can become amazing ideas for quilting. If you stitch them large they become all-over patterns, while shrinking them down would make awesome fills. I find myself wandering through home improvement stores — simple items like floor tiles, marble slabs, and wood will spark ideas for the most amazing quilting patterns. But, it doesn’t stop there. Start looking for textures anywhere – an office supply store, your own kitchen! I am constantly looking for patterns and interesting textures. I always have my phone with me to photograph things of interest. I have so many photos that I’ll probably never use but, if maybe one or two of them have a special element that might work, it makes all of them so worthwhile.
What I’m finding out more and more is many people see a photo and can’t quite translate what they see into quilting stitches. With all the technology available, there must be an aid for this translation, right? Yes, there are many photo editing apps available, I tend to mostly use Prisma, Enlight, and PS Express – there are many to choose from, find one that works for you.
In this article I’m going to share some of my photos with you – both as an actual photo as well as an after photo using filters available on the apps. I’m hoping you are amazed by how well the textures translate with use of the filters. I’m going to warn you now; I have a real problem with tree bark.
The first picture is of the glass in my front door – oodles of texture happening here but, for some, it might be difficult to translate the texture. The photo on the right shows a different look by using a filter:
Now that texture has become easily stitchable.
This photo is a close up of outdoor upholstery fabric. I hear many people state they are apprehensive to quilt grid work and/or use rulers because they might have a little imperfection or two. This shows that a grid can still be beautiful even if the stitching is unevenly spaced. Some of these lines are wider than others. Again, the photo on the right is using a filter, which helps to translate the visual perception making it much easier to see the pattern.
Another texture that many are uneasy about is pebbles. Why? Because they feel their circles aren’t perfectly round. Guess what, nature isn’t perfect either! There is absolutely no reason to fret when stitching pebbles. I like when they are all different sizes, it adds visual appeal! Look at this photo of fish tank gravel – essentially pebbles, right? Look what happens when we add a filter – a bunch of tiny misshaped pebbles! Quilt away with your odd little circles – you’re simulating nature!
This photo shows the edges of my sketchbook; on the right the filter is added. This texture is one that I use a lot while quilting. You’ll see in the filtered photo there are open areas as well as shaded areas. Ruler work! The open areas would be unquilted space, while the shaded areas would be filled with a nice background fill. This works perfect for borders – why not take that piano key border one step further – try different spacing of the quilted and unquilted areas.
This next photo shows a replacement roller for my laser printer. I love the texture on the roller – it would be great for water, sand, as well as a general all over fill. Lines don’t have to be straight to be effective!
Okay, I warned you about the tree bark… Here are several samples of tree bark photos along with their filtered results:
Okay, maybe my obsession doesn’t stop with just the bark. Here is a tree trunk with an amazing root structure. If you were quilting a tree with roots, it might seem a little daunting – just break it down into shapes and lines and it becomes a bit easier.
This next photo is of a pool patio (and yes, it is a bit blurry, no worries). The texture may look overwhelming in the original photo but, add a cool filter and look what happens! So much visual stimulation happening now – the eye has multiple surfaces, sizes, and densities to keep interest.
Wood grain – yet another of my favorite textures:
Here are some more really cool textures:
What might inspire you – a trip to the zoo, botanical garden, your own backyard? Look at everything and take too many pictures – you might just be surprised!
Gammill Quilt Artist – www.gammill.com
Karen’s website: www.creativelongarmquilting.com