When Carolyn Teuton selected her new Statler by Gammill, she knew exactly what color her new machine would be. Pink.
For Carolyn, picking pink wasn’t about her love for the color or even the fact that her Gammill is an almost perfect match to her furious fuchsia 2009 Dodge Charger. What matters to Carolyn is what the pink represents, her 40 years as a breast cancer survivor.
The Houma, Louisiana resident was first diagnosed in with breast cancer in 1975 at the age of 31. She and her husband, Jeff, were the parents of three small children, ages 5, 7 and 9. And, in 1975, the diagnosis was grim.
She fought through surgeries and brutal treatments. And then, for decades, lived with the fear of the unknown, the chance or a reoccurrence, and continued treatment and procedures.
Finally, she was given the best news she could receive, an all clear. Her oncologist released her as a patient. No more cancer visits.
She and Jeff were elated. To celebrate the milestone Jeff, the owner of a Dodge dealership and the owner and operator of a National Championship drag car racing team, painted a Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak, the same furious fuchsia as the street-legal Dodge Challenger that Carolyn drives daily.
“I built it last year as a tribute to her and all that she’s been through,” he said.
The regional cancer center near their home became involved in the creation of the car as well. Together, they added the slogan, “Drive Fast. Fight Hard,” along with Carolyn’s name. Not only is it an award-winning racer, it also travels around the country raising awareness for breast cancer.
In addition to the car, Jeff had another fuchsia surprise in mind for his wife, a new Statler by Gammill computerized, longarm quilting machine.
Carolyn has been sewing since she was 16. Her mother was a quilter, meticulously completing work by hand. Although she remembers helping her mother with projects, Carolyn herself didn’t begin quilting until about five years ago.
“My sister and I decided to learn how to quilt and started off by taking lessons with a local quilter,” she said. “We kept on trying to get better and better.”
Carolyn then became a part of a quilting group of about 12 women who meet monthly to work on projects, such as blocks of the month.
“We really look forward to it. We all have the same interest and love quilting,” she said.
In recent years, Carolyn also began quilting on a longarm and the more she learned about longarm quilting, the more she became interested in a Gammill.
“I kept reading about the Gammill and how great it was and how easy it was to use,” she said.
She and her husband traveled to a quilt show. While she was browsing fabric, he was looking more closely at the machine.
“He got hooked on how the machine worked and the mechanics of it,” she said. “He did all the research on the machine and was impressed. Since last year was 40 years as a breast cancer survivor, he surprised me with this special gift.”
Their new fuchsia Statler by Gammill was delivered in February by Gammill Dealer Mark Elliott from Stitch-N-Frame in Vicksburg , Mississippi.
“I am enjoying it so much so far,” Carolyn said. “I’m excited to continue to learn more.”
Jeff is enjoying the new machine too and said he appreciates the education and technical support provided to them.
“When Mark delivered it and set it up, I took all the lessons alongside Carolyn and learned about it,” he said. “It’s an amazing machine. I’m pretty impressed it’s definitely a value received.”
Updated Post 3/27/17
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.
Original post 3/22/16
Gammill has been evaluating and testing Windows 10 over the past several months.
Windows 10 is perfectly fine for use on any Stand Alone Mode (SAM) computer to run CreativeStudio software. However, at this time, we do not recommend using Windows 10 on computers that operate the Statler by Gammill. Although we will continue testing, we feel at this time there are several issues with Windows 10 that lead us to this recommendation.
Here are some of the issues we have uncovered so far.
– A Statler that was allowed to run overnight lost communication with the head and there was no communication to the buttons.
– The HDMI port for the secondary monitor does not work on one of the newer generation Statler PCs. This is due to a driver issue, and there will be many driver issues that will take a long time for Microsoft and Dell to work out.
– We have had users who upgraded their PC and received the Blue screen of death, a perpetual boot loop. They lost everything on that PC.
– We cannot consistently determine how the Windows 10 network traffic impacts communication to the Statler but have seen examples of it interrupting the communication between the controller and the head.
– Additional concerns and points can be found at http://www.computerworld.com/article/2945195/microsoft-windows/9-reasons-not-to-upgrade-to-windows-10-yet.html
It is true that some users will download Windows 10 and never experience problems. However, due to these issues listed, and other potential unknown problems, we do not advise that you update to Windows 10 on the computer that runs your Statler at this time in order to keep your machines running safely and efficiently.
In honor of National Quilting Day on March 19, 2016, we’ll be giving away two Gammill prize packages with thread, a Gammill bag, t-shirt, mini-bluetooth speaker and more! To enter, follow us on our new Instagram account and post a quilt, machine or project picture using #gammillquilting. Don’t use Instagram? Send us the photo via Facebook, Twitter or e-mail.* Post pictures by March 20 and winners will be announced March 21 on Gammill social media.
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A new episode of the Best of Both Worlds is now online! This week’s episode features CreativeStudio Certified Trainer Karen Farnsworth. Together, she and Linda V. Taylor work to complete a quilted postcard project. The project can be done by hand-guided or Statler computerized quilting. Watch the episode for more on how to make a personalized postcard to send to someone special.
For more on the quilted postcard project, click here.
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Episode 7 of the Best of Both Worlds is now online! Click the video below to watch the latest episode or click here to view all past episode. This is the third and final episode in a series of three that show Linda Taylor and special guest Paula Everill working to complete a quilt using hand guided techniques and the Statler. In this episode, they use circular array and a simple fill.
Keep watching for the next episode featuring a brand new project and special guest. It is set to release on Friday, March 11.
I don’t fully load my quilts, nor do I float my quilt tops. My loading process is a little different. I baste the quilt top to the backing fabric. This enables me to correct any issues and also allows me to roll the quilt back and forth as much as necessary while quilting.
Of course, first I measure all four sides of the quilt. On this client’s quilt, the top and bottom measurements were both 88”, one side was 89”, and one side was 92.25”. That is a bit of a difference.
I start by loading the backing as normal. Then, I layout my batting. In this instance, I will be loading the quilt top sideways. I want to make sure that the long side is at the top of my frame. The purpose of this is that I am going to baste this side to equal 89” (the same as the opposite side) to keep the finished product square. I can’t make fabric appear, but I can make it disappear. I then mark the 89” with a pin at each end – 44.5” out each side from center. I will be placing the long side of the quilt top between these two pins (unfortunately, you can’t see the pins in the photo).
Using my horizontal channel lock, I baste a starting line across the batting and backing close to the top edge. This holds the batting in place as well as gives me a reference line for where to line up the edge of the quilt top.
I then smooth the quilt top out as best as possible between the end pins. Then, I baste across the quilt top on a straight line of the quilt. This is usually not in the border. You’ll see in the next photo the straight line I am using is in the quilt body. My hopping foot serves as the guide. I engage my horizontal channel lock and have my Vision 2.0 set to baste at 3”.
Don’t worry about the excess fabric above the basting line. We will fix that momentarily.
Once I know the quilt top is anchored on the straight line I can begin to work in the excess border fabric above it.
Using the first basting line in the batting as a reference point, I start by pinning the ends. I use the pins that were marking the 89” so that I know the edges won’t move. I then place a pin in the center.
From this point I slowly start easing the fabric between each pin. I place a pin in the center area between the left edge pin and the center pin (you can do this by eye). Then, between those pins I place another pin, slowly working the excess fabric into place. You keep doing this until all the waviness has been controlled and is being held in place with the pins.
Now that the entire edge is pinned, I baste across the edge. I switch the baste stitch to ½ inch and use my horizontal lock. The edge should be just at the original basting line.
Using my fingers, I help to ease the fabric in the areas of extreme excess. You don’t want to push the fabric, this will cause creases and folds.
Now comes time to baste down the sides of the quilt top. As I have worked in the excess fabric to from 92.25” down to 89” the sides will also need to be eased in. Start in the same manner as across the top. Two pins, then a pin in the center. Then, keep adding pins until the excess is worked in.
Do this on both sides of the quilt top.
I pin by eye, trying to stay as straight as possible. We will fix this when we baste down the side.
Now, we will set our vertical lock and baste down the side at 1/2″.
Again, use your fingers to ease any additional fabric between pinned areas. Repeat this process on both sides.
Now it is time to baste the border in place.
I have switched my basting back to 3”. On this border, I follow an over, down, down, over, up, up pattern. This will hold the squares straight until time to quilt.
You will need to continue the border basting pattern down the sides.
I add one more row of basting stitches across the bottom area before removing all the pins and advancing.
Now that the entire area has been basted and all pins removed, we can advance the quilt top.
The first (and worst) part of the basting and squaring process is over! It seemed like a lot in photos, but really, it goes quite quickly.
Now, we’ll advance the quilt top. We will follow the same process except on this advance, you’ll see we have an added problem of a wonky sashing. No worries, we can fix that too!
Using your hopping foot as a guide, engage your horizontal locks and baste across the quilt body where the wonky sashing is.
As you baste along with the horizontal lock engaged, you’ll need to ease the fabric accordingly to straighten the wonky sashing. In this case the row above now has excess fabric. We’ll work that in when we quilt as it is only minimal.
All fixed – the wonky sashing has been corrected.
Now, we’ll repeat the side treatment to ease this wave in.
Start by pinning and then adding pins in the middle of each pin, continue until excess fabric is contained and ready for basting stitches on edge.
Baste down the side using your vertical locks and a 1/2 “ basting stitch.
Before removing the pins, make sure to baste the pieced border using the same stitch pattern as before to keep everything lined up and in place.
Now, repeat the same process on the right side of the quilt top.
You’ve made it through two advances on the quilt top. Now, we’ll square up the third segment.
It should be getting a little more square (less easing) at this point as we are getting closer to the other side. This is why when we loaded the quilt top we started with the longer side (92.25”). Had we started with the 89” side, we would be working a lot harder now. In my experience, I have found it is easier to work the excess fabric in first.
Again, baste the sashing area using the horizontal lock and a 3” basting stitch. Don’t forget to use your hopping foot as a guide and adjust excess fabric accordingly.
Repeat the side process – pin, vertical lock, baste at ½” down edge.
Don’t forget to baste the pieced border using the same pattern as before (3” basting stitches).
And repeat on right side.
Ease excess, pin, baste down edge (1/2” stitch length)
Again, baste pieced border.
We’re ready to advance the quilt top again. It’s almost squared up. You can do a lot less basting now as the quilt top is almost squared!
I know this seems like a lot of work, but it is worth it. Once you start quilting, you will know that the top was loaded perfectly square and the sides will be equal measurements. All areas that had issues will be basted and your worst problem will be what thread color to chose!
On this advance we will only need to baste the sashing as all the excess in the borders has been worked in – don’t forget to use your horizontal locks and hopping foot as a guide.
Just baste down the edge using your vertical locks and 1/2” basting stitch.
Repeat on the right side.
Now that all the excess is eased in, we can simply baste straight across the quilt using horizontal locks and 3” basting stitch.
Final advance – no more issues! Baste around the edge remaining of the top quilt using 1/2 “ basting stitch.
Just to be safe, I’ll baste the pieced border across the bottom – make sure nothing else moves.
Mission accomplished – this quilt is now a perfect 88” x 89” – time to quilt it! You’ll remove the basting stitches after your quilt each area.
More from Karen Marchetti:
http://karenmarchetti.blogspot.com (Personal work)
by Jodi Robinson
Gammill Quilt Artist
1. Apply fusible web to the wrong side of the fabric and trim edges if needed.
2. Cut your fabric into desired pattern
Other cutting pattern options
3. Cut the Background square to desired size. Mark the registration lines to align your fabric pieces for fusing.
4. Align and fuse the first piece or pieces. Use a ruler to align additional pieces and fuse in place.
5. Mark quilting lines. I marked a quarter inch from the edge of each piece.
6. Prepare your quilt for quilting. If you are using a longarm machine, as I did, mount your backing/batting, and pin/baste your top to the backing/batting.
7. Stitch the marked lines first to secure the applique and create a grid for quilting.
8. You can now fill the areas with quilting.
9. I echoed inside each individual area with straight lines.
10. Quilted and ready to finish or bind.
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