What kind of voltage do I need?
How long does it take to complete a king-size quilt?
What size quilt can be completed on a 12′ table, and alternatively a 14′ stand?
How big does my room need to be?
Can you make a custom size table to fit my room?
Why do you think a molded aluminum head is better than one that’s welded?
Are your machines made in the USA?
Is the weight of the machine an issue I should care about?
What are ergonomically designed handles?
Can I buy my machine for less at another dealer or direct from the factory?
How does your double-capacity bobbin work?
Our patented Automatic Thread Escapement system allows us to use the double-capacity “M” style bobbin in our machines. Since it releases all stress on the thread as it passes through the escapement, superior stitch quality is achieved regardless of speed.
How is bobbin thread trimming accomplished on your machine?
We have chosen not to incorporate a thread trimming mechanism in our machines as we feel it does not produce a desirable end product for the quilter. We feel it is better to simply push the single stitch button on our machine and bring the bobbin thread to the top side, where both top and bobbin threads can be trimmed simultaneously. This method also eliminates the need to go back later and trim all the tags of thread left by all bobbin thread trimmers.
How do I know which model best suits my needs?
The throat space on each model determines capacity for piece size, batting thickness, and pattern width. Since we offer four machine sizes, there is a Gammill machine to fit every need and budget. If you’re planning to machine quilt as a business, we would recommend either the 26-10 or 30-12 size machine. The larger the throat size the less often you have to advance the quilt thus allowing for quicker completion.
If my machine should ever need service, what do I do?
We and/or our Dealers offer phone-based technical support five days a week. Many dealers also provide support on weekends. Part of the training we provided with personal delivery is on the basic maintenance of the machine; and, many basic maintenance issues are covered in the manual that comes with your machine, which is also available at www.Gammill.com.
Much of the basic maintenance you can do yourself, but we also recommend that you have your machine serviced by a technician from your local dealer on a periodic basis to keep your machine in top running condition. You can bring your machine into the dealer’s shop but our dealers also provide on-site service calls. (Quilting machines are large appliances. When your refrigerator needs repair do they ask you to ship it to the factory or haul it into the local dealer?) On-site service is also preferable as then the technician can service your entire machine not just the sewing head. If you use your machine all day every day for business you may want to have this done annually. If you are a home quilter once every five years is probably sufficient. We believe that our network of professionally trained dealers is one of our greatest advantages. Unlike with any other brands you do not have to box up and ship your machine back to the factory for service or rely on local sewing machine technicians who are not familiar with your machine. Our dealer technicians work extensively on Gammill machines and will service your machine on-site.
Does your machine have any patented features?
Yes. We have several patents on our machines, such as our Automatic Thread Escapement, Variable-Stroke Hopping Foot, and Auxiliary Intermittent Tension.
What are zippered leaders and how do they work?
“Leaders” are the pieces of canvas attached to the fabric-handling rollers. The quilter pins their top and backing fabric to these leaders in preparation to quilt. We offer Leaders with Zippered Edges as an option. The zippered edge simply allows the quilter to pin or baste their fabric to the removed leader edge from another location (such as seated in a chair or on a domestic sewing machine), rather than at the table. Then the edge can be zipped to the rest of the canvas leader with the fabric already pinned. With this option, each zippered leader comes with two edges, one of which could be in use while the other could be pre-pinned (to expedite set-up for the next quilt). Zippered leaders also allow a work-in-progress to be easily removed and put back on later, in the event another job takes priority over the one loaded on the table.
In choosing a quilting machine, how important should a manufacturer’s experience be in making my decision?
We consider experience one of our greatest assets. We employ the expertise of world-renowned electronics and computer engineers to keep our brand at the forefront of new technological developments. We know the mechanics of quilting machines better than anyone, having been manufacturing quilting machine systems since the late 1970s and computerized machines since 1990.
How much money can I make machine quilting?
The amount of money a person can make machine quilting will vary due to their location, the type of work clients are willing to pay for, and how many hours a longarm quilter can devote to their business. Our customers tell us consistently they are booked ahead weeks or even months with orders. Quilting in general has steadily increased in popularity over the years — and continues to do so as more folks decorate with quilts and pursue quilting as a hobby. So, the more pieced tops done, the more there are to be machine quilted! In addition, longarm quilters are not restricted to just their own geographic area for their client base. Many people are willing to send their quilt tops great distances to be quilted due to a longarm quilter’s reputation for creative work, the lack of longarm quilters in their area or too long a waiting period.
Many longarm quilters rely on machine quilting as their primary source of income. We have numerous customers who’ve left professions to stay at home for one reason or another, yet still needed to generate some degree of income. As a cottage industry, machine quilting is an ideal pursuit to allow someone to “be their own boss”, and take on as much or as little workload as they want to stay busy. Click here for Gammill business support resources.
Do you offer financing?
Gammill and its financial partners offer several options to assist you in financing your equipment purchase. Both American Financial Parters and Arvest Bank offer plans that preserve cash, asks only for the Gammill machine as collateral, are available to residents of the contiguous 48 states and Alaska, have minimal up-front costs; and include financing of tax, delivery, set-up and training. Alternately, customers often obtain financing through their bank or credit union. Work with your local authorized Gammill dealer to include appropriate charges. Click here for more information on financing.
Featured image: Quilt by Helen Robinson