Longarm Month
Longarm Month



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 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 Stitcher automation, the possibilities are unlimited!


Yes, at the Houston Quilt Show Bernina announced a new longarm is coming in 2014.


BERNINA International AG is one of the world's leading manufacturers of sewing and embroidery machines. BERNINA products are used by quality and design conscious users worldwide for textile work, sewing, embroidery and quilting, as well as for felting and tailoring. Innovation has been BERNINA's policy since day one. Karl Friedrich Gegauf invented the first hemstitch sewing machine at the end of the 19th century. This special sewing machine caused a major sensation, as hemstitches had always been sewn by hand. In 1932, the first household sewing machine with the name BERNINA left the Steckborn factory.


Today, A-1 Quilting Machines, Inc., of Springfield, Missouri, manufacturer of the A-1 LongArm, have made it possible to turn a delicate, traditional hobby into a profitable hobby or business.


Stewart Plank, native of the Ozarks, saw a need to help out an old-time tradition, by becoming the owner and manufacturer of one of the first original quilting machines in the United States. Stewart utilized his mechanical background in the aircraft industry to design and manufacture truly the finest in quilting machines, the A-1 LongArm.


Stewart recognized that quilters need to purchase and rely on a high quality, long lasting machine.  Quilters need prompt service and the promise of support, long after the machine is purchased and delivered.


Stewart continues to manufacture only quality machines for quilting businesses all over America.


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