I'm a new owner (5-08) of a Gammill Statler Computerized quilting machine. Would like to get into this full time. Right now I have a day care in my home. I'm married 40 years, to the same wonderful husband, who puts up with all my crafty habits. Many piles of fabric, and to many other crafts that I just have to try. I might like them better. But I always come back to fabric. I have 3 grown children and 2 wonderful grandkids.
Hobbies and Interests
quilting, machine quilting, embroidery, general sewing, knitting, gardening, other
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Got to thinking and some reading regarding CS last night and concerning your point of restart there have been 2 patches come out since the new software came out. One problem it fixes is the restart. Check your version to see if you need to install these patches. You can download them from Statler but will need a password from them. I think this may correct your problems. No I don't get to Chicago....haven't been up there for 20 + yrs. Got my machine direct from Gammill as I live an hour from West Plains, MO where they are made. They have a nice big store there so it's easy to go over to get supplies/part (& advice) Seems all my trips are to Colorado & Montana to see family. Daughters in both states. Plan May trip to MT to see granddaughter graduate from MT State, if I can find someone to feed my 2 kitties for a couple weeks. The girl who used to do it moved. Daughter & son-in-law building new big home complete w/aging parents quarters....boy, any day now I could be ready for it. I'm older than you are if that tells you something. Turned 67 4th of this month, so you are just a young chick.
Do you enjoy your Statler? I seriously thought about buying a quilter but decided I'd never use it enough to pay for it in my lifetime. I enjoy hand quilting but it takes a long time that is for sure. Love the look though so it is worth the effort. It is comfortable to sit under the warmth of the project while you work on it during the cold winter months here in WI. Bet you make some great quilts for those grandkids. Mary Jane
Sorry haven't gotten back to you quicker....I am picking stitches and part of the quilt is black and the thread is black so I am about to go blind. My hubby got me a really nice big clip on magnifying glass from Gammill for Christmas and it helps a lot. Just as soon as they come out with a long arm that also removes stitches I'm gonna' have one. Seems I did not get my tension set correctly after using King Tut and going back to cotton. Anyway, I'm still using Precision Stitch...haven't had time to download and learn the new Creative Studio yet...plus it sounds like it has a lot of bugs in it. I've had my machine and Statler for almost 4 years and love the designs. Of course the ads make it sound like just start the machine and go do something else....NOT! I have had some problems using Restart from the head but I go to the screen and pick up close to my thread break on the screen and I can advance or go back with the appropriate buttons. Occasionally I have to tweak the quilt a little as the needle doesn't always align with the last stitches. Are you using Creative Studio yet? If so let me know what you think of it. The CS manuel is $85 and in color. You can download it but I don't think you could have it printed for less.
If you need a heads up on some really good pattern designers let me know...I have my favorites...never a problem with the designs. The biggest problem quilting for others is you'll never find time to work on your own.
Are you using the Creative Studio or Precision stitch? If you're using CS, restart pattern and find new starting point. If you're using PS you need to go back until you get to the correct point.
I have a technician in my home as I type this so the answers are coming from him. I hope this helps.
Sue - Maybe you could make a "window quilt". I don't know what it's really called but I'm picturing something that would look like a window and have a view in it? Did I describe that OK? Can you get what I'm thinking? Hope I didn't just put down a bunch of confusing words! lol - Jane