A professional longarm machine quilter for hire and some of the work I've done.
Many people know already that I’m earnestly trying to move away from a really bad neighborhood. Its gotten pretty awful around here. Just watch the news and you’ll see. I’ve talked about it more on my penny pinching blog than on here. Its not easy trying to move without money and I’m not likely to sell my house for much. No one wants to buy in this area.
Anyway, I have a problem. I’ve searched and can’t find anyone anywhere close to this area who knows enough about the Gammill quilting machines to break one down, move it about 5 miles south of here, then put it back together for me at the time when I’m ready to move. I don’t have the physical strength to do this myself. My son-in-law could do the work IF I could tell him how.
I tried searching for information with photos or possibly a video on how its done. I asked if anyone had instructions. Nope. Gammill doesn’t have any information like that at all. Not even in their famous White Book of instructions. Its strange that Gammill has a book and various other forms of information about these machines but not one single word about how to move the machines from one location to another.
We can get over the phone, person to person, help with timing the machines or proper oiling or just about anything else done to a machine but no one knows how to move them? No one will break one down and take photos doing it then photos of how to put it back together? That’s sad. Hasn’t anyone ever thought to take some pictures before and after setting one up for a quilt show? It would be a simple task to take pictures while this is being done anyway.
I mentioned my delima to my son-in-law a few days ago. He has always been fascinated by my quilting machine. Not for the stitching but because its a big machine. Guys usually like machines. Anyway, my son-in-law told me he would really like to learn how to work on the Gammill machines. Actually, I’d love to send him to classes but it’s probably more than I could afford. He’s out of work right now and having difficulty getting a foot in the door anyplace. He also has a bunch of mouths to feed. If he knew about the machines it could at least be a part time income for him. AND, it sure would be great if I had someone nearby when I have a problem with my machine. 😉
As of right now I don’t have a clue how I’m going to get this big quilting machine moved from one house to the other when its time. Anybody have any suggestions?
UPDATE: A couple of people found links to information about moving the machine. Many thanks for the help!