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Photographs of the Gammill Quilting Machine from the 1999 MQS

This is a photo showing the stock Gammill laser bracket. The shiny metal pin is also used for the Circle Ease attachment for sewing circles for those of you that are sew busy you can't remember if you are coming or going. Notice if you bump the laser the light will not aim in the same place and your next row of pantograph will be off. We use a small carpenter's square to adjust the laser so that it is aligned vertically with the surface of the table in both the X and Y planes. Then if you bump the laser you can re-square it and continue on your way. 

For those of you with older brackets (pre Circle Ease) you probably have a hole for the rod where this photo shows the black knurled set screw knob. Your set screw knob is on the top or front or back of the bracket but not on the end as in this photo. If you have this arrangement you can purchase a longer rod say 18 inches long and mount TWO lasers on that single rod. This will allow you to sew two offset rows of pantograph using the left laser for the first row and then the right laser for the second row (or vice versa) with only using one paper pattern on the table and not having to move that pattern between those two passes of that same offset pantograph pattern.

This is a close-up of the Gammill dual spool specialty thread holder. It is available in a single spool model as well. The black knob at the top can be unscrewed to allow the arms to swing to the bobbin winding side (one at a time or both at the same time) so you can wind bobbins with the built-in winder for bobbins of specialty threads. You can also sew using two different top threads at the same time. Then when you are finished you decide which thread color you want to keep and frog stitch the other thread out. <g>

The thread tensioner that is visible to the left of the cast word "Gammill" is the auxiliary intermittent tensioner or pre-tensioner. Most (but not all) Gammills have this pre-tensioner. It is located BEFORE the normal tensioner which is farther down the thread line. The important thing is these disks on the intermittent tensioner are "plastic" disks and silicon thread lubricant is reported to react with the "plastic" so we are warned to only apply thread lubricant just before the needle and after the normal tensioner. I would be interested in hearing if this every happening to anyone who used thread lubricant and let it get on the "plastic" disks or if this is becoming an urban legend for longarm quilters.  King's Men Quilting Supply, Inc. sells a little yellow plastic stick on box holder and the silicon lubricant. You peel off the plastic to expose the sticky tape and it mounts just above the needle on the gray metal casting of a Gammill (or any machine for that matter). You drop a few drops of thread lubricant on the foam in the box and off you sew through circus tents, tarpaulins, horse saddles, well you get the picture. <g> 

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