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Photographs of the Nolting's version of Gammill's "Pivot Access" from the 1999 MQS

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Please understand that these photos are to help ALL of us on the hanson list regardless of our personal brand of machines to better understand the differences of the different machines. This is not to infer one machine is better over another. It is to help you customize your machine should you have the ability, desire and need to do so; and to help you decide on a new machine or an upgrade. Also, notice how one manufacture adopts another's concept and runs with it. Sometimes it is better than what the first manufacture does with the original design and sometimes it is just different or not as good. We think Nolting has a good feature here and think the simplicity of it's design is pretty neat. - - - Jeff and Jackie


Here is Nolting's version of Gammill's "Pivot Access" on the table's right end (and there is one on the left too) of the machine's table. Notice the canvas leader on the top bar which is for the "Quilt Top" fabric. If you have seen Marcia Steven's first video or Bob Hamlin's video you saw them explain how to move the Gammill "Top Fabric" roller to this position on a Gammill machine. It allows the operator to simply lift the roller to straighten the batting. Well, now notice Nolting has made a lever to do the equivalent of lifting the roller. Nolting puts a lever on BOTH ends of the machine. Either or both levers can be used at the same time or separately. 


This is a view of the same lever but from the other side of the previous "photo". You can also see how this does not allow the use of the Gammill Gam-Guide (a tool for sewing straight lines) as the top roller is in the way of the tool's ability to lay flat on the quilt top. You also "lose" some quilting area by moving the roller to the top in a Gammill. However, it does allow you to straighten your batt and you can always change the Gammill rollers back to the "stock" position if you didn't like the roller on top. This would take about 10 minutes to change back so it isn't like flicking a switch but the changeover is far from permanent. So give it a try if you haven't already. Details are in both Marcia's and Bob's videos.

This is a view with the table's right end with the lever closed and parallel to the black square tubing (out of sight on the other side of the tubing). Notice the top fabric roller is covering up most of the backing fabric's roller, this is something I should have paid attention to while taking the photo so as to not create the illusion of a single roller.

This photos shows the ratchet mechanism for the Nolting take-up roller (the roller that rolls all three layers of the quilt up after the sewing of that area is finished). Notice how it differs from Gammill's hand wheel ratcheting system.

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