Wednesday, 7 August 2013

10 Years at the Festival

We're getting ready for the Festival of Quilts 2013. We've been going to this Birmingham Quilt Show since the very first event in 2003. As an American living here in the UK, I'd been frustrated by how long it took the exciting new American quilting products to get 'across the Pond'. We wanted English quilters to have access to the new stuff while it was still new! That's why we stared The Machine Quilter Company Ltd. We wanted to bring American innovations in machine quilting to the English quilter.

SuperQuilter frame 2003
10 years ago we brought the very first 'table top' machine quilting frame to the UK from Canada. It was called the SuperQuilter. For the first time quilters were able to use ordinary domestic sewing machines like a long arm for a fraction of the cost.

The following year we began importing machine quilting threads from a new American company called Superior Threads. We needed the right sort of threads to use on the frames, threads that wouldn't shred and fray. They were brilliant! We were thrilled and we've been distributing Superior Threads here in the UK ever since. As soon as the new thread ranges come out in the States we have them available here!

In 2005 we began working with JUKI sewing machines. Juki TL98 sewing machines were the American favourite and Franklin's offered the  JUKI TL98P here in the UK to meet the need for a longer armed domestic machine that was ideal for the machine quilting frames.

In 2007 we created the New English Quilter, the very first Machine Quilting frame made in the UK. We took all the best features of the Stateside frames added a few of our own. We employed the British genius for design and adapted an American idea to fit into European homes. We've gone on to develop accessories like made-to-measure tables and ergonomic Nifty Grip speed control handles.

The New English Quilter frame
Then we began to develop the educational arm of the company with demonstrations, workshops and retreats. We wanted people with machine quilting frames to have the training and support they needed to become more confident machine quilters.

a film shoot
This year we are thrilled to have the NEW JUKI Long Arm the  QVP2200. American's have been raving about this machine since it came out earlier this year. Now it's our turn!!! Come see us at stand  A36 B36-38.

New Juki Long Arm!Quilt Virtuoso Pro 2200

It's been a great 10 years!

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