Lady Olenna

Allow me to introduce Lady Olenna, formally Bertha of House Walker, she is now a part of House Fillmer and we hope to keep her around for many years.

She is a Gammill Professional Decorative Quilter (PDQ).  Her frame is 14′ long (that is not a typo).  She has a throat depth of 30″ and is in remarkably good shape for being manufactured in the mid-90’s.  Since her arrival a little over a week ago, she has undergone a thorough cleaning and I have learned how to get her timing set correctly.  That was a new one for me.  Her rollers are not cleaned yet, so photos of those installed will be coming in the next few weeks.  Eventually, she will be moved into my sewing studio, but I have to figure out how to make that magic happen first.  I cannot believe how ginormous she is!!


The photos above were from when my friend, Reba, rescued her from somewhere in Georgia.  Many thanks to Reba, who has now gifted her to me as part challenge and, I truly believe, part devious enabling.

I was able to put new gaskets on, clean her wheel posts and replace her wheels with Edgerider wheels.  I changed them back again to the original black wheels when the Edgeriders did not sit down in the tracks to my liking.


The bobbin area is missing a part that I have ordered and will be trying out next week.  I don’t think it is the correct part, but it is close.  The bobbin is rigged to work right now, but I think it can be made better.  I will post photos on that repair/alteration when I do it in a few days.

Also, I truly doubt it is possible, but if there is a way to somehow put a regulator on this lady, that would be phenomenal.  I will keep investigating that one.

If you come across this post and have any information that you think would be helpful to this challenge, please leave me a comment.  I will keep you all posted on her progress.

Cheers, Deborah

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