Just a little information from Nolting longarm site.
What we know as hand-guided quilting machines have been around a long time. As far back as the 1960s and 1970s there were a few individuals and small companies offering what we now call short-arm quilting machines on frames. The basic short-arm is usually a commercial sewing machine taken out of a tabletop and set into a carriage system. The carriage system had two sets of wheels on a long frame. This system made it so you could move the machine over the stationary fabric. This was the first major step away from the more traditional machine sewing where you moved the fabric under a stationary machine.Continue reading “Hand-guided Quilting”