About Us

Stewart Plank

Today, A-1 Quilting Machines, Inc., of Springfield, Missouri, manufacturer of the A-1 LongArm, have made it possible to turn a delicate, traditional hobby into a profitable hobby or business.

Stewart Plank, native of the Ozarks, saw a need to help out an old-time tradition, by becoming the owner and manufacturer of one of the first original quilting machines in the United States. Stewart utilized his mechanical background in the aircraft industry to design and manufacture truly the finest in quilting machines, the A-1 LongArm.

Stewart recognized that quilters need to purchase and rely on a high quality, long lasting machine.  Quilters need prompt service and the promise of support, long after the machine is purchased and delivered.

Stewart examined other quilting machines upon trade-ins and came to the conclusion, "The A-1 LongArm is the best machine on the market."  From that vision, Stewart continues to manufacture only quality machines for quilting businesses all over America.


A1 QUILTING MACHINE INNOVATIONS: Leading the Longarm Industry in Ergonomic Quilting Technology.

Ergo-Lift Hydraulic Lifting System

Raises and lowers the table to match your comfort level and anyone else who uses it!  A1 Quilting Machines is proud to be the innovator of the Ergo-Lift. We take pride in providing quilters with features that make their quilting day easier. Other companies have followed our lead with similar features, we remain the first.


Fully ergonomically adjustable handles.  Remember the story Goldilocks and the Three Bears?  Longarm handles have long been a parody of this tale. Too high, too low, too straight, not straight enough and so on… Now with Ergo Grip handles you can have it your way. A1 Quilting Machines offers you the only multi-positioning handles on the market.  You can even have one going upward and one going downward.  Your choice, your comfort!  Stippling is never a problem-just position your handles all the way downward toward the needle.  Amazing! No more wrist, hand or shoulder strain!

Elite Platinum Stitch Regulator

Professional Grade Stitch Regulation, Revolutionary brushless DC Servo 1/2HP Stitch Regulation. Provides seamless stitching performance! With a 7" Touch Screen Display, our Elite Platinum is the first to give you Programmable Handle bar buttons. The Rear Handle bars are outfitted with the same programmable buttons as the front handle bars. (Adjustable, Ergonomic, with comfort grip handles)

Tracknology Wheel & Track System

Superior Smooth Wheels - No Wobbles Ever. We use anodized steel, one piece tracking for both our rails and carriage. Our revolutionary wheel and track design allows for a smooth carriage passing for precision quilting for those who demand the Best Wheel System Available.  There is NEVER a transfer of residue to your quilt with our system!

Thread Lubricator

Running thread is our business.  If we can’t give our clients the threads they like, they’ll go somewhere else.  Our nifty A1 Quilting Machine Innovation thread lubricator will let you run the 'fussy’ threads too.  Even metallic!  So go ahead, buy the pretty threads, we can handle them.


Did you know:  All A1 Quilting Machine packages are factory ready to accept the computerized quilt system, Quilt Gallery? If computerized quilting is where you want to be, just let us know. We have specially trained dealers to help you.


Although they may not be an innovation of ours, the service they give is!  We know this big sewing machine is a bit 'scary'! We've professionally trained our techinicians (dealers) initially install and service your A1 Quilting Machine.  When you buy an A1 Quilting Machine your dealer will arrive at your home and install your new longarm .  Then give you instruction on everything from machine care, threading to basic quilting designs.  Your dealer is your technician and will be there for you from the early days throughout your warranty.  Your success is our success.  Ask your dealer what you can expect. from him or her.    We think you'll be very pleased. By the way, there is no extra charge for our initial dealer service.



Thursday, October 8, 2015