Welcome to S & D Stitches, Inc.
Over two millenia ago Plato is credited with saying, “necessity is the mother of invention.” Stan and Dee Dee Townzen, the owners of S&D Stitches, Inc., proved that proverb to be true in 1999.
Stan is a design engineer and has been designing, programming and building computer controlled machines for more than 25 years. Dee Dee is a longarm quilter. She purchased her A-1 923 in the spring of 1999. That summer she quilted a snowball quilt with a snowflake motif in each block. Stan commented on how good it looked and she replied “I'm glad you like it, but I won't make another one. I took out more stitches than I put in.” So, Stan decided to computerize her machine. After a lot of research and some design changes, he had a system up and running by fall, using a commercially available interface program. However, they encountered a problem. Stan could run it, but Dee Dee could run it only if Stan set it up. This was not always feasible, so Stan decided to write the interface program from scratch.
In the spring of 2000, Stan had basically created what is now known as CompuQuilter. He mentioned the system to Stewart Plank, owner of A-1 Quilting Machines, who then asked to see it. Stewart was impressed by how simple it was and how easy it was to operate. So in the spring of 2001, they built one for him. Stan and Dee Dee have been working on debugging, adding enhancements and fine tuning the program ever since.
Later Stewart said what they really needed was a good stitch regulator for those who wanted good stitch quality but weren’t ready to use a full blown computerized system. Stan then designed and built the Stitch Regulators.
Dee Dee has used it daily in her quilting business and they believe they have a very simple but powerful system.
KenQuilt has been building quilting machines since 1980. Their machines have been a hidden treasure in the quilting world. S & D Stitches, Inc. has aquired ownership of this awesome opportunity. The previous owners of KenQuilt, Stuart and Kim Schake have focused on superior customer service over the years and S & D Stitches, Inc. will continue this tradition. We will be moving at least one of the guys from their shop to our.
Kim will continue to offer quilting supplies under the name Quilting Supply Connection. During this transition, the phone numbers and website will not change. You can find her website by clicking on the banner below.
Stuart and Kevin will contiue to service machines at the same location or the machine may be shipped to the NW corner of Arkansas for servicing. We will be handling all of the Warranty repairs in Arkansas.
The KenQuilt machines will be built at our facility in Arkansas.
CompuQuilter is a computerized system designed for a longarm quilting machine.
CompuQuilter brings the very latest in state-of-the-art systems for longarm quilting machines. The computerized control system will reduce the practice time needed to learn to quilt a top. You will be able to start and finish your quilt sooner with the reduced practice time. When customers decide to have their tops quilted by machine, they don’t question the means in which you complete it. They want a certain style of quilting and high quality stitching and to have it finished quickly. CompuQuilter provides premium quality that customers will appreciate and often pay more for in the end. A quilt can be started by one person and finished by another without the tell-tale change in "signature", when using the CompuQuilter computerized control system.
CompuQuilter - Choose the system that sets the quality standards in the industry and continually exceeds expectations.