The PC Quilter, aka PCQ, is a
friendly robot that you use in conjunction with your quilting frame
to produce beautiful, detailed, accurate designs on your quilts.
More than 3000 patterns are available. There are two types of
PC Quilters. They both do the same
amazing quilting – the difference is how the
physically works with your sewing machine or long-arm sewing head.
We will start by describing the standard
PC Quilter. It is a carriage similar to the carriages that
come with quilt frames. The way you use your quilt frame, if you have
not purchased a PC Quilter, is to put
your sewing machine on a “carriage”. That allows you to move it right
and left and backward and forward. Engineers call this an ‘x/y
carriage’ if that helps. So that is how you would do free motion
quilting on a quilting frame such as HandiQuilter and Hinterberg and
Grace and many others. The PC Quilter is of very high quality –
engineers who are customers have been amazed at the quality of the
PC Quilter for such a reasonable price.
It is designed to run for 10 – 20 years of home use with minor
adjustments and repairs (if any).
When you buy the standard PC Quilter,
it replaces your quilting frame free-motion carriage. The
is a carriage with motors and electronics and other things inside. You
set your sewing Machine on top of the PC Quilter.
You then connect the PC Quilter to your
computer in one of several common ways such as USB. The
PC Quilter includes software which
you install on your PC. Using that software, you can digitize your own
There is also 3rd party software for digitizing. You can also
purchase patterns from several sources at very reasonable prices. When
you run the PC Quilter software on
your PC, it takes your quilting pattern and moves the
PC Quilter carriage to sew that pattern.
There is no restriction on what a pattern can be – it can be very
detailed or quite simple. A good example of something very detailed is
a grape vine with leaves. The little serrations on the grape leaves
with be sewn accurate to less than 1/100 of an inch. It is beautiful!
You do not need a fancy or expensive sewing machine. An $800 very
good quality 9 inch throat sewing machine works perfectly.
Side Mounted PC
We just discussed how the standard PC Quilter works. There is
another choice. We make a Side Mounted PC
Quilter that quickly attaches to the side of your existing
quilt frame free-motion carriage (we provide a couple of small parts
which you attach to your existing carriage. You leave your sewing
machine on your existing free-motion carriage. The Side Mounted
PC Quilter just moves your
free-motion carriage around to sew the pattern you have requested.
Because the Side Mounted PC Quilter can
be quickly attached and re-attached to your free-motion carriage, you
can change from free motion quilting to PC
Quilter quilting in less than 10 seconds.
When free motion quilting, the PC
Quilter-SM will be shoved to
the far left end of the frame. Your sewing machine will be on your
carriage. You will be moving your carriage around by yourself sewing
your pattern free-motion.
When you want to do PC
Quilter quilting, you roll the PC
Quilter-SM up to your carriage
or visa versa and when you snuggle it up close, it "docks" with a loud
click (keep fingers out of the way!). You then use your PC to run PC
Quilter software and the PC
Quilter-SM moves your
carriage around to sew the pattern (with your sewing machine on top of
the carriage sewing away).
To undock them, such as to go back to free-motion quilting, you use
a provided "undocking stick" to snap them apart and roll the PC
Quilter-SM way off to the left
(or let it stay right where it is and get in the way).
For detailed information select from the menu options on the left.