long-arm or Other Large Sewing Head with the PC QUILTER
The Side Mount PC
Quilter (SM) is recommended for all long arm systems. The
SM is also recommended for mid arm
systems. You will need to purchase 4 wheels from the manufacturer of
your machine as our generic wheels may not work with your tracks. The
exceptions to this are the HQ16 PPF frame, the Hinterberg Stretch
frame, and the Tin Lizzie frame. The generic wheels work on the HQ16.
We have the wheel adapters for the Hinterberg Stretch and the Tin
Lizzie frame. Please specify which machine and frame you are using so
that we can send you the correct wheel mounting parts. You will need
to mount some docking parts on your upper and lower carriages. We
supply those docking parts as a part of the
SM purchase. You will also need to wire a connector into
the handle switch wiring on your rear handles. On some of the mid
arms, the interface can be hooked into the control box. This is to
interface between the Side Mount and your machine to turn it on when
the SM starts moving. The
necessary parts are provided with the SM.
has 24 inches of travel. The SM
can handle the heavier machines as they do not sit on top of it as in
the case of the standard PC Quilter.
The SM disconnects from the
machine carriage to allow quick and easy transition from computerized
to free motion. The disconnect process takes approximately 15 seconds
at the most.
If you have questions or concerns about
your specific machine or frame, please contact sales at
(360) 554-0418 (continental US) or 360-554-8038 (outside the
List of Long Arms which work successfully
with PC Quilter
and many others..
List of Mid Arms which work successfully
with PC Quilter
WOW 16" - 20" models
Bailey's Home Quilter 13" - 15"
Homesteader 17" - 19"
and many others...
These are some considerations
Our carriages are about 5.25 high so your payout and take-up
rollers need to be adjustable enough to accommodate your sewing head
sitting on carriages that high.
You will have to physically move the
machine from the standard PC Quilter
to the free motion carriage that came with your frame.
You may need to add two rails for the PC
Quilter - wheels are designed to roll on an vertical edge 1/8
inch thick and APPROXIMATELY 19 and 1/8 inch apart (do not add rails
until PC Quilter is in your possession
and make sure they are perfectly parallel. In some cases, if your
rails are similar, you can mount a bracket we sell to make the
PC Quilter wheels be spaced up to about 4
inches closer together however that is not necessarily ideal. You can
also space them out further by about one inch with the same bracket.
We also have a slightly different bracket that can allow you to space
them out 2" (approximately 21" wheel/track spacing) Also, if your
existing rails are similar to what our wheels need, you can use one of
them and just add one more for a total of three rails on your table.
You may need to modify the frame in minor ways in addition to what
is mentioned above - including removing wheels from the base of your
sewing machine or placing it on top of a slotted piece of plywood, pad
or piece of carpet to keep it stable on the top of our carriage.
The sewing head must sew below 20 stitches per second - down to 5
stitches per second or less is ideal. That is because the maximum
speed we move the sewing head is currently about 2 inch per second but
most people have it move at more like .5 to 1 inch per second because
they are sewing intricate patterns and there is better accuracy at
Be aware that increased speed usually means loss of
detail, so if you must run your sewing machine at higher speeds on the
PC Quilter, you may find that small
detail is distorted. The higher speeds are generally only suitable for
large, flowing-type patterns. This is strictly because of the momentum
created by moving a machine then rapidly switching directions.
If your sewing head weighs more than 35 lbs or is large (like
a HQ 16), you need the Studio model. The maximum recommended weight is
You will need to connect a 12V DC single pole single throw
relay to whatever switch or circuit activates your sewing head if it
does not have a foot control and connect that relay to our electronics
so that our software can turn your sewing head on/off . If the AC
power needs to be turned on/off instead of a low voltage/current
control circuit, we can provide the electronics to do that (solid
state relay with large amperage capacity). We have solid state relays
Be aware that the maximum front to back motion of the PC Quilter
Studio and Super-sized model carriages is 15 inches only.