Requirements to Use the
You only need to have a basic, simple knowledge of Windows
to use the PC Quilter. That includes the
ability to use Windows Explorer to find files and folders, copy files
between folders, delete files, rename files, understand the
hierarchical nature of folders on Windows, understand the format of
file names (such as having .txt or .exe on the end and what that
means) and use the dialog boxes and pull down menus that are part of
everyday Windows. Also, you need to know how to attach a file to an
email if our tech support people need to help you with a problem. And
finally, you need to know how to save a file from an email if we need
to send a file to you to solve a problem. Just as one example, most
users who are putting digital images into their PC and emailing them
and receiving the same, know how to do all the above.
You do not need to know anything complicated but you need to know
more than just how to turn on the PC and click on the email button!
If you intend to design your own patterns, which is optional, you
should also know how to connect and use a scanner, and save an image
in common formats such as .BMP. In addition, you need to be able to
use simple text editing software such as WordPad or NotePad - standard
Windows features. Not much different than typing an email and making
changes as you type along.
If all the info above is a mystery, give
our sales department a call and discuss your abilities with them. They
can help you evaluate your skills. Also, there are many ways to
acquire the small amount of Windows skills you need. We can advise you
on that too. We have customers who are 80 - 90 years old who use the
PC Quilter and those customers did not grow up with computers!
YOU MUST BE WILLING TO READ
OUR INSTRUCTION BOOK.
You do not need to be a Geek or a computer techie. The manual is
written in plain English with lots of examples and diagrams.
There is tech support - you can email or call. Please see the
current tech support hours on our contact
page. We can't teach you Windows, but we can help you
with any technical difficulties you may have.
If you don't like to read manuals, or are baffled about how
your computer and Windows work, the PC
Quilter may not be for you!
Now, on to some requirements regarding your quilting frame,
your PC, and your sewing machine. We provide this info so you
have no surprises after purchase.
Current software included with the PC Quilter
will run on any IBM compatible Pentium 2 or better PC with 256 meg
of RAM. It does not require a new PC - an older PC which can be
obtained for almost free is usually fine if it meets the preceding
requirements. The PC Quilter runs on Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7. It
does not require much disk space at all - our software is not Bill
Gates bloat-ware. Pattern files are not even very large. You can
connect the PC Quilter to your PC using parallel port, serial port, or
If you want to digitize patterns, you will need a computer that is
at least a
- Pentium 4 running at at least 1.5GHz with 512 meg of RAM
- Screen resolution of 1024 x 768
- Windows XP, Vista or Windows 7 software
- 30 megabytes of disc space.
All modern computers built in the past few years greatly exceed the
above requirements. The least expensive new computer now made is
plenty adequate. We just provide the above for those who have an old
PC laying around (or their friend has one).
Our electronics, motors and other innards are all sandwiched
between our PC Quilter upper and
lower carriages. Those carriages, which are functionally the
same as your existing quilt frame carriages, need to fit on your
existing quilting frame rails. Your quilting frame may require
minor, inexpensive, easy modifications. We have all that
documented for you. You use PC Quilter carriages for automated
quilting and you use your quilting frame's carriages for
free-motion quilting. You can switch back and forth if you
purchase the Side Mounted PC Quilter rather than the Standard PC
The PC Quilter works on US or
international power (90 - 264 volts AC, 47 to 63 hertz
frequency). You will need to change the power cord for foreign
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Shipping is additional to Alaska,
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