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Thread: Just a beginner computer control quilting

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    Hi,

    I'm new to quilting and very excited to learn a new "skill"/craft/art form. My real interest is automated equipment for Long Arm (or for that matter) just about any machine type(s) related to quilting. After looking high and low for a software package to design and output digitized patterns to computerized (2 axis CNC) quilting equipment I settled on Art & Stitch. A perfect match for designing and out putting high quality machine control files. So I'll be reading and learning about all the nuance of quilting while designing and running our Long Arm quilter. Ask any questions you like about computer control and I'll probably ask some quilting related questions!!!

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    Welcome from CA! How is the Art & Stitch program? I've heard of other programs used ie. Coral Draw. Just wondering how time consuming it is to develope a pattern? I have a computer for my LA.
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    Well since I'm just starting out (literally) I haven't really had a chance to try all the features but I did look at a lot of programs including: Pro-Q Designer, EQ7 and Pre-Design StudioIII. Every program had it's strengths and weaknesses and the reason I ended up with Art & Stitch was it is the most complete design software package among the group (for me) and it handled virtually every file format I needed, including the ability to import a substantial variety of formats and import DXF files (very important). Since this software is my front-end to the computer driven Innova Long Arm I wanted an end to end solution. I'll have a better feel for all the features in a few months. Here's a link to a youtube video of our automated Innova
    take a look http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RWmdZi4BODM

    Is your Long Arm computer controlled?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dmyers
    Welcome from CA! How is the Art & Stitch program? I've heard of other programs used ie. Coral Draw. Just wondering how time consuming it is to develope a pattern? I have a computer for my LA.
    Darby
    I have no idea if I'm replying correctly, but I did reply on the thread.......you can use lot of different design programs including Corel Draw. One of my favorite "free" really!!! design programs is paint.net......awesome software...for free!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by stewyscrewy
    HI and welcome. I have a question right off the bat is there any cheaper way of machine a regular machine into a computerized one? I am a longarmer who runs a Tin lizzie18
    Depends upon how computer savvy you are and whether or not you know anyone who can do some mechanical assembly and electronics wiring. If you watch this video on youtube it's our Innova Pro 26" machine that I automated myself. It's not really that difficult to do but you really have to know something about stepping motors and the associated electronics. Everything is commercially available online. I built the retrofit in 10 days...watch the video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RWmdZi4BODM

    Can be done relatively inexpensively.

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    Quote Originally Posted by compuquilt
    Well since I'm just starting out (literally) I haven't really had a chance to try all the features but I did look at a lot of programs including: Pro-Q Designer, EQ7 and Pre-Design StudioIII. Every program had it's strengths and weaknesses and the reason I ended up with Art & Stitch was it is the most complete design software package among the group (for me) and it handled virtually every file format I needed, including the ability to import a substantial variety of formats and import DXF files (very important). Since this software is my front-end to the computer driven Innova Long Arm I wanted an end to end solution. I'll have a better feel for all the features in a few months. Here's a link to a youtube video of our automated Innova
    take a look http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RWmdZi4BODM

    Is your Long Arm computer controlled?
    I use the Quilt Sew Clever with my Viking 18x8. It works out nicely, it can read any file. You can also do FMQ and record it and use the file over and over. I'm not very good at FMQ that's why I bought a LA w/computer to finish my quilts. I only quilt for myself so my setup works for me. I am practicing FMQ more and more, I'm a little of a perfectionist so I'll still use my computer to do most of the designs for me. I did try a Innova at the Road to Ca show and was impressed with it.
    Darby

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