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Old 07-15-2013, 09:44 PM
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Unhappy PCQuilter: Do you have one?

I just purchased a PCQuilter, but I just got an email that was bad news about the PCQ. I was wondering if any of you have a PCQ and are you satisfied with it. I was told that it was old technology, no chances of software upgrades ever, that the guy passed away and his wife is selling off the old stock. Have any of you experienced this with your PCQ if you have one. Thanks in advance if anyone knows what I'm talking about. Hpylady
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Old 07-16-2013, 06:28 AM
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join the PCQuilter yahoo group. It's not very active these days but there is a lot of info in the group's files. Tech support is available at a reasonable cost ($75 I think) for a set time period.

Yes, the technology is old with no future upgrades but the system does run like a tank. When I got mine in 2003, it was a super low cost alternative to the $20K+ quilting machines which didn't have computers at that price. PCQ technology was designed to work with any computer which was an amazing feat considering the variety of computers. Tim expected a certain level of computer smarts from PCQ owners and there was a test to verify a potential buyer could handle the requirements. For example, you had to be comfortable changing a line of code or finding the proper port on your computer. Not a plug and play system but it was affordable.

I quilted over 300 quilts for Project Linus on that system. When I retired in 2010, I treated myself to a Handiquilter 18" with ProStitcher because I knew I'm committed to quilting and I wanted to do complex computer-aided designs.

PCQ is a good system and I'm glad I bought it. Tim was a genius and it's sad that his wife is unable to continue his goal to bring low cost computerized technology to the world of quilting. If anyone is interested in a well loved PCQ system, please PM
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Old 07-17-2013, 07:40 AM
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I have never heard of this machine.
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Old 07-17-2013, 07:08 PM
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Thank you mcwillia for that valuable info! It was very interesting!
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Old 07-17-2013, 11:03 PM
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I have never heard of this machine.
PCQ isn't really a machine, it's more of a robot. It runs off of a personal computer (hence the "PC"), hooks up to your sewing machine (or longarm) and frame and turns it into a computerized setup.

http://www.pcquilter.com/

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