Computerized quilting 101

December 16, 2014

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Have you ever considered adding a computerized quilting system to your APQS longarm quilting machine? Dipping your toes into the world of robotics can be intimidating but the benefits of using a computer as a creative partner are incredibly exciting.

There are those who think that using a computer is cheating. As if there is no creative thought that goes into quilting once you turn on the computer! That is simply not true. After all, it wasn’t that long ago that people thought quilting with a machine instead of by hand was cheating and lacked creative thought. Using a computerized quilting system, like the APQS Quilt Path, can free you up to focus on design choices and placement to elevate your quilting.

Some people add a computer system to their longarm because they want to make perfect motifs immediately after getting their quilting machine and are looking to reduce the practice necessary for mastering longarm quilting. Others add a computer system because they want to be able to work on other things while the computer is stitching away. Those who quilt for others as a business may add a computer so it can function like their own little employee as it stitches out customer quilts to increase their productivity and profitability.

The APQS Quilt Path system costs $10,500 and is an option that can be added to any of our stand up quilting machines, no matter the age, that have an APQS stitch regulator. Our longarm machines are ready for it to be mounted without needing to send it back to the factory or have expensive technicians rewire the machine. In fact, the Quilt Path system was designed to be a self install- although you can certainly have it professionally installed if you choose.

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The Quilt Path system works off a Windows tablet that is mounted to the nose of the machine. There is no hard drive tower, monitor or keyboard. The entire system is sitting in a simple, convenient tablet mounted directly to the machine and can be popped off so you can play on the couch, bring it back to the machine and then stitch out your creations!

Quilt Path comes complete with design software baked in. You’ll enjoy the 750+ man made designs that ship with the system but you’ll also enjoy the ability to create your own custom designs. You can create your own designs by drawing directly on the screen with a stylus or you can move the machine and record the movement of the machine as a path which can be stitched out as your own personal design.

Adding a computerized quilting system to your longer machine adds a new level of creative options. You can create your own original designs, record your own personal motifs or stitch out any number of amazing pre designed patterns.

If you’d like more information about the APQS Quilt Path system, contact your local dealer or give us a call. In the meantime, pop over to our APQS YouTube channel where you can watch our tutorial videos showing how to use Quilt Path.


Angela Huffman is an APQS dealer and the owner of Quilted Joy Studio in Louisville, Kentucky