PrecisionStitch™ user guide
June 2, 2006
Gammill Quilting Machine Company
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10.2 Transferring Diagonal Measurement to Main Screen...................... Transfering Diagonal
The PrecisionStitch™ system for the
The modes of operation are:
Automatic mode is used for stitching single or repeat patterns in blocks, borders, sashes and allover designs. Patterns can be flipped horizontally and vertically and rotated at any degree for proper orientation. Notes can be included with each pattern for future reference.
In Automatic mode you can utilize “No Sew” lines to position a pattern for sewing. There are two different methods of stitching Alternating Patterns Alternating Patterns and 5.5 Alternating Patterns
Regulated mode is used for stitching with a regulated stitch length. Regulated stitching can be done with the belts engaged or disengaged. In regulated mode you can use the Channel Lock feature to set any angle and use the Thread Break Sensor.
Constant Speed mode is for stitching with the motor set at a constant speed. This is the same as any machine without a stitch regulator or electronic control.
Record mode is for recording patterns that you trace with the needle off or on. The pattern is drawn directly in AutoSketch. In record mode you can use Record/Sew Path. Select points to define a path to sew straight lines between. Record/Sew Pattern is a feature that allows you to stitch a pattern between two points or more points.
Files will open into Precision Stitch at the size they were drawn.
Keeps patterns in proportion when used in single block mode.
Users can type in a rotation value with 2 decimal places, like 20.25
A new minimum line length of .02 has been used. This is to assist patterns drawn with polylines, such as TEXT.
While a pattern is being sewn, Quick Pause can be used to stop sewing. Sewing can be continued from the pause location.
An audible Beep will sound when clicking points for a single block pattern
Restart Pattern is now available in record sew path and record sew pattern.
When recording to AutoSketch. The option button will ‘lock’ the left button down so you will not have to keep it depressed while sewing/tracing a pattern.
Each mode retains the stitch length setting from the last time it was used. Modes with SPI are also saved.
The font size has been increased to make setting easier to see from a distance.
Channel lock can be turned on or off while in regulated mode
While sewing in regulated mode, pressing ‘mode-channel lock’ will change angle by 90°.
To position the needle up or down (a half stitch) hold down the Stop key and press Single Stitch
2. Click on the link below to enter the download area.
www.statlerstitcher.com > TECH SUPPORT
3. In the blue shaded area of the screen you will see PrecisionStitch™ Version 8.0.0 on the first line and PrecisionStitch™ Installation Manual on the second.
4. Download the installation manual first by clicking on it. The file will open in Acrobat Reader. Click the disc icon and save a copy of the installation manual on your hard drive. Alternatively, you can click the printer icon to print a copy.
5. Click the button on your browser to return to the download page.
6. Next download the software by clicking on PrecisionStitch™ Version 8.0.0.
a. If you have a password click on Yes, proceed to download version 8.0.0.
you do not have a password click on No, send mail to
7. Upon successful entry, you will be presented with a File Download window..Right Click on PrecisionStitch™ Version 8.0.0. Choose Save.Link As.
the Save As window, select Desktop and then choose Save".
This will download the file to your desktop. Assuming that you are using a
computer different from your
9. Follow the instructions in the PrecisionStitch™ Installation Manual to install the software.
Under the blue shaded box are the links for the users manual. RIGHT CLICK on the manual of your choice and choose Save Link As.
The PDF version is for downloading, while the HTML version is intended for online viewing.
Due to the download size of PrecisionStitch the patterns are included in a separate file. Download the pattern file to your desktop. Double click the icon and installation begins.
Included with the patterns for PrecisionStitch 8.0.0 are P2P and Tri patterns. P2P patterns (Point to Point) are used with the new Record / Sew Pattern function. Tri patterns are for triangular blocks.
Double click on the PrecisionStitch™ Icon to open the program. A small introduction screen is displayed as the program opens. The intro screen disappears after the software finishes loading. Pressing enter now has no effect.
The File menu option is used to open and close pattern files, save pattern settings, exit the system and print the displayed pattern. At the bottom of the drop down menu is a list of the 20 most recently opened files. These files contain the settings displayed on the Main Screen at the time the file was closed. If you wish to start fresh, load the pattern from the File > Open option instead of clicking on the recent pattern listed.
To open the last file that was closed, with a blank screen click Start. The last closed file is displayed along with its saved settings.
Clicking File > Open displays the File List with Preview dialog box shown below.
Use this screen to browse the pattern files on your computer. On the upper left section of the screen you can choose the drive where the pattern files are located. Just below that section the folders on the selected drive are displayed. A list of files in the open folder is shown on the lower left side.
Clicking on a file name displays a preview to the right. If the pattern includes Pattern
Designer Information or Pattern User Notes those are displayed as well on the far right side of the screen.
Pattern Designer Information – This is information added by the pattern designer. It can include any information the designer wishes to convey to the pattern user. Some things might include a copyright statement or information about sizing and using the pattern. To display the Pattern Designer Information click Info.
Pattern User Notes – This is information you can add to any pattern and can include sizing information, customer information or any notes you wish to save (see 4.2.1 Options > Show/Edit Pattern Notes) To display the Pattern User Notes click Notes.
If you have previously saved pattern settings, a frame “Select settings to use” gives you the option of loading the pattern with default or saved settings (see 4.1.3 File > Save Settings).
In Preview Type you have the option of viewing the Picture or the File Contents. A picture file is a WMF or MOV file that contains information you wish to note about a particular pattern. (MOV files are generated with the Build Function from older versions). The picture file is what is displayed. If you wish to display the file that the software sees, click File Contents. If you wish to see only the file contents, check Show File Contents Only.
Click OK to open the pattern or click Cancel to close the window.
After clicking OK to open the file and if there are no drawing errors, the pattern is displayed on the Main Screen. If there are errors in the file, the error is displayed in a pop up screen and the file will not open. You will need to edit the SKF file, save it as a DXF file and attempt to open the DXF file again. For drawing and editing pattern files please see the AutoSketch For PrecisionStitch User Guide.
Clicking File > Close closes the file displayed on the Main Screen. The values displayed on the screen at the time the file is closed are saved. The saved version of the file is listed at the bottom of the File menu along with the 19 last opened files.
When a file is opened and the settings are determined for the quilt, you can save those settings for use later. Click File > Save Settings and the settings are saved in memory. The screen below is displayed to indicate that the settings have been saved. It is good practice to click Save Settings before you start sewing.
In the event of a system abort (such as if the sewing head hits the take up roller) or a power failure the settings for the file will be lost unless they have been saved by either using the Save Settings option or the file was closed then reopened.
This option is used by pattern designers to convert a drawing file, DXF, to a QLI file for distribution to other PrecisionStitch users. The QLI file cannot be edited which makes it less likely to be corrupted and insures proper stitching.
This option prints a copy of the pattern displayed on the screen. If no pattern is displayed, this option is grayed out.
This option closes the file and exits the system. The pattern displayed at the time the system is exited is saved in the list of the last 20 opened files.
The options menu allows you to change defaults, set squaring information, designate motor controllers and access other controller information with the help of technical support.
You have the ability to write notes for each pattern. You might wish to note information about a height or a range of height values that look better for the pattern or any other information that would be helpful next time the pattern is opened.
The pattern notes may be viewed when the pattern is displayed via the File > Open screen. See 4.1.1 File > Open for more details. Or you can view/edit the pattern notes when the pattern is opened.
With the pattern opened and displayed on the screen choose Options > Show/Edit Pattern Notes to open the Pattern Notes screen shown below.
Type in the information you wish to save and click OK. The screen closes and the box labeled "Notes" shown below appears at the upper left of the screen whenever the pattern is displayed.
You must choose File > Save Settings to save the notes to the file.
Click on the Notes box to view and/or edit the information saved in the Pattern Notes screen. If there are no notes to view, the Notes box does not appear.
This option sets the default values for Needle On/Off, Thread Break Alarm, Sewing Speed, Stitches per Inch and Tieoffs. Set these values for your preference then choose Options > Set Defaults. The default settings will appear each time a file is open from the File > Open menu.
If you have changed any of these settings for a pattern then closed the file, or clicked File > Save Settings, the changed settings will appear when you open that file from the list of previously opened files.
When you first install PrecisionStitch or each time you upgrade, the stitch count is set to 0. Choose Options > Stitch Count to display the following screen.
As a pattern is stitched the system keeps track of the number of stitches for the pattern as well as a running total of all the stitches since the last software upgrade. Stitch Count gives the total number of stitches since PrecisionStitch was started. If you restart PrecisionStitch as you begin each quilt, you will have a stitch count of the amount of stitches used in that quilt. Total Count gives a running total of stitches from the last software upgrade.
Newer machines are equipped with a laser that can be set to automatically illuminate when position information is needed. The laser should be aligned (before starting the quilt) by manually lowering the needle into the fabric, retracting the needle again, and adjusting the laser so that it centers on the hole that the needle made in the fabric.
This option, when checked, allows the system to automatically turn the laser pointer on when needed for "clicking" to locate points, and turn it off otherwise. If this option is unchecked, the laser will operate manually only with the laser button located below the Needle and Thread Break buttons as shown below.
When restarting a pattern after the stitching has been interrupted such as for a thread break, you have the option of restarting the pattern by locating the restart point on the quilt or on the computer screen. To find the restart point via the computer screen choose Options > Show Restart Screen. A check mark will appear next to this option if it is chosen. To find the restart point via the quilt, choose Options > Show Restart Screen once again to clear the check mark. For more information on restarting a pattern see 5.1.12 Restart Pattern
When a quilt or part of a quilt has been squared up using the Square Up Quilt function a squaring angle is calculated and held in memory. This squaring angle is used each time a pattern is stitched in Pattern Mode – Repeat Blocks. Choosing Options > Set Squaring Information allows you to manually set the squaring angle.
Options > Set Minimum Line Length
Patterns are drawn in AutoSketch with drawing entities such as three point arcs, line segments and poly lines. If a pattern is designed using three point arcs and straight lines, this value is not necessary.
If a pattern is designed using polylines (many very short lines) to simulate a circular arc, this option is used to speed up sewing. Choose Options > Set Minimum Line Length to set the smallest full-speed line.
In the picture above the minimum line length is set at .02 inch. This means that any line segment (drawing entity) that is .02 inch or smaller will be stitched at a slower speed.
If this option is set to 0 the pattern is stitched at full speed as set in the Speed section of the PrecisionStitch Main Screen.
This option is used to set the sewing motor position accuracy which controls stitch length. Choose Options > Calibrate Stitcher Motor. The dialog box tells you to "Move stitcher off the quilt, remove thread and bobbin. Click OK. The motor is calibrated by taking 10 very slow stitches and the dialog box returns to display the new Z-count value. Click OK.
Used to check proper keypad & switch operation, and encoder feedback.
Under the Technical
Support Options you have 4 options which should only be used under the
direction of the Technical Support team at
Set Calibration Value
The Pattern Installer is used to install patterns you receive from another party. Usually these patterns are on some type of removable disk. Pattern Installer searches on all drives except for where PrecisionStitch is installed then searches for patterns on those drives. You can then select the patterns you wish to install and Pattern Installer does the rest.
1. Insert the removable disk containing the new patterns.
1. From the Main Menu click PatternInstaller to open the Pattern Installer screen shown below.
2. Click Yes. The system displays the Pattern Installer screen and looks for patterns on the removable disk.
3. After the scan is complete the pattern files are displayed. If no files are located on the removable disk the left side of the screen is empty. Notice that all the pattern files/folders on your computer are listed on the right side of the screen.
4. In the middle section of the right hand side you can create and name new pattern folders. Simply enter a name for the new folder then click on Create a new Pattern Folder
5. Place a check in the box next to the patterns you wish to install and click the folder on your computer where you want the patterns to be installed as shown below.
6. Click Copy Patterns chosen to Folder chosen above
Primarily for Gammill Machines.
Selecting Oil will run a routine designed to assist the lubrication of the Gammill Machine.
The system will now control the speed and direction of the machine to enhance the lubrication process for about 7 minutes. During this time, the speed and direction will change. User should stay clear of the needle bar during this time.
The help screen provides online help in understanding system control buttons and input boxes.
Displays the Help dialog box where you can list a topic and read further information about using and understanding the system functions.
If this option is checked you can view software tips on the screen. Move your curser over the
control button or input box and hold it there momentarily, the tips are displayed.
Click on this option and a question mark appears. Move the cursor and question mark to any active button on the screen and click. Information about that button is displayed on the screen. A shortcut for this function is the question mark shown to the right of the Help option.
Click on this option to see which version of PrecisionStitch is installed on your computer. This is also useful for retrieving your controller serial number so pattern designers can send you encrypted patterns.
The Main Screen fills the monitor so it can be viewed as you stand at the quilting machine.
The picture above shows the main screen displaying the heart00.qli pattern on the left side. The file name is displayed above the picture. The file's location is shown at the very top of the screen.
When a pattern is opened the default 5.6 Pattern Mode setting is Single Block. This means that there are several functions that are not available in this pattern mode and are therefore grayed out on the screen.
Click anywhere in the white part of the screen displaying the pattern to open the Magnified Pattern screen. This screen gives you an enlarged view of the pattern should you need a closer look.
You can increase the magnification to two or three times if you desire. Click OK on the enlarged pattern screen to close it.
The "Start" and "End" are shown on the pattern. If start and end are at the same location "Both" is shown.
When positioning a single pattern for stitching, you will be asked to input the four corners of the block or other space where the pattern is to be stitched. The four corners of the white space displaying the pattern represent these four corners.
Use the buttons below the picture to rotate, flip or reset the pattern position. Whatever position the pattern is displayed is the position it is stitched in the block.
The pattern can be rotated in 90° increments using the Rotate Right 90° button or any increment using the Pattern Rotation (Degrees) input box. To use the input box you can highlight the current value then type in the new value with up to 2 decimal places and hit enter or you can use the up / down arrows to change the values.
Click this button to flip the pattern horizontally from left to right.
Click this button to flip the pattern vertically (turn it upside down.) A time you might use Flip Vertically is when stitching repeat patterns with Start and End near the top. When stitching allover patterns you can use the End of Previous Set option to locate the next row to be stitched. The End of Previous Set option uses the End point of the pattern. If the pattern is set for a large height the End point of the pattern is rolled onto the take-up roller when the quilt is advanced. By flipping the pattern vertically (turning the pattern upside down) the Start and End points are positioned at the bottom making the End point of the pattern accessible for the End of Previous Set option(see 13.3 Stitching Patterns at Maximum Height for Your Machine).
Click this button to reset the pattern orientation and size to that of its original state when loaded
When a pattern is drawn in AutoSketch it is divided into segments such as lines, three point arcs and polylines. PrecisionStitch™ uses these segments when restarting a pattern after a thread break (see 5.1.12 Restart Pattern). You can view these segments on the pattern screen by checking the Show pattern segments box.
When Show pattern segments is checked the segments are shown alternately green and black on the screen as shown below.
With Load as designed unchecked. The Pattern Width and Pattern Height are normalized to 12" when the file is opened. This means that the larger measurement, either height or width, is set to 12" and the other measurement is set proportionally. These values are displayed in Pattern Width and Pattern Height and cannot be changed. For single blocks the sizing information is set when the Start button is pressed.
When Pattern Mode>Single Block is checked this option is grayed out because a single block is sized and stitched by locating points on the quilt. When stitching Repeat Blocks you can change the Actual Width and Actual Height. See 12.3 Stitching Repeat Blocks.
In Single or Repeat Block mode, any time a pattern is opened the program takes the largest measurement, either length or width, and makes it 12". The smaller measurement is proportionately sized. When you want to change the width or height of a pattern you check Freeze Aspect to preserve the proportions of the drawing as it is resized.
You can uncheck Freeze Aspect to size the pattern to exactly fit the desired area.
If the Stitch in points box is checked, the program will add a stitch at each "point" in the pattern (a point is an angle which causes the stitcher to momentarily stop when sewing.) This will cause the "points" to be sharp. This is especially useful with large stitches and pointy patterns.
See 10 Measure.
See 5.1.12 Restart Pattern.
This section of the screen is where you set the stitching speed. Use the slider, up/down tumblers or type in the number to change the speed. The speed can be changed using any of these methods while the pattern is stitching.
This section is used to set the desired stitches per inch. B1/2-B4 are for basting stitches and only available in Regulated Mode. Basting is adjusted in 1/2" increments and Stitches Per Inch can be changed in ½ stitch increments. Stitches Per Inch is adjustable while sewing in Regulated Mode. Up/down tumblers appear for Stitches Per Inch when you start Regulated stitching.
Note: Settings for SPI are kept separate. This means that once a SPI is set in Automatic mode, then Regulated is used at a different SPI setting, when returning to Automatic mode, the SPI will be as you set it. The same is true if you return back to Regulated mode.
Use this section to set the number of stitches and stitches per inch for each tieoff and to disable the initial Bobbin Pull-up stitch at the beginning of sewing. The settings below indicate that two tie stitches will be taken at the start and end of the pattern and the length of those two stitches is 20 stitches per inch.
This is one method you can use to stitch Alternating patterns. The second method is described in 14 Alternating Patterns.
Some patterns such as cloud00.dxf need to alternate each row such that the clouds on the top row are moved over slightly then centered over the clouds on the bottom row. The picture below shows three repeats and two rows of cloud00 that do not alternate.
This is how the pattern displays when Original Grid is selected under Alternating Patterns .
Alternating Pattern Grid.
Shown is Alternating Plus with the Trim & Tie
When Alternating Plus is checked the program adds one repeat to the top row and centers the rows as shown.
When Alternating Minus is checked the program subtracts one repeat from the top row and centers the rows
Note the location of the five red dots that represent the corners and center of the design. When the program calculates Total Width and Total Height for these patterns it calculates between the lower left and right corners and/or between the upper left and right corners (these distances are equal.). Any part of the pattern shown outside the red dots will stitch off the quilt.
Trim & Tie options
When Alternating Plus is checked,
Trim is used to trim the portion of the pattern displayed to the left of the left edge or right of the right edge leaving a smooth edge.
Tie is used to force no-sew lines between
Segments trimmed at the edge. Otherwise, vertical lines are sewn between trimmed segments.
Shown with Trim
This section is used to designate a pattern for a single block or for repeat blocks. When Single Block is checked all other areas of this section are grayed out. When Repeat Blocks is checked you can change the Repeats per row, the number of Rows and other information for repeat blocks. See 12.3 Stitching Repeat Blocks.
The picture below shows the functions available when Repeat Blocks is selected in pattern mode.
In this screen you designate the number of repeats per row as well as the number of rows. You can choose to have the stitching stop between blocks or at the end of each line so the thread can be cut.
The Horizontal Spacing option is used to adjust the distance between repeats. For an example of this see 12.5.7Repeating Block Patterns in Borders or Sashes.
The Vertical Spacing option is used to adjust the distance between rows such as to adjust patterns that interlock from one row to the next.
When Repeat Blocks is checked the Info section is active. This section gives the coordinates of the Start and End points with the origin at the lower left.
The Vert Diff is important for repeatable patterns. This number must be 0 or nearly 0 for the pattern to repeat.
This option is available in Regulated or Constant Speed mode and locks the movement of the machine head to the input angle.
The raised button shown above indicates that Channel Lock is not activated. Clicking on the button turns it red indicating that it is active.
Set the desired angle by typing in the value and pressing Enter or by using the up/down tumblers. If you wish to use the angle obtained from Square Up Quilt, check the Use Squaring Angle box to use the squaring angle. Using the squaring angle will give you a line of stitching that is parallel to the line you used in the Square Up Quilt function. An angle set to 0 restricts vertical movement of the machine along a horizontal line. An angle of 90° restricts horizontal movement of the machine along a vertical line.
Cross hatching is done by stitching parallel lines in one direction then rotating the angle 90° and stitching parallel lines in the other direction. To do this quickly you can set the squaring angle to the stitching angle then toggle the Channel Lock angle from 90° to 0° as described below.
1. In Regulated or Constant Speed mode, click Options > Set Squaring Information to open the Squaring Angle screen.
2. Type in 45 and click OK.
3. Check Use Squaring Angle and leave Channel Lock Angle = 0.
4. Position the head where you want to start stitching. Press Channel Lock and Start to begin stitching. The stitching will be at 45°. When you reach the end of the stitching line press Stop.
5. Press Channel Lock to turn it off. Hold down STOP and press Channel Lock to change Angle to 90°.
6. Press Channel Lock and Start to begin stitching. The stitching will be at 90° + 45° for a total of 135°.
Choose the stitching mode in this section. Each mode is designated by a color. When Start is pressed the mode's corresponding color is displayed in the background indicating that the mode is active. The background can be seen from the quilting machine.
Automatic is green, Regulated is orange, Constant Speed is Blue and Record is red.
Use these buttons to toggle the Needle and/or Thread Break off and on. The red shown below for Needle indicates ON. The raised button for Thread Break indicates the thread break is OFF.
When Needle is turned off the sewing head follows the pattern without stitching. Use this feature to do test runs of patterns before actual stitching is done. When the sewing head moves with the needle off this is called “No Sew”.
When threading the sewing head the thread is wrapped around the thread break sensor. If the sewing head is stitching with the Needle and Thread Break on and the thread break sensor stops turning, the Thread Break Detected screen is displayed as shown below.
When this screen is displayed in Automatic or Record modes the sewing head stops stitching. When this screen is displayed in Regulated or Constant Speed mode the sewing head continues to stitch. Press OK to close the screen.
Newer models of StatlerStitcher quilting machine include an automatic laser positioner for locating points. See 4.2.4 Options > Automatic Control of Laser.
Most of the functions can be controlled from the keypad located on the quilting machine head. The positions of the Controls buttons on the Main Screen and on any pop up screen correspond to those on the keypad. The buttons on the screen are large so they may be viewed as you stand at the quilting machine.
When using various options of the program some of the Controls buttons take on different functions.
Additionally, while a pattern is sewing in Automatic, Constant Speed or Record Mode, the Cut Bobbin button becomes an Up Arrow. Use this button to increase the sewing speed. In Regulated mode the Up Arrow is used to increase the Stitches Per Inch.
This key toggles the Channel Lock function off and on and is available in Regulated, Constant Speed or Record modes. In Automatic mode this button is the Option button. NOTE: the belts must be engaged in order to use the Channel Lock function.
When the Option button is pressed you are able to call up the Measure, Square Up Quilt, Restart Pattern functions or toggle the Needle, Thread Break or Laser functions OFF/ON. When the dialog boxes for these functions are displayed, Option changes to Next to enable you to step through the available options.
This button steps through the modes, Automatic, Regulated, Constant Speed or Record, until the desired mode is reached.
Additionally, while a pattern is sewing in Automatic, Constant Speed or Record Mode, the Single Stitch button becomes a Down Arrow. Use this button to decrease the sewing speed. In Regulated mode the Down Arrow is used to decrease the Stitches Per Inch.
Stops the stitching abruptly. You must Restart Pattern to finish sewing. This button changes to NO when stepping through the available options and changes to Cancel when the Options dialog boxes are displayed. This allows you to choose not to call up a function and/or to cancel options.
Starts the stitching or opens the dialog boxes for other functions. This button changes to YES when stepping through the available options and changes to OK when dialog boxes are displayed allowing you to call up functions and to input information from the quilting machine.
Additionally, while a pattern is sewing the Start button becomes a Pause button. This allows you to stop the stitching without losing pattern information. See 7 Pause Stitching.
The text box at the bottom left of the Main Screen displays the system status.
Front and rear handles of the sewing head are wired with buttons:
Red Button – Stop/No/ Cancel
Black Button -- Single Stitch/ Yes/OK
This system inputs location points via the sewing head. The location of the needle is the point it records. For the greatest accuracy in inputting location points the needle should be directly over the point.
If your sewing head is not equipped with a laser light for entering location points, the best way to achieve accuracy is to look directly into the center of the hopping foot down to the quilt top and align the needle from that vantage point. However, with the longer machine throat on the quilting system, looking directly down into the hopping foot can be difficult at times.
Newer machines are equipped with a laser which automatically illuminates when position is needed. The laser should be aligned (before starting the quilt) by manually lowering the needle into the fabric, retracting the needle again, and adjusting the laser so that is centers on the hole that the needle made in the fabric.
Here are some tips for achieving greater accuracy in setting location points:
Advance the quilt so the area you are working on is closer to you.
If you do not have a laser, use the hand wheel to lower the needle as close to the quilt top as possible without touching it, making it easier to see the needle location. This causes the hopping foot to lower as well. When the needle and hopping foot are in this lower position it is easier to run into seamline intersections as you move the needle over the quilt locating points. You'll need to be careful to avoid the intersections as you move the needle over the quilt.
While a pattern is being stitched you can pause the stitching without loosing pattern information. The Start button on the control panel is used to pause the stitching and toggles from pause to stitching.
Note: The stitcher will pause when it reaches the end of the pattern segments it has already processed. In other words, it will pause at the end of the red line shown on the computer screen in the pattern window.
While a pattern is sewing, Quick Pause will stop the sewing immediately, then allow you to continue. The keypad display will show the upper right key as the Quick Pause Key
At some time you may wish to do a test run of a repeatable pattern before actually sewing. Perhaps you want a pattern to fall just inside a seamline or to perfectly place it where you want it. Once you have your pattern sized you can turn off the Needle, turn on the Laser then stitch the pattern with the needle off This is called No Sew stitching. Here are the steps to accomplish this.
1. Size the pattern to fit the space. This could be a block, border, sash or the entire quilt.
2. Click Needle to turn the needle off.
3. Click Laser to turn the laser on.
4. Start the pattern using your choice of location (i.e. upper left, lower left etc.).
5. Watch the laser light as the pattern is traced to make sure it stitches at the desired place.
6. If the pattern “stitched” as desired, click Needle to turn on the needle.
7. Click Start then choose Same as last time to start stitching the pattern that you just traced.
8. If the pattern did not trace as desired, resize it then retrace with the needle off.
You may wish to stitch a pattern, and not stitch on top of appliqué that exists in the middle of the pattern. One way of doing this is the following:
a) Start stitching the pattern with a slow speed.
b) When the needle is close to the appliqué, press Stop.
c) Refer to the pattern window to help you guess where the sewing would continue on the other side of the appliqué. Realize that the red line is somewhat beyond the point where you stopped. Click Restart and click on the other side of the appliqué where sewing should begin.
d) Click Back and Next to find the best starting point, and click OK to continue.
e) Later, use Record/Sew Path or Regulated to fill in any gaps between the pattern stitching and the appliqué
Another method is to lay out the pattern in AutoSketch as being sewn.(SKF/DXF file of the pattern is required) Create an outline of the appliqué in the appropriate location on the drawing
(This can be a separate drawing or even a digital photo of the appliqué, sized appropriately)
With everything in place, lines crossing over the appliqué can be changed to No-Sew lines or even eliminated as needed. The Modified patterns would then be used in sewing the quilt.
Example of pattern assembled in AutoSketch using actual pattern height and width information from PrecisionStitch. The heart represents an appliqué which is sized and placed. The heart will not be sewn over. All lines inside the heart were changed to No-Sew lines.
You have the choice of joining all blocks in a row together as one large pattern, or break out each individual modified repeat to use separately.
Use this function to measure any distance on the quilt. There are two ways to access the measure function:
1. In any Stitcher Mode, from the main screen click Measure, or In Automatic Mode, from the main screen or the keypad click Option to display the dialog box then click Next until the Measure? Option is displayed, then click Yes.
2. The Measure Tool dialog Box is displayed. Following the instructions on the screen, move the needle to one end of the line to measure. Use OK to enter location data. Move the needle to the other end of the line to measure and click OK. As you move the needle over the quilt, the measurements are continuously updated. The next screen displays the Width, Height and Length of the line you measured.
Once the first measurement is complete, the Measure screen is set up to measure another line. Once you are done with the measure tool, click Cancel to exit and close the screen..
The picture above shows the results of a measurement in Automatic Mode with Repeat Blocks checked. This is the only time that the values calculated by the Measure function can be transferred to the main screen for Actual Height, Total Height, Actual Width and Total Width. In addition you can use the measured Width and Height values to calculate the repeats per row and the number of rows respectively.
When sizing repeat blocks it is useful to measure the exact space to fit the pattern repeats such as in borders or sashing. If a pattern is open on the screen and Repeat Blocks is checked when the Measure Tool is called you have the option to automatically transfer the measured values to the Main Screen.
After clicking the end of the line and viewing the displayed values, click on any of the ten buttons to transfer the following measurements to the pattern displayed on the Main Screen:
Clicking this button transfers the Width measurement to the Actual Width of the pattern. The Actual Width is located just under the lower right side of the displayed pattern.
Clicking this button transfers the Width measurement to the Total Width of the repeat pattern. The Total Width is located in the Pattern Mode section when Repeat Blocks is checked.
Clicking this button transfers the Height measurement to the Actual Height of the pattern. The Actual Height is located just under the lower right side of the displayed pattern.
Clicking this button transfers the Height measurement to the Total Height of the repeat pattern. The Total Height is located in the Pattern Mode section when Repeat Blocks is checked.
The diagonal measurement is shown in Length. You can transfer this measurement to Actual Width or Actual Height both located just under the lower right side of the displayed pattern.
The measure tool can be used to calculate the Repeats per row for Repeat Blocks using the Actual Width of the pattern and the measured width.
1. Open the file and set your Actual Height and Actual Width to the desired size.
2. Measure the width of the quilt.
3. Click Calculate Repeats. The system calculates the number of repeats needed to fill the Total Width, displays the number of Repeats per row and displays the revised pattern on the screen.
The measure tool can be used to calculate the Rows for Repeat Blocks using the Width of the pattern and the measured width.
1. Open the file and set your Actual Height and Actual Width to the desired size.
2. Measure the length of the area to be stitched.
3. Click Calculate Rows. The system calculates the number of rows needed to fill the Total Height, displays the number of Rows and displays the revised pattern on the screen.
You can use the Measure tool to calculate the number of Repeats per row and the number of Rows for the entire quilt.
1. Open the file and set your Actual Height, Actual Width and Vertical Spacing to the desired size.
2. Open the Measure Tool.
3. Click any two points on the quilt.
4. Highlight the Width measurement and type in the quilt width. DO NOT hit Enter.
5. Highlight the Height measurement and type in the quilt length. DO NOT hit Enter.
6. Click Calculate Repeats and the system calculates the number of repeats and displays them on the screen.
7. Click Calculate Rows and the system calculates the number of rows and displays them on the screen.
8. Click File > Save Settings.
9. Decrease the number of Rows until Total Height is less than sewing head throat size.
10. Press Start to begin stitching.
All quilts are not always straight from edge to edge or along borders, sashings, etc…
Precision Stitch enables the user to make adjustments to compensate for areas not straight.
Square Up Quilt is the tool for this purpose. With an area identified as needing a correction or squaring up. The user will identify 2 points along a seam or line for squaring up to.
This angle represents the different from a perfectly straight line. and a line identified using square up quilt. The system then uses this angle to rotate the sewing path to match the squared up angle.
The picture below shows the pattern of three circles stitched without the squaring angle. The straight line represents a seam line.
The pattern below shows the pattern stitched with a squaring angle.
The three circle pattern is rotated at an angle equal to the squaring angle which places the pattern parallel to the seam line.
In the Channel Lock function you have the option of using the squaring angle to set the angle of the stitched line. Check Use Squaring Angle in the Channel Lock function to stitch a line parallel to the line you used to square up the quilt.
Click Square up Quilt to display the Square up dialog box.
The Maximum Rotation Angle is used when squaring up vertical lines and generally the default value is not changed.
Follow the instructions on the screen and move the needle to one end of the base line and click OK.
When the other end is clicked the dialog box closes. The squaring angle is calculated and stored in memory. It is held in memory until the file is closed or until another squaring angle is calculated. To set the squaring angle to 0 or to any angle click Options > Set Squaring Information or click Square Up Quilt , Cancel.
Each time a pattern is opened the squaring angle is set back to 0. If you have set the squaring angle and you experience a system abort you can enter the same squaring angle using Options > Set Squaring Information. In order to do this you will need to know what the previously squaring angle was.
Use this mode to automatically stitch patterns from pattern files. The two Pattern Modes available in this mode are Single Block and Repeat Block. Stitching a single block means that one repeat of the design is stitched. Single blocks are sized and located on the quilt via the input of four location points representing the four corners of the block. Patterns fill the designated area to the minimum margin you specify. If the block is out of square or not perfectly sized the pattern is rotated to fit squarely in the area.
Repeat Block is used any time more than one repeat of the pattern is needed such as for sashes, borders or allover designs. Repeat patterns are located using a variety of options such as the center of the area, one of four corners or the end of the previous set of stitched repeats.
Square up Quilt can be used on many sections of a quilt to assure patterns are sewn at the proper angle required for an area.
Features for sizing and stitching patterns include
For repeat blocks, as you increase or decrease the number of repeats, rows and the spacing between them, the complete pattern is displayed on the screen. This gives you the opportunity to see how the pattern rows interlock for even spacing over the entire quilt.
à Stitching can be paused and restarted without losing sizing or location information.
à When the thread breaks, stitching stops automatically (if Thread Break is ON) and you can restart the pattern at the segment you choose without starting over from the beginning of the pattern.
Open a pattern file. In Pattern Mode click Single Block. In this mode location points and other sizing information are entered after the Start button is pressed. Before we do that you should understand how the pattern is placed on the quilt in single block pattern mode. The only information needed for single blocks are the four location points and the Minimum Margin. The four location points define the size of the block, the squaring angle and the block's location on the quilt.
The Minimum Margin is the space you want between the edge of the block and the stitching. For example a 10" square block with a Minimum Margin of 1" results in a stitched pattern 8" square as shown by the heart on the left of the diagram below.
If the pattern is roughly square and the block is rectangular, the same pattern will be elongated to fit within the minimum margin of the rectangle as shown by the heart on the right. In the case of something like the heart this is a good way to have a tall heart without drawing another pattern. However, if the pattern is a tall, thin soldier it is stitched as a short, fat soldier in a square block. In each of these examples the pattern is sized without regard to height and width proportions, known as aspect ratio.
With Freeze Aspect.checked, the pattern will retain its size and be centered within the area defined
You have the option to rotate the pattern in 1º or 90º increments and/or flip it vertically and/or horizontally. Use the buttons below the pattern to place the pattern in the proper orientation.
To locate the position of the block you will input the locations of four points in order:
1. Lower Left Corner
2. Lower Right Corner
3. Upper Right Corner
4. Upper Left Corner
If a pattern is rotated or flipped on the screen it is stitched exactly the same inside the four location points. Cat00 is shown below rotated at 90º.
It is helpful to remember that the lower left corner of the pattern displayed on the screen corresponds to the lower left corner location point you designate on the quilt. This is true no matter the rotation of the pattern displayed
1. Click Start. The Block Size dialog box is displayed. Change the Minimum Margin to the desired number.
2. Move the needle to the lower left corner of the block and click the Black Button or OK. Continue following the instructions on the screen to enter the other three points in order. After the last point is entered the screen displays "Click to move to starting point."
3. Click once more and the needle moves to the starting point. As the needle moves to the starting point the dialog box displays "Moving to starting point". When the needle reaches the starting point a single stitch is made and the dialog status changes to "Pull up bobbin thread. Click to start:" The machine will not move away from this point so the easiest way to pull up the bobbin thread is to hold the top thread and slide a long straight pin under the hopping foot. As the pin emerges from under the hopping foot the bobbin thread comes with it. Grasp both threads and pull them up and out of the way. You will need to hold both threads taut as the tieoffs are made in the next step.
4. Click again while holding the threads. The tieoff stitches are completed and stitching begins. To pause the stitching, press either the Quick Pause or Pause button. See 7 Pause Stitching. If a thread break occurs or the stitching is stopped see 5.1.12 Restart Pattern.
5. When stitching is complete the final tieoff stitches are completed and the system returns to idle status.
Triangular shaped blocks are placed by identifying the 3 points of the triangle to fill. Load the pattern to use. Set Pattern Mode for Single Block then press Start
Click on Triangle as the area to be defined. Adjust the Minimum Margin as needed.
Following the on screen prompt, Click lower left corner of the triangle. Move the needle to locate and Click lower right corner, then the needle is moved to Click top of triangle.
With all three points identified, a display of the pattern placed in a triangle, as defined, is shown on the screen.
Pattern is shown inside a defined triangle
Working with the buttons displayed. The pattern Height and Width can be increased or decreased. The display will reflect the change in relationship to the defined triangle. The pattern position can be Moved in relationship to the triangle as well.
This diagram shows the location of points to be identified when triangles are in different positions.
Note: When resizing or moving a pattern in this mode, the pattern displayed remains stationary, while the triangle is shifted and resized.
Note: If Freeze Aspect is used, these patterns may not size correctly to the defined triangle.
Triangular Blocks Using “No Sew” Lines
Another way to locate a triangular pattern is to set up a “No Sew” line in AutoSketch when the pattern is drawn. See the AutoSketch User manual for more information on No Sew lines.
The picture below shows a triangular pattern drawn with no sew lines.
When this pattern was drawn, the proper margins were included for the triangle. To size and locate this pattern on your quilt:
a) Open the pattern for the block to be stitched.
b) Choose Repeat Blocks leaving repeats per Row and Rows at 1 each. Measure the base of the triangle and transfer to Total Width. Measure the height and transfer to Total Height.
c) Square up Quilt using the base of the triangle.
Click Start. Choose
e) Center of area is located at halfway along the baseline, and halfway to the top of the triangle
When stitching repeat blocks you set the width, height and orientation of the pattern and then you have several ways to locate the pattern on the quilt such as the upper or lower corners of the space, the center of the space and more.
In the previous section, Single Blocks, if the quilt was out of square relative to the sewing head, the squaring angle was determined when the four corners of the block were located. With repeat blocks the location of the pattern is designated using one point. Therefore it is important to use the Square up Quilt function as you stitch repeat blocks. Some guidelines for squaring up the quilt are:
à In allover patterns, each time the quilt is advanced. Use a row of blocks or any piecing that is repeated across the width of the quilt.
à In blocks, each time you prepare to stitch another block. Use one side of the block.
à In sashes, each time you prepare to stitch another sash. Use the long edge of the sash.
à In borders, each time you prepare to stitch a border or part of a border. Use the long edge of the border along a seam line.
Remember that the squaring angle is held in the system memory until you change it using the Square up Quilt function; set it to 0 from the options menu or when you close the file. You want to use the squaring angle for the area you are currently working on, not from the previous area.
Patterns whose Start and End are located at the outermost edges (Vert Diff = 0) will be continuous when repeated across a row. However patterns whose Start and End are not located at the outermost edges will not be continuous when repeated across a row. For these patterns you have the option of connecting the End of one pattern to the Start of the next in order to make it continuous.
The pictures below show pattern borde02a whose Start and End are not on the outermost edges of the pattern. In the first picture Use Start & End is not checked so the system places the outermost edges of the blocks next to each other.
The picture below shows the same pattern repeats with Use Start & End checked.
Another way to achieve the same results as the picture above is to uncheck Use Start & End and adjust the Horizontal Spacing to a negative number.
When a pattern is displayed on the screen and Repeat Blocks is checked you will see five red dots: four in the corners and one in the center. When Start is pressed for Repeat Blocks the screen below is displayed.
The first five options listed on this screen correspond to the five red dots on the display screen. As an example we will take the Upper Right Corner chosen above. To visualize this choose File > Print to print the pattern on the screen.
Although the red dots do not print, find and mark the location of the upper right red dot on you paper. Draw a vertical line on the right side of the pattern and a horizontal line across the top as shown below. The intersection of these lines is the upper right corner.
Once you choose the option to locate the pattern, move the needle to the location on the quilt that represents that position. In this example that is the upper right corner of the block. When the needle is at the correct position, click OK to input the location.
If you choose Upper Right Corner to locate your pattern, the dot you just located is positioned at that point. As an example we take a 12" block and size the Cat00 pattern to a height of 10". We will choose Upper Right Corner as the location point. If we then move the needle to the upper right corner of the block and click to input the location point, the stitched result is shown below right.
If you wanted to use the upper right corner but wanted to offset the pattern, then in Offsets input -1" in Horizontal and -1" in Vertical. This will give a 1" margin on all sides.
Another way to locate this pattern would be to choose Center of Area then move the needle to the center of the block. Using this method to locate the pattern means that the system has taken the center red dot and placed it at the location on the quilt that you designated as the center of the block.
Start of Pattern and End of Pattern are useful options for placing the start or end of a pattern at an exact point. An example is if you are joining a previously stitched segment of the border to the segment about to be stitched. The start and end points are noted on the display screen.
Same as Last Time is the exact point you used the last time the pattern was located.
End of Previous Set is used to locate the next row of stitching for an allover pattern. Place the needle over the last stitch of the last row and sewing will start on the next row.
In Repeat Blocks, in addition to the 9 options described above for locating a pattern, you can also choose to locate a pattern a certain distance from the point you designate. The Horizontal and Vertical Offsets are used to enter the offset distance.
For example, you want the pattern to be placed 3 inches to the right of the left seam. If you choose Lower Left Corner to locate the pattern with a Horizontal Offset = 3, the pattern will be stitched 3" to the right of the left seam and even with the bottom seam as shown below.
If you wish to preserve the aspect ratio of a single pattern such as keeping a tall, thin soldier tall and thin, you will need to check Repeat Blocks in Pattern Mode which makes the Actual Width and Actual Height of the pattern active.
1. Open the file. In Pattern Mode check Repeat Blocks. Note the 5 red dots in the corners and center of the pattern.
2. Also in Pattern Mode check Stop to cut thread between blocks to make the final tieoff.
3. Under the pattern, to the right check Freeze Aspect. Checking this means that when one dimension, either height or width, is changed the other dimension changes proportionately.
4. In Actual Width or Actual Height, highlight and change to the desired size and hit enter. Notice that the values for Actual Height and Actual Width change along with those for Total Height and Total Width in Pattern Mode. (You can also use the Measure tool see 10.5 Calculate Repeats and Rows for the Entire Quilt
5. Since we want just one repeat of this pattern leave Rows and Repeats per row at 1.
6. Square up the quilt.
7. Click Start. The Block size dialog box is displayed. Choose an option for locating the pattern. Move the needle to the corresponding position on the quilt and click OK.
8. You are instructed to "Click to go to starting point". Click OK.
9. The needle moves to the starting point. As the needle moves to the starting point the dialog box displays "Moving to starting point". When the needle reaches the starting point a single stitch is made and the dialog status changes to "Pull up bobbin thread. Click to start:" Pull up the bobbin thread.
10. Click again while holding the threads. The tieoff stitches are completed and stitching begins. To pause the stitching, press either the Quick Pause or Pause button. See 7 Pause Stitching. If a thread break occurs or the stitching is stopped see 5.1.12 Restart Pattern.
11. When stitching is complete the final tieoff stitches are completed and the system returns to idle status.
Many times you might wish to set the height or width of a pattern to an exact number such as fitting a pattern in a border or sash. Although patterns can be sized at any height or width, many patterns look better at a certain size or within a certain range of sizes. In these cases you have the option to set the actual height or width of a pattern before you begin adding repeats and rows
In this example all the borders are stitched along with the stitching for the interior of the quilt. The "working surface" referred to in the steps that follow is the area of the quilt that can be stitched without advancing the quilt. After stitching the top border and advancing the quilt, the interior of the quilt in the working surface should be quilted or at least stabilized before stitching the side borders. This prevents puckers or fullness at or near the border seam line. Some quilters choose to leave the side borders unquilted, basting them as the quilt is advanced, then unloading and turning the quilt to complete the side borders which are now parallel to the rollers.
The steps for stitching the borders as you stitch the interior of the quilt are:
1. Measure the side borders before loading the quilt. Make a note of the measurements.
2. Stitch the top border.
3. Stitch any interior quilting in the working surface.
4. Advance the quilt.
5. Stitch any interior quilting in the working surface.
6. Stitch the left side border in the working surface.
7. Stitch the right side border in the working surface.
8. Advance the quilt.
9. Continue stitching the interior, left side border and right side border until you reach the bottom border.
10. Stitch the bottom border.
If you are using a different thread color for the borders than you use for the quilt interior you should baste the borders as you quilt the interior. Rolling unquilted or unbasted borders on the rollers causes distortion of the borders and/or may result in puckers or pleats later. Stitch large meandering stitches over the borders or place straight pins parallel to the rollers to baste. Once the interior is completed and you reach the bottom of the quilt you can change thread and begin quilting the borders starting with the bottom border and move up. Remove the basting stitches before quilting in an area.
In this example we use the Heart10 pattern to stitch in a 3" border without corners. Use the same methods for stitching a sash.
1. Open Heart10. Notice that this is a directional pattern.
For this example we want the heart points to point to the interior of the quilt. Rotate the pattern as needed so the hearts are in the correct orientation.
2. In Pattern Mode check Repeat Blocks. Then click on the up arrow in Repeats per row.
3. Use Square up Quilt along the border seam line to enter the squaring angle.
4. Check Freeze Aspect. In Actual Height highlight the value, type 2.5 and press enter.
5. Uncheck Freeze Aspect.
6. In Pattern Mode check Use start and end.
7. Uncheck Stop to cut threads between blocks.
8. Use Measure to measure the length of the border. Leave the Measure screen displayed with the measured value.
9. Start adding Repeats per row until the Total Width is approximately the length you measured. If Total Width is larger than the measured length, the pattern will be slightly compressed to fit. If Total Width is smaller than the measured length, the pattern will be slightly stretched to fit.
10. On the Measure screen click Transfer to Total Width. (The Measure screen may be hiding behind the Main Screen). The length of the measured border is entered in Total Width.
Click Start. Determine which point you will
use to locate the pattern. In this case Start and the lower left corner are at
the same point. If you want the bottom edge of the border to sit near the
seamline use either Lower Left Corner or Start of Pattern. If you
wish to center the pattern in the border use
12. Stitch the top border. For use later when sizing the side borders, make a note of Actual Width and Actual Height.
When a pattern is rotated to stitch the side borders, what was height before is now width and repeats per row are now rows. Use the side border length you measured before loading the quilt to roughly size the side borders.
The bottom border is stitched in the same manner as the top border.
Connect corners to adjacent borders in one of two ways:
2 Choose coordinating patterns that are drawn to connect to each other. Size the height and/or width as needed.
To use this method simply stitch the corner as a single block. The four location points are the four corners representing the corner square. Stitch the border as described above. Change to Regulated Mode and connect with appropriate free motion designs.
Coordinating border and corner patterns should be drawn together so the start and end points are at the same point. The patterns are then separated and saved as two files, one for the corner and one for the border repeats.
Follow these steps for stitching connecting borders and corners.
It isn't always necessary to have a block or border pattern be continuous in a border or sash. You can use a single block pattern that has the start and end points at the same location.
The picture below shows six repeats of FEATH09. The pattern was first repeated three times and sized to fit the left half of the border. After the left half was stitched the pattern was flipped horizontally and stitched in the right half of the border.
When stitching angled sashes, such as the sashings around
blocks on point, you size the height, width and repeats as you normally do top
fit the space. Use Square up quilt to find the angle at which the system
rotates the pattern. For sashes that might be out of square it might be best to
use the center of the sashing to square up quilt. Use
Sizing and stitching allover patterns is similar to that of stitching borders. For this example we will stitch an allover pattern over a 75 x 95 quilt using Fan00. Two methods for sizing allover patterns are presented in this User Guide. The first method used the Measure function and is explained at 10.5 Calculate Repeats and Rows for the Entire Quilt. The second method is explained here.
1. Open Fan00. Check Repeat Blocks.
2. We want the actual height of the pattern to be 10.5 inches. Check Freeze Aspect. Highlight and change Actual Height to 10.5 and hit enter. Uncheck Freeze Aspect.
3. If you want the pattern repeats to connect, check Use Start and End.
4. First we adjust the width. Increase the Repeats per row until Total Width is approximately 75. In this case that is 7 repeats per row with a Total Width of 79.60.
5. Highlight the 79.60 in Total Width and change it to 75. Hit enter.
6. Now increase the Rows until Total Height is approximately 95. In this case it is 9 rows for a Total Height of 94.5. Now is the time to check the horizontal and vertical spacing between repeats and rows. Look at the pattern displayed on the screen. Increase and decrease the Horizontal Spacing and/or Vertical Spacing until you are satisfied with the layout. Rows that interlock will have a vertical spacing less than 0. To get a closer look at the spacing, click anywhere on the pattern section of the screen to see a magnified view. See 5.1.1 Pattern Display for more information.
7. Once you are satisfied with the spacing, highlight Total Height and change it to 95. Hit enter. The pattern is now sized to fit the quilt.
8. Choose File > Save Settings.
Now that the pattern is sized you see the entire number of rows and repeats displayed on the screen. Note that there is only one Start and one End. If this pattern were to be stitched in its entirety it would tieoff at the end of the first row and move directly to the second row to begin stitching.
You need to decrease the Rows until the Total Height fits in the throat of your machine. For this example we will use two rows.
1. Square up the quilt. See 11 Squaring Up the Quilt for more information.
2. Press Start. The location dialog box is displayed. For allover patterns the easiest place to locate the pattern is Upper Left Corner. Check Upper Left Corner. Move the needle to the upper left corner of the quilt and click the black button or OK.
3. You are instructed to "Click to go to starting point". Click OK.
4. The needle moves to the starting point. As the needle moves to the starting point the dialog box displays "Moving to starting point". When the needle reaches the starting point a single stitch is made and the dialog status changes to "Pull up bobbin thread. Click to start:" Pull up the bobbin thread.
5. Click again while holding the threads. The tieoff stitches are completed and stitching begins. To pause the stitching, press either the Single Stitch or Start button. See 7 Pause Stitching. If a thread break occurs or the stitching is stopped see 5.1.12 Restart Pattern.
6. When stitching is complete for the row, the final tieoff stitches are completed.
7. Use the Cut Bobbin key to bring up the bobbin thread and cut the threads. Click OK. The needle moves down and over to the start of the second row.
8. Bring up the bobbin thread. The tie stitches are taken then the row is stitched with ties stitched at the end.
9. Advance the quilt and square it up using seam lines or block intersections as a guide, not the previously stitched pattern.
10. .After the second row the pattern is located using End of Previous Set. This is the point where the pattern ended from the last row just stitched. Be sure that the end of the previous row is not advanced into the take up roller.
11. Click Start. Choose End of Previous Set. Move the needle to the end of the last row stitched and click OK.
12. The sewing head moves to the start of the next row and takes a single stitch. Pull up the bobbin thread and click OK. The tieoff stitches are made and stitching begins.
13. Continue with steps 6 – 12 until the quilt is completely stitched.
In some cases the height of a pattern takes up most of the sewing head throat space. Often this means that you need to advance the quilt slightly in order to use End of Previous Set to find the start of the next row then advance the quilt slightly again in order to stitch the next row.
1. After stitching one row of the pattern, remove the clamps from the side of the quilt and advance the quilt until the end of the stitching is several inches away from the take-up roller.
2. Move the sewing head so the needle is over the last stitch (End of Previous Set) and press Start.
3. Choose End of Previous Set and click OK. Click OK once more and the sewing head moves to the start of the next row of stitching and takes a stitch. At this point if you continued on to stitch the next row, the pattern may be too large for the sewing machine throat.
4. Place a pin where the needle entered the quilt. This is the Start of Pattern for this row. Click Cancel. You will need to advance the quilt a little more to be sure the pattern fits in the stitching area.
5. After advancing and re-clamping the quilt, place the needle over the pin, remove the pin and click Start.
6. Choose Start of Pattern and click OK. Continue to stitch the row.
Another method you can use to find the starting point of the next row is to add an extra row to the number of rows that can be stitched. When the machine moves to the start of the extra row it will take a single stitch. Mark this location with a pin then hit Stop.
Advance the quilt, clamp the sides and place the needle over the pin. Start the next row using Start of Pattern.
This is a second method you may use for stitching alternating patterns. The first method is described at 5.5 Alternating Patterns.
Alternating patterns are those designs that shift to the left or right slightly on every other row. The Cloud pattern below is an example of a pattern that is not shifted.
In order to have the clouds touch each other between rows and to look like clouds you use two patterns as shown below.
Row 1 is from one pattern and Row 2 is from the alternate pattern. To stitch alternate patterns you will stitch the Row 1 pattern on alternate rows and input a vertical spacing to leave room for the second pattern to be stitched in between the rows.
Start the first set of patterns by clicking on Upper Left Corner and marking the spot with a pin. This is shown by the red dot above.
After stitching the set of first pattern rows, load the second pattern, and use Upper Left Corner with a negative vertical offset, clicking on the pin. This will cause the machine to move down the offset amount and start stitching the second set of patterns.
It is advisable to try out this procedure on a test quilt until you are comfortable stitching it.
PrecisionStitch™ 6.4.0 and 7.0.0 included sets of files for clamshell and cloud patterns. These patterns were included in the Clamshells and Clouds directories respectively under Patterns PrecisionStitch™. The Clamshells directory contains fifty patterns for clamshells and the Clouds directory contains 28 patterns for clouds.
The files are named either Clamshellx or Cloudx where x is the number of full units. Cloud03 is shown below with its three full cloud units on the top row. Notice that the start and end points are identical.
These patterns are set up for just one repeat per row. They stitch from left to right across the top then immediately stitch from right to left across the bottom. You can add rows of patterns just as you normally do to fill up the stitching space. The Cloud03 pattern shown below is set at 1 Repeat per row with 2 rows.
You can uncheck "Stop to cut thread between blocks" and "Stop to cut thread end of each line". This will allow the sewing head to stitch all rows without stopping to cut threads.
Which pattern file you choose is determined by how large you want the clouds or shells and the size of the quilt. For this example we want to stitch clamshells on a 77 x 83 quilt and we want the clamshells to be 3" wide.
1. To find which clamshell pattern to use divide 77 (width of quilt) by 3 (width of clamshell) to get 25.667. Drop the fraction and you get 25.
2. Open the Clamshell25 file shown below. There are 25 full clamshells across the top row
3. In Pattern Mode check Repeat Blocks and check Freeze Aspect.
4. Highlight the 12.00 in Total Width, enter 77 and press Enter. The Total Height changes to 3.08 which is what we want. If the clamshell is 3 inches wide then two rows of clamshells is 3 inches wide. Uncheck Freeze Aspect.
5. Now add rows until Total Height nears 83 for this quilt.
6. A total of 27 rows gives a height of 83.16 inches. Highlight 83.16 in Total Height, enter 83 then press Enter.
7. Save Settings.
8. Decrease the number of rows until the Total Height is such that it can be stitched within the sewing head throat without running into the take up roller.
9. Continue stitching as an allover pattern.
As a pattern is being stitched, several events can cause the stitching to stop before the end of the pattern. Some examples are thread breaks, pressing Cancel or NO or a power interruption or outage. In these cases you can use the Restart Pattern function to resume stitching near the location where stitching was terminated.
When a pattern is displayed on the screen before stitching begins, the Restart Pattern button is not active. The reason for this is that no location information has been entered; therefore the system has no way of knowing where the pattern is located on the quilt. Once stitching has started, the location information remains in memory until the file is closed or the system or computer shuts down.
In the case of thread breaks or if the pattern information is still displayed on the screen you simply click Restart Pattern to continue the pattern. However, in cases where the file closed or the system or computer shut down you will need to locate the pattern again before using Restart Pattern.
When the thread breaks during stitching of single or repeat blocks with the Thread Break button pressed, the stitching stops and a notification screen is displayed. Click OK to close the screen. After fixing the thread break press the Option button at the head. Press the Next button until “Restart Pattern?” is displayed. Position the head near the point of restart and press the OK button. Press the Back or Next buttons until the head is positioned at the segment to be restarted. Press the OK button for a bobbin-up stitch. After pulling the bobbin thread, Press the OK to continue sewing.
If No or Cancel is pressed while a pattern is stitching the system status changes to idle. The pattern information is still displayed on the screen and Restart Pattern is active. Restart by following the Restart a Pattern instructions above.
When the location information has been lost such as caused by a power interruption you will need to relocate the pattern before you can restart it.
For repeat blocks this is easily done by pressing Start as the first step. Pressing Start will load the last pattern file used with its settings.
a. Choose Start of Pattern to locate the pattern and move the needle to the first stitch of the entire set being sewed.
b. Click OK. At the next prompt (“Click to go to Starting Point”), Click Cancel. The location information is now in memory.
c. Follow the Restart a Pattern instructions above.
Because single blocks are sized and located using four location points, it is more difficult to relocate and restart the exact pattern location and size.
Single block information is not stored the same as repeat blocks. The use of the Start button cannot be used restore the pattern and its settings.
What can be done is to log the information of the single block before sewing. Needed would be the actual pattern height, actual pattern width and squaring angle.
a. After restarting the system, pressing start will reload the pattern to default values.
b. Change the Pattern Mode to Repeat Blocks.
c. Enter the logged information for actual pattern height, width and squaring.
d. Use steps in 15.2.1 (a – c) for restarting repeat blocks.
Another method for restarting a pattern is using the Restart Screen. The restart screen function can be enabled by choosing Show Restart Screen from the Options menubar. The restart function is then accessed by clicking Restart Pattern. The magnified pattern is displayed with its segments alternately colored green and black. The upper right part of this screen gives you the option to cancel out of restart pattern or to magnify the pattern 2X or 3X times.
In the lower right section of this screen you are instructed to "Click on the segment at which to start:"
Use the Magnification buttons if needed to determine which segment to begin stitching and click on it. The segment is colored red and the dialog box asks "Start sewing with the red segment?"
still have the option to restart the same pattern until you close the pattern or until Start is pressed again.
If you choose Yes you are asked to "Click to go to starting point". Click OK. The needle moves to the starting point and you are asked "Is this the correct starting point?" At this point you can choose to start the stitching where the needle is now or you can click Back or Next to move the needle to the previous or next segment.
a) If this is the correct starting point click OK. Pull up the bobbin thread and click OK. The tieoff stitches are completed and stitching resumes.
b) If you need to move to a different segment click Back or Next. The needle moves along the pattern to the start of the segment. You can continue to click Back or Next as many times as you need to reach the thread break. When you reach the desired starting point, click OK. Pull up the bobbin thread and click OK. The tieoff stitches are completed and stitching resumes
c) If you have gone beyond the point in the pattern where the thread broke, click Cancel. You will need to click Restart Pattern and try again.
In Regulated mode you are able to set the desired stitches per inch from 4 to 20 in half stitch increments and you are guiding the machine by hand. Any pattern that is displayed on the screen is ignored in this mode. Use regulated stitching for any free motion quilting when an even stitch length is desired.
In this mode you will find it easier to disconnect the belts and use the auxiliary encoders because it is easier to guide the machine by hand and curves will not flatten out. However, if you wish to use the Channel Lock function, the belts must be engaged.
In Regulated mode you can use the following functions:
In Constant Speed mode you are able to guide the machine by hand with the motor set at a constant speed. In this mode stitch length is determined by the speed of the motor and how fast you move the machine. Any pattern that is displayed on the screen is ignored in this mode. Use constant speed stitching for any free motion quilting. On a Gammill quilter, this mode is usually used to wind the bobbin thread.
In this mode you will find it easier to disconnect the belts. With the belts disengaged it is easier to guide the machine by hand and curves will not flatten out.
In Constant Speed mode you can use the following functions:
1. Click Constant Speed on the Main Screen.
2. Disconnect the three belts on the machine front and rear and on the carriage.
3. Press Start to start the motor.
4. To increase/decrease the motor speed while stitching, press the Up/Down Arrow buttons on the keypad.
5. To stop the motor, press the Red Button or Stop.
When the AutoSketch option is chosen in Record mode, AutoSketch™ is called up and the drawing is created as you stitch. The needle becomes the curser. Use the Black Handle Button, Red Handle Button, OK and NO to click to enter points in AutoSketch just as you would use the left and right mouse buttons. You then save the pattern file for future use.
Before choosing Record Using AutoSketch you should close the AutoSketch program. If you want to record a pattern that you stitch free motion you will find it easier to disconnect the belts. The pattern will be recorded using the auxiliary encoders.
While you are in Record Using AutoSketch you choose a suitable AutoSketch drawing tool to trace or draw the segments of your pattern. The most commonly used tools are described below.
Use the single line tool to draw one line between two points. In AutoSketch, select the Single Line tool.
Use the line multiple tool to draw a series of connected lines. In AutoSketch, select the Line Multiple tool.
The green squares indicate the location points that were entered each time the black button was clicked.
Use this tool to draw curves and circles. In AutoSketch select the Three Point Arc tool.
Use this tool to draw free motion designs. When polylines are drawn they consist of a multitude of points along the line as shown below.
These many points make the file large but with PrecisionStitch 7.0.0 the large file does not affect the stitching speed.
After drawing a pattern with this tool you might wish to trace over the polyline with the three point arc and/or the line tools. This reduces the file size and the quilting time for the pattern.
Once you are finished drawing with the quilting machine you will save the SKF file In AutoSketch using File > Save Copy As. Providing a name for the file.
After using Save Copy As, close AutoSketch
AutoSketch will then be restarted, and the newly created file opened so you can tidy up the drawing to smooth out curves and straighten lines and ad required text commands.
1. Connect all the endpoints and order intersections if necessary.
2. Add "first" and "last" and any other notation needed on the pattern.
4. Once you are happy with the drawing, you need to save the file as a DXF R12 file for PrecisionStitch to read. Choose File > Save As… and save as an AutoCAD R12/LT2 DXF file.
To Record with the Needle On, press the Top Right Keypad button. Pressing the
In Record mode the Record/Sew Path. With this option you input points along a seam line, patch, set of patches or anywhere on the quilt you wish to stitch. You are able to input commands to turn the needle off or on. This allows you to jump from one area to the other to add stitching. Each time a needle is turned off or on, tie stitches are made unless Do tieoffs is unchecked in the Tieoff Stitches section.
Channel Lock is available in Record/Sew Path.
Once the points are entered the system stitches a straight line from one point to the next just like the childhood game, Connect the Dots.
The program records the position of the needle so accuracy is important. See 6 Inputting Location Points for tips on accuracy. The picture below shows two triangle patches that have been stitched. The green and red squares represent the location points.
The triangle on the left has perfect points while the triangle on the right has a chopped off point. When following patchwork, it is important to look ahead to the next point and visualize a line of stitching between the two points.
The picture below shows sloppy placement of location points.
Restart Pattern can be used if a thread break is encountered during the sewing of a Record/Sew Path operation. See 15 Restart Pattern
Record / Sew Path stitches a straight line between two points and Record / Sew Pattern stitches a pattern between two points. The patterns for PrecisionStitch 8.0.0 include some that begin with “P2P” for Point to Point. Use these patterns to try out Record / Sew Pattern.
There are several rules to follow in order to get the desired results.
The Start and End (First and Last in the drawing) must be on the same horizontal line (Vert Diff = 0).
When the distance between the two points is small, check Freeze Aspect to retain the height and width proportions.
When stitching a pattern in a border, set the actual height.
To use the Record / Sew Pattern feature.
1. In Record mode click Start
2. The Select Type of Recording screen is displayed as shown below.
3. Click on Record/Sew Pattern then click OK. The Block Size screen is displayed as shown below.
4. Channel Lock, Needle Off and Thread Break are available in Record/Sew Pattern.
5. Click the desired points. Click Stop after clicking the last point. You can input as many points as you
6. Click to go to starting point. The needle moves to the starting point and takes a single stitch. Pull up bobbin thread then click to start.
You have a small square that needs continuous curve quilting. Your continuous curve pattern looks like this:
1. Set Actual Height to .25.
2. In Record/Sew Pattern click Start.
3. Click the four corners of the block in a counter clockwise direction as shown below.
4. One pattern will be stitched inside the area between each of the points and the height will be .25 inches as shown below.
5. To stitch the pattern on the outside of the square, input the points in a clockwise direction as shown below.
6. One pattern will be stitched outside the area between each of the points and the height will be .25 inches as shown below.
If you combine patterns in the clockwise and counter clockwise directions your block will look like this.
While sewing, if a Thread Break is encountered, Restart Pattern is available for recovery. See 15 Restart Pattern.