I just finished adding a light bridge to my wife's robotic long arm
machine. The bridge is 127" long. Side supports 1/2" Baltic birch, the
actual bridge is 3/4" Sandy plywood, and high density ribbon LED
lighting with remote control.
I'll probably not paint or stain. She may cover with a fabric.
We'll see if there is ever any sag, that span is over 10'. But that wide
portion in the center should add resistance. The bottom is set in a
grove on the front and back sections. And while difficult to see the
fronts and backs are actually 4 pieces of plywood. The joints are
reinforced with.....Dominos and pocket hole screws.
Nice. But in this case I think you'd have to admit that there's even
more impressive work ON the sewing machine than OVER it. :) What's the
smartphone for, by the way? I'd be awfully disappointed to find out that
the sewing machine was just a giant automated add-on for a quilting app.
Ill see if I can't get a picture of the quilt before she delivers it.
she is only doing the quilting of the top, middle, and bottom sections
so it will not be complete but you will get a good idea of what it will
;~) Of all the tools and equipment that I own, she has more money
invested. This is just one of three sewing machines, although the most
That puts you in a very good position to buy more tools.
My wife keeps busy with her robotic HandiQuilter Avante, her Bernina
830, a Melco 16 needle industrial embroidery machine, some $$$ software,
two sergers and a couple basic Singers (for teaching). More costs for
two weeks training in Denver on Melco maintenance/repair.
Don't know if she'll recover all her expenses, but it won't be for lack
of trying, by a woman who hated any form of sewing until after she retired.
I've gathered more woodworking tools than I really need, but I think her
investment is much more than mine. But I think there might be room in
the garage for another motorcycle or two...
Yes! the quilt is gorgeous. A good freind/customer made the top of the
quilt. My wife is doing the mating/quilting with a very intricate design.
Are you talking about the 10" tablet? That is the brains to the
robotics. My wife tells the software to map the movement of the machine
while she moves the machine to lay out an area for the pattern to be
sewn onto. After that she has a x,y coordinate system that shows her
where the machine is relative to the quilt. She then imports a pattern
for the machine to sew into the area she set. On this particular quilt
there are probably 40 unique patterns that the machine will sew, in
about 150 different areas.
For the first 10 years that she has owned this particular machine she
did all of the mating/quilting of the surfaces by guiding the machine
with the front or rear handle bars. About 6 weeks ago she went robotic,
very much like a 2D CNC machine, but no saw dust. ;~)
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