You don't need a c axis. Having a long arm machine is very helpful,
but most commercial units now use rollers to "take up" and "let out"
the material as necessary to fit under the arm of the machine. As to
the feed, the presser foot is left doen, but the feed dogs are
lowered so the motors can move the material through the machine.
There is an 800 or so buck kit made to CNC the roller table that most
quilters are familiar with (You wife will know it; it's likely the
one she's using now!) I can't remember the name right now, but they
are online. Overnight millionaires. The cnc kit is an add-on to their
product, since their patent is pretty strong...
There is also a cnc sewing machine project online that some high
school kids made (link is on another computer)
I was looking very seriously into this as a product a year and a half
ago; but when I saw the 8 hunnerd buck product, which is really nice,
Video of operation online, It just didn't make sense to try and
Hope this helps,
--- In email@example.com, John Johnson <johnatl@m...> wrote:
> On Friday, Oct 31, 2003, at 15:49 US/Eastern, gmayhew2001 wrote:
> > Just finished building my CNC Router from Joyn Kleinbauer plans
> > HobbyCNC controller. Using TurboCNC for control. Works great.
> > The wife does machine quilting (using a sewing machine on an X Y
> > trolley to sew the quilting stitches). After seeing the CNC
> > she asked, can you CNC control the quilter?
> I can't help with your problem, but wanted to add: I saw a CNC
> at the Bobbin Show in Atlanta. It sounds like a four-stroke Weed
> The whole quilt was stretched on a frame, and the sewing head moved
> around the quilt. Not sure what was happening under the quilt to
> the stitch, or what have you.
> Although the material would give enough to allow you not to worry
> the start/stop of a single stitch, the acceleration of the sewer
> be a problem. You also need a C or theta axis to turn the sewing
> machine. That would be interesting too.
> Send pictures when you finish it :-)
> The different branches of Arithmetic- Ambition, Distraction,
> Uglification, and Derision.
> -Lewis Carroll: Alice in Wonderland