Perfect Stitch Manual
User Interface Manual
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About Perfect Stitch
Perfect Stitch makes any quilting machine “NEW” again.
Perfect Stitch is the perfect answer for quilters looking to personalize
their machine with their favorite color, achieve perfect results with the
markets’ leading stitch regulator, stitch smoothly around corners, and
control the machine with ease using a color display. Not only is it the
best machine upgrade, it makes other machines jealous!
About Quilt-EZ
Located in Northern Utah, Quilt-EZ was founded on a single goal: to
simplify your life. What started as a friendly favor has now grown into
an international company and a full-fledged manufacturer of quilting
products. Our products have been designed in-house and sold under
various names and for multiple companies since 2005. Our growth is
a result of you, and our goal remains the same — to provide quilters
everywhere with products and knowledge that fulfill their wants and
simplify their life!
This Manual
This manual was written to help you understand how to use the
features of Perfect Stitch. Be sure to check at quilt-ez.com/support to
find answers to frequently asked questions, tutorials, and other helpful
information about using Perfect Stitch.
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7” Color Touchscreen Display
Ergonomic, Adjustable Handle Bars
High Power Density Brushless Motor
Handle Bar/Display Wires
3-Pronged Power Cord
Stitch Regulation Control Box
Dedicated Handle Bar Power Supply
Rear Display/Handle Bars
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Table of Contents
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Tablet User Interface
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Display
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Navigation
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Home
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Stitches Per Inch (Stitch Spacing)
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Lighting
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White/Black Light
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Slider
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Sewing Parameters
Stop Mode
Tie-Offs
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Speed
Needle Position
Stitching Mode
Handle Bar Buttons
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File Menu
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Save Settings
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Counter
Calculator
Advanced
Diagnostics
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Counters
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Stitch Counter
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Run Time
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Profile Settings
Profiles (1-5)
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Measure
Set Start/Set Stop
Prec SPI
Baste SPI
Idle SPI
Idle Speed
Manual Speed
Handle Bar Buttons
Robotics
No Robotics Connected
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Tablet User Interface
The Tablet UI is divided into two main parts: (1) Navigation and (2) Display.
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Navigation
Icon Names
From left to right, the touchable icons in
the navigation area are:
»»
»»
»»
»»
Home
Lighting
File Menu
Sewing
Parameters
»» Counters
»» Profile
Settings
»» Measure
»» Robotics
Non-menu Navigation
Icons
The number on the far right of
the navigation is not a menu.
It displays the currently active
quilter profile.
Active Navigation Menu
The active menu is indicated by a green
box highlighting the navigation icon. In
the screenshot above, Home is the active
menu.
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Display
Parts of a Menu
The display of each menu consists of areas, buttons, and fields.
Area
Button
Field
Area
An area is defined by a light tan box with rounded corners.
Button
A button is anything that can be pressed to perform an action.
Field
A field is where numeric data is displayed.
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Home
The Home menu consists of the (1) counter field and five areas: (2) stitch spacing, (3)
speed, (4) needle position, (5) stitching mode, and the (6) handlebar buttons.
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Counter
What It Does
The Counter displays your current total
runtime. (See page 28 for more about the
Counters menu.)
Counter
Counter Menu
Tapping on the Counter field will take you
to the Counters menu.
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Stitches Per Inch (Stitch Spacing)
What It Does
The Stitches Per Inch field shows you how
many stitches per inch your machine is
quilting.
To increase or decrease the stitch spacing,
press the plus or minus button.
Stitch Spacing
Quilter Profile Stitch Spacing
Any changes made to the Stitches Per Inch
setting will also change the stitches per inch
of the active quilter profile’s stitches per
inch settings.
Units of Measurement
If Perfect Stitch is set to metric units, the
stitch spacing is shown as millimeters per
stitch.
Speed
What It Does
Speed adjusts the speed at which your
machine stitches. It measures this as a
percentage of the maximum speed, which
is about 3,000 stitches per minute.
Stitching Mode Speed
Only the Manual Stitching and Idle
Stitching modes allow you to adjust
stitching speed.
Speed
Needle Position
What It Does
Needle Position determines which position
your needle will rest in once the machine
arm has stopped.
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The needle position is a general setting that
applies to all stitching modes.
Use the up and down buttons to set your
needle position setting.
Counter
Stitching Mode
What It Does
Perfect Stitch has four (4) different
stitching modes available for use:
»» Precision Stitching
»» Manual Stitching
»» Idle Stitching
»» Baste Stitching
The green button indicates the active
stitching mode. To switch to a new
stitching mode, tap the appropriate
button.
Stitching Modes
Stitching Mode Settings
There are two possible settings for each
stitching mode: speed and stitch spacing
(SPI).
You can adjust the stitching mode
settings either by using the Stitches Per
Inch and Speed on the Home menu or
by accessing Settings in the Profile
Settings menu.
Stitching Mode Setting
Restrictions
Adjusting stitching mode settings varies
by stitching mode. The table at right
indicates which settings can be adjusted
for each stitching mode.
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Stitching Mode Settings
Stitching
Mode
Precision
Stitching
Manual
Stitching
Idle
Stitching
Baste
Stitching
Adjust
Speed
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Adjust
SPI
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Precision Stitching
While in the Precision Stitching mode,
the speed of the needle is regulated by
how quickly or slowly you move the
handlebars. To give you consistent, even
stitches, the needle only stitches after
you press the start button and move the
handle bars.
Precision Mode
Speed Settings
Because Precision Mode regulates the
stitching speed to ensure consistent
stitch spacing, you may not adjust the
stitching speed.
Stitch Spacing (SPI) Settings
The stitch spacing can be set from 4 to 22
stitches per inch.
Manual Stitching
While in Manual Stitching mode, the
motor stitches the needle at a constant
speed regardless of whether you move
the handle bars or not.
Speed Settings
Because Manual Stitching is constantly
stitching, you may set the speed of
Manual Stitching mode.
Precision Mode
Stitch Spacing (SPI) Settings
Because Manual Stitching is constantly
stitching, you may not set the stitch
spacing of Manual Stitching mode.
Idle Stitching
Idle Stitching is a hybrid of both
Precision Stitching and Manual
Stitching.
While in Idle Stitching mode, the speed
of the motor driving the needle adjusts
to how quickly or slowly you move the
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handlebars. When you are not moving
the handle bars, the machine will idle
and eventually time out.
Speed Settings*
In Idle Stitching Mode, the speed set
controls the speed at which the needle
idles. This speed can be set from 5% to
40%.
*The speed setting for Idle Mode has no
effect on the regulated stitching speed.
Stitch Spacing (SPI) Settings
Because the stitch spacing is regulated,
you can set the Stitches Per Inch.
Remember that when you aren’t moving
the handle bars, the needle will still stich
at an idle speed.
Baste Stitching
Baste Stitching is used to baste your quilt
layers together.
Speed Settings
You may not adjust the stitching speed in
Baste Stitching Mode.
Stitch Spacing (SPI) Settings
Baste Mode
You can adjust the stitch spacing as
normal.
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Handle Bar Buttons
What It Does
Each handle bar of your Perfect Stitch
upgrade contains two programmable
buttons. These four buttons can be
programmed to perform functions.
For more on programming handle bar
functions, see Profile Settings on
page 30.
Touchscreen Handle Bar Buttons
In addition to pressing the buttons
on the handle bars, the programmed
function for each button can be engaged
by pressing the respective color key on
the Home menu display.
Left Handle Bar
Right Handle Bar
The blue and white buttons of the left
handle bar are located in the lower-left
corner of the Home menu display, while
the red and green buttons of the right
handle bar are located in the lower right
of the Home menu display.
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Lighting
The Lighting menu controls the LED lights located under your handle bar cover.
Perfect Stitch includes both a white light and a black light.
Brightness Slider
What It Does
The Brightness Slider adjusts the
brightness of the white LED lights.
Adjust Brightness
To adjust the brightness of the white LED
lights, press the plus and minus buttons.
Pressing and dragging on the slider knob or
tapping on the slider track will also adjust
the brightness of the white LED lights.
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White Light/Black Light
What It Does
To activate or deactivate a light, press the
white or black light button.
Active Light
If the light button is green, then that light is
activated. Also, the Lighting icon in the
navigation menu changes to indicate which
light is active.
Right Handle Bar
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File Menu
The File menu contains Calculator, Save Settings, Advanced, and Diagnostics.
Calculator
What It Does
Calculator can help you perform basic
calculations. Any numbers in the number
field will remain even after the calculator
is closed.
Calculator Memory
The calculator is able to store a number
in the calculator memory for later use.
Below is an explanation of the memory
keys.
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MC – Memory Clear. Clears out any
number in the memory to be zero.
MR – Memory Recall. Recalls the number
in memory as if you had keyed the number
in.
MS – Memory Store. Stores the number in
the number field in the calculator memory.
M+ – Memory Add. Adds the current
number in the number field to the number
in memory. Then, this sum becomes the
new number in memory.
Save Settings
What It Does
Profile and machine settings are
automatically saved every five minutes.
Save Settings saves all of the Perfect
Stitch settings that are part of the quilter
profile as well as global settings, such as
the counter totals and the currently open
menu. This is helpful if you have made
changes to the settings but need to turn
off your machine right away.
Save Your Settings
Press the Save Settings button.
After pressing Save Settings, a window
will appear confirming that your current
settings have been saved.
Save Settings
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Advanced
What It Does
The Advanced button leads you to a
second level menu. The options in this
menu are system related, and won’t be
accessed often.
Timeout
Timeout allows you to customize
how many seconds Perfect Stitch will
remain active without user input before
becoming inactive.
Perfect Stitch will not timeout if the
encoders sense any movement. If Perfect
Stitch is not timing out, make sure that
nothing is causing the encoders to sense
movement.
Time Out
System Information
The System Information button displays
information about your Perfect Stitch
software. There are three layers of
information: the Quilt EZ screen, the
Qt Screen, and the License Information
screen. These screens contain information
about which version of software,
robotics, and quilting machine you are
currently using, as well as some licensing
information.
System Information
System Log
The System Log button displays a record
of any errors that have occured. When
troubleshooting Perfect Stitch, you may
be asked to provide information from the
system log.
The system log contains the Reset, Save,
and Exit buttons.
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Reset
The Reset button temporarily clears all
of the recorded actions from your system
log. The system log will be restored upon
pressing the Exit button.
Save
The Save button will save the contents of
the system log to any currently inserted,
compatible USB stick. Once the system
log is saved, the system log contents are
deleted from the tablet.
Exit
The Exit button returns you to the
previous menu.
Update System
Update System is used to update your
Perfect Stitch, which can include the
stitching, tablet, and robotics systems.
Pressing the Update System button while
an update-loaded USB is inserted will
lead you to an update menu.
Update Machine
Update Machine is used to only update
the firmware of the stitching system.
Pressing the Update Machine button
while an update-loaded USB stick is
inserted will lead you to an update menu.
Update System
Update Machine
Maintenance
The Maintenance button displays a
reminder of when to next oil your
machine. The Maintenance button
records the total time your machine has
been operating since it’s last lubrication.
Reset
If you service your machine before the
end of the eight-hour countdown, you
can reset the maintenance countdown by
pressing the Reset button.
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If you do not service your machine before
the end of the 8 hour countdown, a
maintenance reminder will display on the
screen.
Robot Demo Interface
Robot Demo Interface allows access to
the robotics user interface. The features
of the robotics interface can be explored
without causing your machine to react by
stitching.
Robot Demo Interface
The demo is used mostly by dealers as a
way to explain the features of the robotics,
and should never need to be engaged.
Metric Units
If Perfect Stitch is set to metric units,
the relation of stitches to units of
measurement is inversed. In other words,
it shows you the number of millimeters
per stitch, not the number of stitches per
millimeter. Also, measurments will be
displayed in metric units.
Metric Units
To enable metric units, tap on Metric
Units.
Disable Robot Port
Disable Robot Port allows you to disable
any robotics connected to your quilting
machine. This is most often used to
troubleshoot machine service issues and
will not commonly be engaged.
Disable Rear Port
Disable Rear Port allows you to disable
the rear port of your quilting machine.
This is most often used to troubleshoot
machine service issues and will not
commonly be engaged.
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Diagnostics
What It Does
Diagnostics contains tools to determine
if your quilting machine is operating
optimally. These tools are the Motor
Index, Motor Encoder, Motor Settings,
Temperature, Top Encoder, Bottom
Encoder, Handle Bar Buttons, Needle
Up/Down, and the Jog Dial.
Motor Index
The Motor Index measures the number
of needle ups and tracks whether the
needle is up or down.
When the Motor Index button is pressed,
it displays the total number of needle ups
recorded on the index sensor board since
the machine was last turned on.
Motor Index
Motor Encoder
The Motor Encoder measures your
machine speed. It is used to test that the
motor is operating at normal levels. The
measurements in the Motor Encoder
reset to zero every time you display them
by pressing the Motor Encoder button.
Motor Encoder
Motor Settings
Motor Settings allows you to adjust
performance settings of the motor. If
improperly changed, these settings
can damage your machine. Because
of this, these settings are password
protected. ONLY ADJUST THE MOTOR
SETTINGS UNDER THE DIRECTION
OF TRAINED SUPPORT PERSONNEL.
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Temperature
The Temperature button displays the
current operating temperature of your
motor. Safe levels of operation are under
100 degrees Celsius. If your motor
exceeds safe levels, an error message will
display on the tablet screen.
If your machine temperature displays
above 100 degrees Celsius, contact your
local dealer for support.
Top Encoder
The Top Encoder button displays the Y
coordinates of the stitching system. The
number displayed should change when
you push the handle bars away from or
towards yourself.
Temperature
Top Encoder
Bottom Encoder
The Bottom Encoder button displays the
X coordinate of the stitching system. The
number displayed should change when
you push the handle bars to the left or to
the right.
Handle Bar Buttons
The Handle Bar Buttons can be tested
from Diagnostics. To test the buttons,
you must press the buttons on the handle
bar. The handle bar buttons on the tablet
screen are not functional.
Bottom Encoder
Pressing a handle bar button while in
Diagnostics will engage that button’s
programmed function. When a handle
bar button is pressed, the corresponding
button in Diagnostics will turn green to
indicate that it is working properly (see
the red button in the screenshots at right).
Unlike any other menu, pressing a handle
bar button while in Diagnostics will not
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return you to the Home menu.
Needle Up/Down
The Needle Up/Down area contains
buttons to test the needle up and needle
down function of your stitching system.
Press the up and down buttons to raise or
lower the position of your needle.
Needle Up/Down
Jog Dial
The dial button gives you access to the
Jog Machine area.
From time to time, your machine may
become bogged down to the point where
the needle is stuck and refuses to move.
If this happens, it may be necessary to
“jog” the machine.
Jog Your Machine
To jog your machine, select one of the
two jog settings. After a setting is selected,
use the plus or minus buttons or touch
and drag the dial. The two jog settings are
Position Mode and Power Mode.
Position Mode
Position Mode will apply as much power
as it needs to move the needle to the predetermined up/down positions. Negative
values run the motor in reverse, while
positive values run the motor as normal.
Jog Dial
Position Mode
Power Mode
Power mode will send power directly to
the motor of your stitching system. This
mode is recommended to “jog” your
machine.
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Sewing Parameters
The Sewing Parameters menu contains Stop Mode and Tie-Offs. These are used
to set what actions your machine will take whenever it stops stitching and how many
stitches to use for a tie-off.
Stop Mode
What It Does
Stop Mode contains three buttons: Ndl
Pos, Quick, and Tie Off. Only one button
can be active at a time.
Ndl Pos (Needle Position)
When the Ndl Pos button is selected, the
stopped needle will return to the needle
position of the currently active quilter
profile. (For more on quilter profiles, see
page 30.)
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Quick
When the Quick button is selected,
whenever a needle is stopped using
a handlebar button, it will stop
immediately, regardless of its current
needle position.
Tie Off
When the Tie Off button is selected, the
stopped needle will tie off the number of
times specified in the Tie-Offs area.
Tie Offs
Quick
Tie Off
What It Does
The Tie-Offs area sets how many stitches
your machine will stitch to tie-off the
thread.
Adjust Tie-Offs
Press the plus or minus buttons to add or
remove stitches to your tie off settings.
Adjust Tie-Offs
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Counters
The Counters menu contains the Run Time and Stitch Counter areas.
Run Time
What It Does
Runtime is measured between pressing
the start button and when Perfect Stitch
times out. Turning the machine off and
on will not reset the total recorded run
time.
Reset
To reset the recorded run time to 0, press
the Reset button.
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Stitch Counter
What It Does
Stitch Counter displays the number
of stitches the machine has completed.
Turning the machine off and on will not
reset the recorded number of stitches.
Reset
To reset the recorded stitches to 0, press
the Reset button.
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Profile Settings
Profile Settings allows you to adjust your quilter profiles. Profile Settings contains
Profiles (1-5), Stitching Mode Settings, and Handle Bar Buttons.
Profiles (1-5)
What It Does
There are five unique quilter profiles
available in Perfect Stitch. Each profile
can have unique settings from the other
profiles. The active profile is displayed
in the top right corner of the navigation.
(Profile 1 shown above)
Any changes made here will be reflected
in the corresponding stitching mode
settings shown on the Home menu.
The active profile is indicated by the green
button color. To select a different profile,
tap on a numbered profile button.
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Stitching Mode Settings
What It Does
These are the settings for the currently
selected quilter profile. Changes made
from the profile settings affect their
corresponding Home menu settings, and
vice versa. To change a setting, tap on its
number field and use the plus and minus
buttons above or below it.
Prec SPI:
This adjusts the stitches per inch
setting for Precision Mode. (For more
information about Precision Mode, see
page 13.)
Baste SPI:
This adjusts the stitches per inch setting
for Baste Mode. (For more information
about Baste Mode, see page 14.)
Idle SPI:
This adjusts the stitches per inch setting
for Idle Mode. (For more information
about Idle Mode, see page 13.)
Idle Speed:
This adjusts the Idle speed setting for Idle
Mode. (For more information about Idle
Mode, see page 13.)
Manual Speed:
This adjusts the stitching speed setting
for Manual Mode. (For more information
about Manual Mode, see page 13.)
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Precision Mode
Baste Mode
Idle Mode
Idle Speed
Manual Speed
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Handle Bar Buttons
What It Does
Handle Bar Buttons can be uniquely
configured for each quilter profile. The
blue and white buttons located in the L
area program the left handle bar buttons,
while the red and green buttons located
in the R area program the right handle
bar buttons.
Handle Bar Functions
To program a button, tap on it. To replace
the current function, Select a function for
the handle bar button.
The table on the next page includes each
function icon, it’s name, and a description
of what the function does.
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Handle Bar Button Functions
Icon
Function
Description
Full Stitch
Complete one full stitch (needle up and down)
Half Stitch
Complete one half of a stitch (needle up or
down)
Start
Activate current Stitching Mode
Precision
Switch to Precision Mode
Idle
Switch to Idle Mode
Tie Off
Tie Off the thread
Baste
Switch to Baste Mode
Manual
Switch to Manual Mode
None
No function assigned to button
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Measure
The Measure Menu allows you to make quilt measurements using Perfect Stitch.
Set Start/Stop
What It Does
Set Start/Stop allows you to take
measurements between two points on
your quilt using hardware built into
Perfect Stitch.
Take a Measurement
To begin a measurement, position the
needle directly over the start of where you
would like to measure. Once the needle is
positioned, press the set start button.
Perfect Stitch will now record the distance
between wherever you move the needle
and the start point. This distance will
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display on the screen as you move the
needle.
Stop Measuring
To stop measuring, press the Stop
button. Note that the last measurements
taken will remain displayed until a new
measurement is taken.
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Robotics
The Robotics Menu is a link to the robotic quilting system user interface. Tap the
icon to navigate to the robotic quilting system user interface.
Robotics
No Robotics Connected
If your machine is not currently
connected to a robotic quilting system,
Then the icon will be colored grey,
indicating it is inactive.
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