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Installation Baby Lock Crown Jewel Tools Required Power drill 4mm Allen wrench 5mm Allen wrench Slotted screwdriver (one large and one small) Phillips screwdriver (one large and one small) Knife and/or scissors X-Rack Installation NOTE: Owners of the Majestic Frame should also have purchased a Pro-Stitcher shim kit (Item No.
Make adjustments to the placement of the blue fl exirack as necessary to align the blue fl exirack with the front white gear on the Pro-Stitcher carriage (Figure 3). Trim the fl exirack to length using a knife or wire cutters if necessary (the blue fl exirack does not nec- essarily need to extend the full width of the table and can actually be a couple of inches shorter on either...
Y-Rack Installation Carefully lay the quilting machine on its side (Figure 6). Underneath the base plates, near the wheels on the side of the machine facing up (the side with the thread tensioner and guides) there will be either two screws or two holes. If the screws are there, use a large slotted (fl at) screwdriver to remove the screws (Figure 5).
Setting up the New Carriage With the Pro-Stitcher carriage set properly on the frame system, untie the black twist ties that are binding the black cables in a loop. Drape the black cables over the back of the carriage as shown in Figure 7.
Carefully lift the quilting machine and place it on the carriage so the wheels engage the white carriage tracks, making sure not to set the wheels on top of the stitch regulator cable (this is easier to do with two people – one at each end of the quilting machine).
The small black cable with the black 3-connector C-Pod clip should be routed underneath the P-Pod (Figure 12) and snapped into the quilting machine’s “Y” encoder (Figure 13). The two black cables that run from the carriage up P-Pod to the computer should be clipped into the cable clip under the rear handlebar as shown in Figure 12 to help prevent these cables from getting caught on the edges of the carriage.
Computer/Touch Screen Monitor Assembly Remove the front handlebar from the front of the quilting machine, making sure to fi rst disconnect the handlebar cable from the side of the head and then remove the three hex-head bolts with a 5mm Allen wrench.
The black cable has three connections – two 9-pin serial connectors and one barrel connector for power (Figure 16). Insert the barrel connector into the center jack (Figure 20, B on next page) located on the bottom edge of the black box that is mounted to the back of the computer bracket (Figure 17).
Remove the computer from its packaging. Lift open the screen and rotate the display clockwise so the display covers the keyboard. Install the computer battery into the back of the computer. Install the computer into the computer bracket by sliding it into the black bracket from the top down- ward (Figure 18).
Levers Down = Gears Engaged / Computer Control Carriage Quick Release Levers To move the Baby Lock quilting machine around on the table after the program has loaded, press the “motors enabled” button on the top right-hand side of the touch screen. This toggles the motors be- tween being “enabled”...
Getting Started Setting up the Pro-Stitcher The Pro-Stitcher should be installed as outlined in the installation instructions on the previous pages. USB Flash Drive A USB fl ash memory stick is included with the Pro-Stitcher and is pre-loaded with more than 200 designs.
Navigating the Pro-Stitcher Screens The Pro-Stitcher has five menu buttons located on the right-hand side of most screens (Figure 3). These buttons will aid in navigating quickly through the menu screens. The button that is dark blue in- dicates the screen that is currently active. Here is a brief description of these screens: •...
Pro-Stitcher using the USB flash memory stick: *.hqf This is the “Handi Quilter” format as gener- ated by Art & Stitch and other software packages. the Baby Lock Pro-Stitcher will read all patterns in this format. *.qli This format is generated for Statler Stitcher ®...
The Design Library lists folders on the lower left- hand side and the actual patterns within those fold- ers on the right-hand side. A preview of the selected pattern is shown in the upper left-hand block. To browse through the USB flash drive, the following functions must be understood (Figure 7).
Step 2: Viewing the Pattern and Moving the Quilting Machine The pattern should now be loaded and visible in the black pattern window (Figure 9). The button at the top right-hand corner of most screens indicates the current state of the motors. If the button is green (Motors Enabled), then the motors are locked in position.
The Refresh button re-sets the zoom and pan back Pressing the reset home button will shift the pattern to their original settings so the entire pattern can be so that the current crosshair location will become viewed in the pattern window. the new “Home”...
Step 3: Setup Menu By pressing the “Follow” button, the button will turn Press the “Setup” menu button on the right to access green and the crosshairs will now be centered in the system settings. Beginners may only wish to ad- the pattern window.
Tie-Off Stitches: Tie-off stitches can be set to occur at Machine Speed Control: “Machine Speed” refers the beginning and end of the pattern as well as start to the speed at which the Pro-Stitcher will travel and end points of jump sections. Adjust the number through a pattern.
Step 4: Manipulating the Pattern Quilt Press the “Quilt” button to access the pattern manip- ulation and positioning tools and to begin stitching. There are many options on this screen (Figure 11) to alter the pattern to fit the needs of the quilt and the user.
the screen increase as they measure the distance the quilting machine is being moved. 4. With the needle in the top right-hand corner of the block, press the “Fit to Area” button. Figure 13 5. Verify that the pattern is now the correct size by looking at the top of the screen.
1. Enter the value of the desired pattern height by tapping the number box under “Height” and entering the desired height in the pop-up number pad. 2. Press the “Keep Aspect Height” button and the Pro-Stitcher will calculate the width required to maintain the current aspect ratio based upon the new height entered (Figure 14).
Rotate Press the “Rotate” button to enter the “Rotate” screen (Figure 16). There are three methods available to rotate a pattern. Figure 16 1. Pressing the counter clock-wise 45 button will rotate the pattern counter clockwise by 45 degrees. Pressing the clock-wise 45 button will rotate the pat- tern clockwise by 45 degrees.
identify two points by which to create an angle. For will not have been rotated at all. However, by press- example, assume a quilt is loaded and it happens ing “Start Point” and then moving directly to the left to be at a slight angle. The pattern that is loaded (180°...
Two-Point Cropping The Crop function can be used to cut off portions of a pattern that should not be stitched. It is possi- ble to crop any combination of the top, bottom, left and right edges of any pattern, whether it is a single block or an entire row of repeated blocks (also known as a pantograph or edge-to-edge design).
What if the First Crop was Wrong? • The bottom left or top right may be re-defined by moving the crosshairs to a new location and press- ing the appropriate button (“Bottom Left” or “Top Right”) to redefine that particular corner and then press the “Crop”...
The Cropping “L” and “7” Think of the “Bottom Left” tool as an uppercase letter “L”. When you slide the “L” along the de- sign, everything inside the “L” is saved. Every- thing to the left of and below the “L” goes away. Think of the “Top Right”...
3. If the patterns should be overlapped, enter the overlap distance in the appropriate “Distance Apart” box followed by the “Overlap” button. The value in the “Distance Apart” box will turn to a negative number (Figure 26). 4. If the pattern is designed to be a “Point to Point” or “continuous”...
Skew to Fit “Skew to Fit” allows horizontal and vertical repeats, but it also allows the user to enter the width and height of an area to be filled. Figure 27 1. Determine the area that is to be filled in one of two ways.
• As with the previous “Repeat” function, the repeated pattern will now be treated by the HQ Pro-Stitcher as a single pattern. 1. Determine the area that is to be filled in one of two • Determine the area that is to be filled in one (Within Area.jpg) This function allows the user to define the width and height of an area to be ways.
6. If the user only wishes to repeat in width, there is no need to enter anything in the “Height” box. Sim- ply enter the desired width in the “Width” box and press the “Repeat Width” button (Figure 30). The same can be done for repeating only height using the repeat height button.
Step 5: Positioning the Pattern After loading a pattern and manipulating the pattern as desired, the next step is to position the pattern on the quilt. Even though some of the previous steps require that the pattern be sized to a specific area, the pattern is not necessarily positioned within that area.
Drag From Here 3. The third way to position a pattern on the quilt is to use the “Drag From Here” function. This function allows the user to position the pattern based upon any point within the pattern block. Figure 34 1.
Step 6: Quilting the Pattern Save the Pattern First After all manipulations to the pattern have been per- formed, and prior to quilting the pattern, it is highly recommended that the user return to the “Library” screen (press the library button on the right-hand side of the screen) and SAVE the changes that have been made.
2. After performing a quick manual check, the user can press the “Trace Outline” button to allow the Pro-Stitcher to “outline” the perimeter of the pattern block. “Trace Outline” starts by moving the machine to the lower left-hand corner of the pattern block. A message will pop up to have the user verify that the needle is not down in the fabric before it moves (Figure 36).
Start Quilting Press the “Start Quilting” button to select or adjust some final quilting settings prior to stitching the pattern. Settings Figure 38 If the user decides to make some changes at the last minute to the settings included in the “Setup” menu (Figure 38), some of those changes can be made on this screen by touching the number box and entering a new value on the pop-up number pad.
(a green check in the “Start” box) or for every man- ual jump within the pattern (a green check in the “Entire” box). With both boxes blank, there will be no pause for trimming thread. A green check mark in a box indicates that the option is turned on, while an empty box indicates that it is turned off (Figure 38 on previous page).
Auto Turned Off If the “Auto” box is left blank (“Off”), the Pro-Stitcher performs the “Pull Up” in a manual mode and the following will occur at the beginning of the pattern (assuming the “On” option is selected): 1. The machine will move to the start point and take a full stitch.
Step 7: Functions Available While Quilting At the top of the screen while the Pro-Stitcher is quilting, is a banner with left and right arrows lead- ing to various functions (Figure 41). Press one of these arrows to cycle through the various function banners.
Press the right arrow from within the “Pause Delay” banner to get to the “Tie Off” banner (Figure 45). Adjustments can be made here relating to the length of the tie-off stitch, the number of tie-off stitches, and whether the tie-off stitch sequence is turned on at the beginning and end of a pattern.
New Start Point The “New Start Point” option can be used to scroll through the pattern to a point the user wishes to start from, rather than starting from the beginning of a pattern. If the system has been paused because the thread broke, typically the user would use the “Back up”...
If the “Auto Find” option box is selected, the user just has to move the quilting machine back to the desired resume point on the quilt (i.e., where the thread broke). The Pro-Stitcher will locate the clos- est point on the pattern to the current position of the quilting machine (Figure 50).
Back Up Pressing the “Back Up” button will bring the user to the “Back-up Screen” (Figure 51). Here the user is able to move backward or forward through the pat- tern with or without stitching. The speed at which the Pro-Stitcher moves forward or backward through the pattern defaults to 10.
Reset Current Resume Postion After locating the desired starting point in the pat- tern (either using the “New Start Point” feature or the “Back Up” feature), the user may notice that the quilt has shifted slightly so that the resume point in the pattern does not line up exactly with the cor- rect point on the quilt.
Pro-Stitcher Additional Features and Functions Software updates are available on the Baby Lock website as they are released at www.babylock.com/quilting/Pro-Stitcher/. Updates are available free of charge. Art & Stitch 1. Browse to the Pro-Stitcher software update page Art & Stitch is a design software that comes with and download the latest update file.
Close File Although closing a pattern file is not necessary, some users may want to clear out the pattern window. Pressing the “Close File” button will close the pat- tern file and clear the pattern window. Copyright Many pattern designers include copyright infor- Figure 53 mation as well as instructions on how to use their patterns within the pattern file itself.
Saving Files 1. Tapping the “Optimize” button opens a pop-up window with four optimizing options – Low, Med, It is highly recommended that the user save all alter- High and Very High (Figure 54). Low will have the ations prior to quilting the pattern. To save changes, least effect on speed and Very High will have the press the “Save”...
1. The line at the top center of the screen shows the 1. Open the design library by pressing the “Load” current path in which the file will be saved. The user Pattern button in the “Library” screen. can change the drive letter as well as the folder in which to save the pattern.
Additional Library Functions Library Screen - Load Pattern Additional File and Folder options are made available by pressing the “Options” button by the file name (for file options) or above the folder section (for folder options) (Figures 57 & 58). File Options File Options (Press the “Options”...
Folder Options Sort Folder Options (Press the “Options” button above the Sorting is available for the folder section as well as “Current Path” box). the file section of the design library. To delete a folder, tap once on the folder to be de- Press the “Sort z-a”...
Stitch Jog Speed With this button checked, the quilting machine will This is the speed at which the Pro-Stitcher will begin stitching when the Pro-Stitcher starts moving move the quilting machine when a direction arrow and stop stitching when it stops moving. is pressed.
Freehand “Freehand” allows the user to record the movement of the Pro-Stitcher and save the sequence of move- ments as a pattern file (Figures 61 & 62). Clear Figure 61 Press the “Clear” button to clear the pattern window before starting to record. Start Record Make sure the “Motors Enabled/Disabled”...
Pause Record When finished, or if the user wishes to add a “Jump” to a recorded pattern, press “Pause Record” (Figure 63). Move the machine to a new position and press “Resume Record,” followed by the “Motors Enabled” button to begin recording again (which will add a dashed line representing a Jump) if desired.
Help “Help” buttons are located on most screens to aid the quilter in the use of the Pro-Stitcher. To use the “Help” feature, press the “Help” button. Question marks will appear on the buttons that have “Help” information associated with them (Figure 65). To receive instructions regarding a particular button, press that button.
Pro-Stitcher Advanced Features Advanced Features The Pro-Stitcher has some advanced features that may be used for trouble-shooting, diagnosing is- sues or simply making some advanced adjustments. These features can be accessed by pressing the “Advanced” button from within the “Setup” screen (Figure 68).
Needle Up Go Key Regulation Commands the needle to move to the “Up” position. Start the quilting machine’s motor in Stitch Regula- tion mode. Stop Regulation Reset Head Stops the quilting machine’s motor. Sends a command to the quilting machine to re-set and cut off the communication path.
Pro-Stitcher Advanced Features (Continued) 4. Close Pro-Stitcher The “Scripts,” “Time in Driver,” and “Update Loop” boxes at the top are used by Baby Lock to diagnose This button shuts down the Pro-Stitcher software certain software-related issues. The five buttons and leaves the user in the Windows desktop...
Indicators & Information Boxes During the stitching process, there are several indi- cators and information boxes that can help the user understand what the Pro-Stitcher computer is doing (Figure 70). • “Processing” – lights up when the computer is processing the pattern file. •...
Problem/Symptom Corrective Measure Pro-Stitcher Troubleshooting Guide No Display on the Touch-Screen Monitor LED under the battery symbol at The Pro-Stitcher computer is powered off. Make certain the power cord to the Pro- the bottom left corner of the Stitcher is plugged into a powered outlet on one end and the power supply under the screen is OFF.
Problem/Symptom Corrective Measure The X and/or Y axis quick release levers are not engaged When the quilting machine is Make sure the quick release levers on the carriage are allowing the white gears to pushed by hand, the horizontal engage the blue rack.
Problem/Symptom Corrective Measure it. If the computer says it wants to “reformat” the flash drive then the flash drive has gone bad and will need to be replaced. If it opens but there are no files on the flash drive, the designs may have been inadvertently deleted. All designs that are pre- loaded on the USB Flash drive are also located on the Pro-Stitcher “D:\”...
Procedure for Calibrating the Touch-Screen Monitor This procedure resolves the issue of the touch screen being activated at a point inconsistent with where the stylus is being pressed. It may be necessary to use a USB mouse if the calibration is too far off. 1.