The automated quilting software are intuitive tools that allow you to design quilt designs by using built-in patterns or by scanning pictures for inspiration. But the primary objective of an automated quilting software is to handle the quilting process automatically.
The benefits of using an automated quilting solution are numerous. It allows you to focus more on the design process than the actual quilting which is a time-consuming task and slows you down.
The computerized quilting systems are not cheap. However, if you have decided to use one, it is important that you find the right quilting software for your quilting machine.
Today, in this article, we take a look at the best-automated quilting software that allows you to work on other projects while the computer is handling stitching.
Quilter's Creative Design Software (recommended)
This software is the most intuitive and easy-to-use for all types of users. You can use it to design and print custom quilt layouts on from your personal PC. You will start to work on it with a pattern library. It is great, especially when you simply want to sketch something that will be developed later or simply if you want to create a look-alike model.
In case you have some skills and you would like to do it by yourself, Quilter’s Creative Design Software lets you design your own patterns by using its powerful pattern maker tool. You can design entire quilt layouts and print them on your home printer so you can study them and see if everything was done right in terms of concept. A great feature is tracing patterns from photographs and using them for quilting.
In terms of customer service, Quilter’s Creative Design Software team will be in touch with you anytime you will have a question and will be perfectly able to guide you through your quilting process. The product comes in 2 versions, simple and Pro which gives you a wider range of features but it also comes with a bigger price.
Brother THE Dream Motion Software
- Price – N/A – Available on Retail Stores
Brother the sewing and quilting machine manufacturer also offers THE Dream Motion Software. It is a quilting automation software that is compatible with Brother machines including the DreamWeaver, DreamCreator, and Dream Quilter series.
The intuitive layout and simple user interface make it ideal for both professionals and beginners. You can create, design, edit layout and quilt the design with absolute precision.
The software requires you to use a Windows OS running PC or a compatible tablet for automated quilting. The tablet is not included in the software package.
Using THE Dream Motion Software, you can mirror and rotate patterns and place them on your quilt with precision. The automated quilting process handles and stitches your quilt designs accurately on the fabric.
Switching between computerized quilting and free-hand quilting is easy too. The built-in pattern library consists of over 200 designs. If you opt for the Pro version, you can create your own patterns as well.
There are 8 different methods to align patterns in relation to your quilt. The PantoStacker allows you to create and edit pantographs with ease.
The Pro version of the software comes with extra set of features such as PantoStacker Pro full quilt layouts, PatternCad to create and edit patterns, QuiltCad for advanced pattern layout designs, Trace Image to recreate original photos and pattern optimizer to fix and clean up the patterns.
THE Dream Motion Software is a professional grade software. That said, even if you are just getting started with quilt automation, getting a feature rich software can help you in the long run.
Grace QuiltMotion Software (Creative Touch 4)
- Price – Free demo available
Grace QuiltMotion is a quilting system that simplifies the process of pattern sewing with a few easy steps. It is an expensive software, but the cost includes a motor plater that moves your sewing machine for quilting the patterns, a flash drive to store the patterns and a tablet mount if you are using Windows OS running tablet to control the quilting machine.
Quilting using Grace QuiltMotion software is as easy as select, place and sew. It comes with advanced features required to create design, edit, layout, and quilt accurately.
There are two versions of the software. The beginning version priced slightly lower comes with essential feature while the Standard version which is over $2000 expensive comes with some advanced features for professionals.
The latest version comes with an improved user interface making it easier to use without compromising on features.
To create a design you can pick from over 200 patterns from the library and set a block, corner or continuous line with ease. You can place the edited patterns precisely on your quilt as per your preference.
Once the patterns are ready, Grace QuiltMotion will use the motor plate and hardware bundle and start stitching your quilt design with accuracy.
The Standard version comes with some additional feature such as Panto Stacker to create and edit pantograph, PatternCard to design complex designs, Trace Image to create patterns from photos and Record to save any free motion quilted patterns and reuse it for next project.
QuiltMotion is compatible with several quilting machines including Brother 1500S, Janome 1600P, Juki 2000Qi and more.
Baby Lock QuiltMotion Software System
- Price – N/A
Baby Lock is known for its sewing and quilting machines. The company also offers an automated quilting system Quilt Motion Software System that works with Baby Lock Jewell and Crow Jewell series machines.
The system automates the stitching process of your quilt blocks to the exact dimension by adapting to the block size and shape for accurate placement.
It comes with over 300 patterns built-in including Traditional, Non-traditional, Geometric, Children’s and Border Patterns.
It also comes with basic editing options that include mirror, combine, copy, stretch, flip and scale options. The patterns can be saved for later use.
To use the system, you need to install the software on your PC and connect it to the Quilting machine. It is powered by QuiltCAD software which is one of the best stitch pattern software available in the market.
The user interface is easy to use. For easier understanding, the package comes with a DVD for software containing instructional videos.
Other features in the software include the ability to create quilt blocks, pantograph, borders, trace, paper pattern digitizing and record and ready-made quilt designs.
The QuiltMotion Software System package includes the software, LCD on a swivel mount, a USB cable and a carriage plate.
This computerized quilting software is an ideal choice for those who have a Baby Lock quilting systems.
Using a computerized quilting system doesn’t mean the quilter is not creative or doesn’t know how to quilt professionally. After all, quilters despised quilting machines when it was newly introduced, and the traditionalist thought that quilting manually using hands is the only legitimate way to do it.
The quilt design software are different than automated quilting software. The former allows you to design patterns and blocks while the later allows you to do both designing and automatic quilting.
Adding an automated quilting solution to your business gives you a new level of flexibility. You can set stitch option, preferences and customize every process of quilting to near perfection.
However, before buying any automated quilting software make sure that it is compatible with your quilting machine.
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in January 2019 and has been since updated for freshness, and accuracy.