The layout of the room where you will use your new CompuQuilter is an important consideration. The floor plan is necessary so that the cables will reach the computer from the machine. Below is a guide to help you plan ahead for your new machine.
Above is a diagram of the recommended layout for the CompuQuilter used on a 12 foot table. If you have a 14 foot table, the length of the space will need to be 2 feet longer. It is best to have about two feet all the way around the table so that you have room to walk and work. The mechanism used to index the quilt are on the right side of some machine tables and you need have access to that end. If space is tight, you can have the left side of the table very close to the wall. This would mean that you can only go around the other end of the machine to get to the back.
You will need something on which to set the computer and monitor. The computer must be close enough to reach the electrical box. The cord is about 10 feet long. The monitor needs to be close enough to you that you can see the screen while working. That distance is greater for some than for others but generally, if the computer is near the end of the machine, you’ll be able to see it well enough.
You will need adequate lighting. The amount of light you need depends greatly on your age. Many things improve with age but unfortunately, vision is not one of those things. You will have to be the judge of how much is enough.
You will need to plug the machine into the wall with regular household current. A power strip with surge protection is recommended.
As you are quilting, you will be working often with the keyboard if you do not have the touch screen option. We have found that the best place for the keyboard depends on the type of machine you have. Ask your dealer which is best for you.