Upgrade Machine2018-11-15T12:29:48+00:00

I WANT TO UPGRADE MY SETUP — WHAT DO I NEED TO DO?

All of our Handi Quilter machines are designed to be upgradable. Need to add Pro-Stitcher to your machine, give stitch regulation to an HQ Sixteen, or update your frame? Find the information you need by selecting one of the tabs below.

I HAVE HQ PRO-STITCHER AND I WANT TO:

• Update to Pro-Stitcher Premium software:

Check the tablet compatibility chart below:

Tablet Compatibility Update/Upgrade Path
Acer Switch 3 Pro-Stitcher Premium
Pro-Stitcher Standard
USB Update Procedure (see download instructions)
Acer Switch Alpha 12 Pro-Stitcher Premium
Pro-Stitcher Standard
USB Update Procedure (see download instructions)
Acer Aspire Switch 11 Pro-Stitcher Premium
Pro-Stitcher Standard
USB Update Procedure (see download instructions)
Acer Iconia W700 Pro-Stitcher Premium
Pro-Stitcher Standard
USB Update Procedure (see download instructions)
HP Omni 10 Pro-Stitcher Standard Pro-Stitcher Premium not compatible with HP Omni tablets. Not compatible with Art and Stitch 5. New tablet hardware upgrade available. Click here for tablet upgrade pricing and information.
Acer Iconia Tab W500 Pro-Stitcher Standard Pro-Stitcher Premium not compatible with W500 tablets. Not compatible with Art and Stitch 5. New tablet hardware upgrade available. Click here for tablet upgrade pricing and information.
Asus EEE PC Pro-Stitcher Standard Pro-Stitcher Premium not compatible with EEE PC tablets. Not compatible with Art and Stitch 5. New tablet hardware upgrade available. Click here for tablet upgrade pricing and information.
Lilliput, Innovatec, and IEI Pro-Stitcher Classic Pro-Stitcher Premium not compatible with these tablets. Not compatible with Art and Stitch 5. New tablet hardware upgrade available. Click here for tablet upgrade pricing and information.

• Add the HQ Pro-Stitcher computerized quilting system to my machine:

The HQ Pro-Stitcher is available for the HQ Sixteen, HQ Simply Sixteen, HQ Avanté, HQ Amara, HQ Forte, HQ Fusion, and HQ Infinity. You will receive a new machine carriage, monitor, holding bracket and pre-installed software. It is required that you also have the Precision-Glide aluminum track installed on your system.

*However, if you have a HQ Sixteen with c-pod running 2.XX* firmware or earlier you will also need a new c-pod and p-pod to run HQ Pro-Stitcher. To see what version of the software you have, start up your machine. While it’s loading, look at screen of your c-pod and and the version will flash on the screen. For more information, please call Handi Quilter Customer Relations at 1-877-697-8458, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mountain Time (MST).

• Upgrade my Classic Pro-Stitcher software to Pro-Stitcher Standard or Pro-Stitcher Premium:

Complete information on upgrading to our HQ Pro-Stitcher software is available on the Pro-Stitcher website.

If you would like to see educational videos on Pro-Stitcher, visit the website.

I OWN THE HQ SWEET SIXTEEN AND I WANT TO:

• Update the software on my HQ Sweet Sixteen

If you have the HQ Sweet Sixteen with C-Pod Firmware Version 2.XX or 3.XX*, your machine can be upgraded to have basting stitch options, the low bobbin estimator and alarm, the quilt alarm, and the quilt timer. Please see your local Handi Quilter retailer for more information. If you do not have a local retailer or if your local retailer does not provide software upgrade services, please call Handi Quilter Customer Relations at 1-877-697-8458, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mountain Time (MST).

If you have a 1.XX* or lower pod version of the firmware, please call Handi Quilter Customer Relations at 1-877-697-8458, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mountain Time (MST) for more information.

* To see which firmware version you have, press the “More” button, then the “Sys. Info” button on your display.

• Add stitch regulation to my machine

Purchase the TruStitch Stitch Regulator with Overlay here.

Note: If you have an older machine* you may need to upgrade your c-pod and display as well. If the version is 3.17 or later, you will not need to update your machine C-pod and display. If the version is lower than this you will need an update. For more information on this option, please call Handi Quilter Customer Relations at 1-877-697-8458, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mountain Time (MST).

* To see which firmware version you have, press the “More” button, then the “Sys. Info” button on your display.

• Change my HQ Sweet Sixteen into a stand-up machine

You will need to purchase an upgrade kit. You will also need a frame and machine carriage. For more information on this option, please call Handi Quilter Customer Relations at 1-877-697-8458, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mountain Time (MST).

• Make my HQ Sweet Sixteen tabletop space larger

The table is designed to accept an 18” extension section on each side of the table. Purchase the 18-inch Table Extension here.

I OWN THE HQ AVANTÉ AND I WANT TO:

• Update the software on my HQ Avanté

If you have the HQ Avanté with C-Pod Firmware Version 2.XX or 3.XX*, your machine can be upgraded to have basting stitch options, the low bobbin estimator and alarm, the quilt alarm, and the quilt timer. Please see your local Handi Quilter retailer for more information. If you do not have a local retailer or if your local retailer does not provide software upgrade services, please call Handi Quilter Customer Relations at 1-877-697-8458, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mountain Time (MST).

* To see which firmware version you have, press the “More” button, then the “Sys. Info” button on your display. This upgrade not available with C-Pod Firmware Version 1.XX.

• Add the Precision Glide system to my set-up

If you have an older frame and carriage with white plastic tracks you can upgrade to our new Precision-Glide aluminum wheel and track system. You can purchase the Precision-Glide Carriage Track & Wheel Upgrade Kit, or purchase the HQ Precision-Glide Track Upgrade Kit for the Studio frame.

If you are running HQ Pro-Stitcher and you want to upgrade to the Precision-Glide system you may need a new carriage. See this document to identify which HQ Pro-Stitcher carriage you have. There are three options. Kit A: A carriage mounted computer, Kit B: a sewing machine head-mounted computer, or Kit C: a sewing machine head-mounted computer for the IEI brand monitor. After reading the document please contact us if you have any questions on which kit you will need.

• Add Pro-Stitcher to my machine

Your machine is ready to accept Pro-Stitcher. You will need to purchase the HQ Pro-Stitcher kit for Avanté here.

• Add Micro Handles to my machine

A micro handle kit for the HQ18 Avanté is available here.

• Add UV lights to my machine

Decide on how many UV lights you would like to add to your machine. Lights can be purchased in sets of 6 here.

I OWN THE HQ FUSION AND I WANT TO:

• Upgrade the white tracks on my carriage to Precision-Glide carriage tracks

You can purchase a carriage track and wheel kit. The kit is available here – QF09804

• Add the Precision-Glide system to my frame set-up

Your system already has the Precision-Glide system.

• Add Pro-Stitcher to my machine

Your machine is ready to accept an HQ Pro-Stitcher. You can purchase the HQ Pro-Stitcher kit upgrades for your HQ Fusion here.

• Add micro handles to my machine

Micro handles are available here – QM29524

I HAVE A STUDIO FRAME AND I WANT TO:

• Add the Precision-Glide system to my frame (with white tracks)

Track Upgrade Kits finish at 12 feet ONLY. Aluminum track supports are pre-installed to new black tabletop sections, which are attached to existing table. The kit includes a new eight-wheel carriage, two (2) five-foot table sections and one (1) two-foot table section with tracks, all hardware needed to attach. The kit is available here – QF09760

If you are running HQ Pro-Stitcher and you want to upgrade to the Precision-Glide system you have to have a new carriage. See this document to identify which HQ Pro-Stitcher carriage you have. There are three options. Kit A: A carriage mounted computer, Kit B: a sewing machine head-mounted computer, or Kit C: a sewing machine head-mounted computer for the IEI brand monitor. After reading the document please contact us if you have any questions on which kit you will need.

• Change my 10 foot frame to a 12 foot frame

You will need to purchase one(1) 4’ table section, four(4) black track inserts, and 11-foot leaders:

If you have the HQ Pro-Stitcher you will need a new 12 foot piece of flexirack.

Please call our Customer Relations team at 1-877-697-8458, Monday through Friday, 8 am to 5 pm Mountain Standard Time (MST) for more information.

I HAVE AN ADJUSTABLE OR QUILTABLE AND I WANT TO:

• Upgrade to the Precision-Glide System

You will need a new 8-wheel carriage and two 5-foot table sections with attached tracks*. Click here to purchase the kit – QF09710

If you are running HQ Pro-Stitcher and you want to upgrade to the Precision-Glide system, you have to have a new carriage. See this document to identify which HQ Pro-Stitcher carriage you have. There are three options. Kit A: A carriage mounted computer, Kit B: a sewing machine head-mounted computer, or Kit C: a sewing machine head-mounted computer for the IEI brand monitor. After reading the document please contact us if you have any questions on which kit you will need.

*HQ Sixteen machines may need to update the C-Pod in order for it to work with the new carriage. For more information, please call Handi Quilter Customer Relations at 1-877-697-8458, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mountain Time (MST).

• Upgrade the poles on the frame

You will need to purchase a pole and side arm upgrade kit with new side arms and poles, pole bearings, and bungee clamps*. This is the same system found on the HQ Studio Frame. You can purchase the kit here – QF09785

*Do NOT discard any parts on your current pole system. Some parts from your existing pole system are used to install the upgraded pole system.