If you are handy with nuts and bolts and are not pressed for time, then you should probably not hesitate to pick up your Innova Long Arm Package at the store, bring it home and assemble your Innova Pro frame yourself. Doing so is like playing with a man/woman size meccano set. The instructions are clear, and if you make a mistake, (it would be unusual not to make at least one) you can correct it easily by disassembling and then reassembling the part(s) incorrectly assembled. You wont break anything and you will enjoy it. It will take you time, likely 12 hours or more. Both men and women are equally capable for the tasks involved. You will save money, at least $600. But, if you are pressed for time, or you don’t think you will have at least some fun doing it, or it is difficult for you to transport your package to your home, then by all means let us do the work.
If we do set up your package for you, we usually assemble as much as possible in the store so that we don’t have to spend too much time in your home.
However, if you bought a package which included a computerized head such as Auto Pilot Mach 3 that is another story. There are things involved in assembly that while not extremely difficult in and of themselves, are hard to accomplish correctly without having seen it done before. And, some mistakes can damage (ruin) expensive components. So, not for the faint of heart.
If you are not sure what is best for you, discuss it with us. We will help you decide what is right for you. Top of Page
Buying a long arm quilting machine is a major purchase. If Innova is on your short list, here are some facts about Innova that should help you decide which machine is right for you.
Reliability and Sturdiness: Innova long arm quilting machines are made by ABM International in Houston, Texas. ABM has been making industrial quilting machines since 1947. Innova’s have a unique look as they are the only longarm quilting machine designed with modular components they share with their industrial cousins. Innova’s are built to quilt and will last a life time. Their 32” throat space model attests to that.
Service: Call Innova’s 800 number, any day, anytime. Within 20 minutes you will be talking to a knowledgeable technician who will guide you and will resolve whatever problem you are having quickly and easily, over the phone. And, of course, in Alberta, there is also Chinook Fabrics your local friendly support center and Innova factory trained dealer.
Stitch Regulation: Innova offers a stitch regulator, called “standard” which may be all you need. But, if you want the best, you can opt for “Lightning Stitch” (LS). LS will give you complete control of stitching parameters and let you select a stitch length from an amazing 2 to 22 stitches per inch, all perfectly regulated even in points at speeds up to 3000 stitches per minute. The choice is yours, but you should know, with LS, Innova will gladly accept any challenge concerning stitch regulation from any competitor.
Sewing Speed: Innova has set (i.e. limited) the maximum sewing speed of LS at 3000 stitches per minute (SPM) to make it virtually impossible to outrun your stitch regulator. The Innova LS is the only quilting machine in our market that uses an AC brushless digital servo motor. This motor could allow a maximum sewing speed up to 6000 SPM if desired. Unfortunately, that would greatly exceed the limits of most quilting threads which can’t tolerate much more than 2000 SPM before they start failing. Bottom line, 3000 SPM gives you all the speed you will ever need with minimal stress to Innova’s hardware. This is one time when...Less is more: Something to consider when you evaluate the validity of claims that a Long Arm machine has a Maximum SPM of 3500 it is therefore the best machine in the industry.
Frame & Carriage: Innova has been renowned, over the years to have the smoothest, most delicate, “touch” of any quilting machine out there. Others have tried to copy the “Innova’s ice skate like feel”, but Innova’s rail and carriage system is still the simplest and best, and has the advantage of being extremely customizable. All those holes in the frame mean its modular and you can select any length frame you want between 5' to 12' in 1.5 inch increments. Moreover, you can take an existing frame and downsize (or upsize) it at minimal expense if ever you have to. That’s a very good thing if you ever have to move or sell your machine. You can also modify the “depth” of the frame to suit your needs or add any Innova option such as power feed, light bar, crosshatch ruler, or Autopilot without the need for drilling, welding or repainting. No other manufacturer offers a modular system like this.
Pivoting head: Patented, unique and standard to all Innovas, this makes (amongst other things), changing pressure foot from ”standard “ to “open”, “trapunto” or “ruler” and back, a breeze.
Dropped down, lift-able “top” roller: Standard to all Innovas, the dropped down “top” roller provides you with an wide open, uncluttered, quilting surface especially convenient for ruler work , while its lift-able aspect gives you easy access to the batten if you need to smooth out wrinkles etc.
Pantovision, E-Chorder, Crosshatch Bar style Roller Bar and Sequins Stitcher: all patented accessories available only from Innova for Innova machines with no equivalents in other brands.
Height Adjustment System: Innova, in keeping with Murphy’s Law, use electrical motors instead of a hydraulic system eliminating any risk of an oil spill in your quilting room.
Oiling: No oiling needed, anytime, anywhere, and for ever (although a little oil around the bobbin case will make the machine run quieter).
Assembly: If you are a tinkerer (you know if you are) you can choose to have the fun of assembling your Innova Long Arm frame yourself. If not, we will be happy to do it for you in your home.
Table Width:A unique benefit of the Innova frame is that its width can be customized to the nearest foot i.e. you can tailor your frame to be 14, 13, 12, 11,10, 9, 8, 7, 6 feet wide. Figure on requiring a space of at least 2.5 to 3 feet more than the nominal width of your frame. So, if your available room is only 13.5 feet wide you don’t have to cut down your frame width to 10’ but you can go with 11’. Remember that you are always better off with the widest table you have space for. You don't have to use the maximum width, but it's always nice to have. When figuring out maximum quilt size your frame can handle deduct about 18” from the frame width. So for a frame width of 144” (12 feet), the maximum quilt width you could handle is 126” (10.5 feet) The other dimension has virtually no limit. Another advantage of having more width capacity is that you can mount more of your “smaller” quilts on the frame with the longer side along the rollers. This allows you to have to ”roll” the quilt fewer times when you quilt it.