I have been stitching with Nolting’s Quiltmagine computer guided system for over two years. A couple of months ago, Nolting released their new generation five “NV” longarm machine which I now have paired with Quiltmagine (QM). Without much experience under my belt yet with this system,so far I can say that I am pleased with the quick response of the machine, how quietly is operates, the awesome high illumination LED task lighting over the quilting area, and the precision of the stitching producing even stitches everywhere. Because the NV operates from a touch screen tablet, Nolting has designed a tablet bracket
Nolting “NV” with QM tablet and bracket. Machine color custom white.
for the QM tablet which is now mounted on the left side of the machine head. This is a convenient location, although I must say that I find myself wanting to go back to the center tablet (former) location. It is funny how habits are formed and I am sure that with time, I can re-train myself to the new tablet location. Setting up QM with the NV was SIMPLE as the carriage plugs directly into the side of the machine. Very clean and neat.
NV has a nice feature allowing up to five profiles be saved. I have set up one of the profiles just for QM quilting. I have the stitch length set for what I want, along with the basting stitch length, and the handle buttons correctly programed to work with QM. Upon first trying QM with the NV I discovered my original handle programing to be faulty. I learned from Lance at Nolting that the single stitch button in QM only interfaces with the red button on the right handle. For QM to operate correctly, the red button must be programmed for the full rotation stitch (down and up). Handle buttons can easily be programed from the profile page and every profile can have different settings. All other functions in QM work as they should without any changes to the NV. In my QM profile, I also set up one of the left handle buttons as a full down/up stitch because I am used to doing it that way. Other profiles could be set up for free motion quilting at the front of the machine, or even doing a paper panto at the back of the machine.
The NV has been easy to learn how to use, easy to program the features and has a wide range of spi settings, 4 to 22. Who in their right mind would stitch with 22 spi, I am not sure. I would never want to rip those out if a mistake happened!
One new stitches available on the NV is the Idle stitch. (gray button on left between the two purple buttons) This is a stitch regulated stitch (4-22 spi, your choice), with the machine idling (slowly running) as it travels in and out of points (you determine the speed), then switches back to the spi setting for normal stitching. This creates crisp points. If you decide to use this stitch with QM, you must be near the machine to use the handle stop button when the pattern finishes as the machine will continue to idle stitch at the end of the pattern.
All in all, I give the machine great reviews. 5 stars. Nolting has done their homework in the design of the NV.
Even if you decide that moving up to the NV is not for you, as quilters upgrade to the NV, there are and will continue to be very nice newer machines that are traded in. Check with your dealer and let them know what you might be interested in and what your budget is so they can keep an eye out for a “newer” Nolting machine for you. Remember, you already own your frame, so would just be trading heads.