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Thread: Which do you like best for quilting...laser light or stylus

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    Question Which do you like best for quilting...laser light or stylus

    I have a b-line frame with a Viking Mega Quilter machine. Up until now, I've always quilted free hand. Recently I decided to use pantographs so I bought a laser light and a few patterns. I've enjoyed using the pantographs. As I looked around the web, I looked at the ez stylus and the ez quilting templates. I was wondering if anyone used the EZ Stylus and templates and whether you like them better than the laser lights.

    How does the stylus work? It looks like the tip fits into the groove of the template but it looks like it could easily stray out of the template.
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    I have a lazer.I to thought of a stylus and the templates, my only drawback was the cost.

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    You are correct--the stylus does fit into the grooves. I use mine very slowly and carefully so it does not come out of the groove, and I don't bend long thin points inside the board on some patterns by bashing into them with the stylus. I don't even screw it down--I just let it hold in with gravity. They are pricey, but the quilting comes out PERFECT---like it was computer guided, if you are careful not to start the wrong way at an intersection.

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    I don't want to pay for, or store, templates, so I am happy with a laser stylus. It is all personal preference. I think you may find templates limiting after freehand, but you never know ;-)
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    On the HQ they are called Groovy Boards and I love them. I just don't have the talent to follow a panto. I couldn't even color in the lines when I was child.

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    R and S boards sell a stylus for much cheaper than the EZ quilts. Not sure if there is a difference in quality, but from what you save buying the stylus you could get another groovy board or two.

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    I have a Bernina 830 & it came with a long arm table. It has a stylist pen. I bought a book of templates.I have never taken the table out of the boxes because I'm scared of laq. Can I buy a laser for this? I am very intimidated by my table.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jcrow View Post
    I have a Bernina 830 & it came with a long arm table. It has a stylist pen. I bought a book of templates.I have never taken the table out of the boxes because I'm scared of laq. Can I buy a laser for this? I am very intimidated by my table.
    "NO FEAR"! Really- face that fear. Practice on muslin or charity quilts. You're missing all the fun.

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    Have tried the Groovy Boards, as HQ calls them. Too expensive for me and then I'd have to store the boards when not in use ... and of course, I'd want two of each so that it would be easier to assemble the pieces in a consistent manner.

    That being said, a friend of mine bought the HQ stylus and her hubby made her boards using his router and it worked great. He had the talent and they had the room to store them.

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    I have both a laser and the Circle Lord stylus installed. I enjoy using CL the most. I store my boards behind the frame out of the way.

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    I'm too shakey to try and follow a panto with a laser or stylus. I just can not keep it on the correct line and I panic. I love the Groovy Boards or Design Template Boards. They are so very easy to use. The results are always the same. I have some stored in a box under my frame and some are under the china cabinet that's filled with batiks.

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    I have 2 sets of the stylus type designs. The stylus does not come out of the groove. Mine are made of a heavy material, but they don't weigh much. But I do want to learn to do my quilting free-hand. Someday! I also have the lazer for the pantographs. Haven't tried those yet. They came with my Ken-Quilt. LAQ But I do enjoy hand-quilting a lot more than the machine.

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    For jcrowe: I felt the same with my new Bernina 820, but once I watched someone install a quilt onto a similar frame, I decided to try it too. Now I wonder what all the fuss was about. The size of the table was intimidating to me, but I just center whatever size I'm quilting. The machine works beautifully if I oil and clean it after each project and change the needle. The Grace videos about loading the frame for quilting are helpful too. I've probably watched each one at least 10 times. I also labeled the long rods, and store them standing up in a corner rather than mounted on the table as this helps the room not seem so cramped. A friend wraps her rods and stores them on the floor behind the table when they are not in use. I encourage you to allow yourself to give this a try if you haven't already done so.

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    I have used a stylus (just pointed down toward the table) and laser. I prefer the laser. I can get on the line better than just the stylus. I looked into the grooved boards (diff manufacturers) and they were too pricey for me as an add on. I was not a duck to water with pantos. For me, its harder to follow someone else's line (as in panto), than to make a line of my own. As I have gotten better control of my machine, the pantos look good. (I'm my pickiest critic!). I still love freemotion and if I can teach myself a shape freehand, I will.
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