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Thread: Homemade pantograph stylus

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    Homemade pantograph stylus

    My wonderful husband bought me a new Janome 1600P in February....a combination Valentines Day, Birthday and Wedding Anniversary gift. I put it on my Grace Sr2 quilting frame and fell in love with the stitching. But then I wanted a stylus to do small designs with and thought they were expensive so I asked if he could make one? Silly question to ask a retired mechanical engineer! Together we came up with this...and it really works! I bought the knitting needle and he supplied the metal and black hose that holds the needle upright. Cost a lot less than the $45 plus shipping the website wanted for a pantograph stylus.Name:  100_2270.jpg
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    oh that is great! sometimes husbands are very worth having around!!

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    very clever
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    Wow, lucky you! Very clever!
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    ​Well done!

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    I was looking at the Grace laser to add to my frame so I could do pantographs! This may work for me as well, Thanks for sharing!

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    Whoa! I've got a mechanical engineer of my own. Must show him this. Thanks.

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    So clever. And what a savings.
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    Lucky you. Looks great.
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    Awesome! And if you wanted, you could replace the knitting needle with a laser pointer from the dollar store.
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    that is wonderful. I miss my DH and all his help! What a great idea yours had
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    Patski...actually the idea was mine, he just did a wonderful job implementing my idea. He's a keeper!!

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    That is terrific! Better hang onto him.....and make him some chocolate chip cookies.
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    Linda I do believe he is a keeper ha ha. Clever idea and what a savings
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    Genius!!! Thanks for sharing. He's definitely a 'keeper'!

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    This is brilliant. More than a few of us could use his talents on our own machines.
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    Thank you Lee Ripp. He is wonderful...sometimes a procrastonator, but he got right on this and had it done fast!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by patski View Post
    that is wonderful. I miss my DH and all his help! What a great idea yours had
    Same here about not having a wonderful helper to create things.

    The addition to the frame does look like a winner.

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