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Is a Long Arm quilting machine meant to be used left to right?

Old 08-29-2010, 07:12 PM
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I was in my LQS recently & the lady who owned the shop told me that Long Arms are intended to work from left to right. She said that the stitch would be different on the back of the quilt, if you went back...from right to left as with a pantograph. Is this something any of you with long arms have experienced? I would have thought you could go any direction with no difference in the stitching. We were discussing a Tin Lizzie. Maybe the Tin Lizzie likes to got from Left to right???
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Old 08-29-2010, 07:20 PM
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I was at a quilt shop the other day and the owner was going from right to left with the longarm quilting
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Old 08-29-2010, 07:22 PM
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Maybe it depends on the machine. I have a Fusion and I go any direction I want to go. I think patterns looks better sometimes, if you don't go in one direction. It is just my opinion though. There are a lot of people on the board who have longarms, so I am sure we will get more opinions.
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Old 08-29-2010, 07:24 PM
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I never heard that, I've seen the pros quilt in all directions all over the place.
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Old 08-29-2010, 07:39 PM
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I have a Tin Lizzie and I quilt both directions. Nobody told me I couldn't so I do. I think there is a different feel to going right to left vs left to right but once you get used to using the machine both ways it's second nature. The stitches are the same both directions, at least mine are.
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Old 08-29-2010, 07:45 PM
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I was taught to go one way and then come back the opposite way. Some pantographs are very akward this way but once you get the hang of them your quilt top does not creep to the left or right. I float all of my tops and quilting this way helps greatly!
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Old 08-29-2010, 07:49 PM
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It's probably more a function of the user being right- or left handed than any propery of the machine.
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Old 08-29-2010, 08:02 PM
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In the longarm class at the local quilt shop we were taught to go right to left, but it wasn't a Tin Lizzie.
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Old 08-29-2010, 08:35 PM
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Hummmmm....that sounds suspiciously WRONG!!!! LOL I never heard that a long arm or a short arm has a right or one way direction.
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Stewy quilts on a Tin Lizzie. PM him and I am sure he will answer any question you have.
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