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Thread: Looking under the long arm quilting frame?

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    Looking under the long arm quilting frame?

    I have a Tin Lizzie DS18 and like to check the stitching on the bottom to make sure everything is fine. I have a very hard time getting up and down off the floor. Has anyone come up with a way to use a mirror for this. Seems like I saw something for this in a magazine. I know that my friends on the QB will have a solution- you never fail me.
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    Does the tin lizzie have a table top that the panto sits on? I keep a mirror there. I have a small 8" x 10" mirror at each end of the table. I can see it best though if I shine a flashlight on the stitching from underneath - too dark otherwise to really see if the tension is any good. Actually, my tension is almost always perfect so I have been forgetting to look.

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    Check the APQS quilting forum and search the archives for bobbin cam. A DH of a quilter has invented camera & monitor that show stitches on back side of quilt. It's on my someday list. I can still get down there for now and I am spending $ on classes first.
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    I use a long mirror and lay it on my table . it saves my back .

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    Maybe attach a mirror to a long handle of sorts. That way you could move it under the quilt easier. You would still have to get down a bit to see it, but maybe on a chair or something. Or, maybe something like kids use to see around corners. It's sort of a tube with a mirror in it and an eye piece or something. I guess I'm not much help, but I know I've seen something like that. Good luck on your search!
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    Quote Originally Posted by SittingPretty View Post
    Maybe attach a mirror to a long handle of sorts. That way you could move it under the quilt easier. You would still have to get down a bit to see it, but maybe on a chair or something. Or, maybe something like kids use to see around corners. It's sort of a tube with a mirror in it and an eye piece or something. I guess I'm not much help, but I know I've seen something like that. Good luck on your search!
    A periscope like device?

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    Most longarmers I know install one of those tall, skinny door mirrors under the frame. I have bins of fabric stored under mine, so this isn't practical for me. I found (at the hardware store!) an adjustable mirror on a telescoping wand, which works great for me.

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    This looks like the one I got, and I think I paid $2 or $3 for it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peckish View Post
    This looks like the one I got, and I think I paid $2 or $3 for it.

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    You can buy this type of mirror at harbor freight, the machanics use it to see under car and truck motors to check for oil leaks.

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    Thanks so much. Knew I would get some great ideas!
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    Yes, that is what I use too, but I can feel with my fingertips if those under stitches are good or not....actually only used that mirror when I first started....now the fingertips are my guide and they have never failed these many years...Of course fortunately I have had very few tension problems with my machine over time.....but I check my stitches before I begin a project, just to make sure, and do any adjustments, if needed, then.

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    I have mirrors that were intended to be used on a wall, laid on my frame table and it works well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Geri B View Post
    Yes, that is what I use too, but I can feel with my fingertips if those under stitches are good or not....actually only used that mirror when I first started....now the fingertips are my guide and they have never failed these many years...Of course fortunately I have had very few tension problems with my machine over time.....but I check my stitches before I begin a project, just to make sure, and do any adjustments, if needed, then.
    Ditto here!

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    i keep 12" mirror tile on my quilting table all the time- it is always right there when i want to take a peek- and it is a good size to see how things are really going
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    Sorry but my first thought was to suggest one of those scooters (obviously with wheels) that mechanics use to roll under a car. LOL. I obviously don't have a LA.

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    I use a mirror all the time. It is easier to see the stitches if you use a small flashlight and shine it on the stitches.
    Hope this helps.



    Quote Originally Posted by Ruby the Quilter View Post
    I have a Tin Lizzie DS18 and like to check the stitching on the bottom to make sure everything is fine. I have a very hard time getting up and down off the floor. Has anyone come up with a way to use a mirror for this. Seems like I saw something for this in a magazine. I know that my friends on the QB will have a solution- you never fail me.
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