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Old 03-28-2011, 04:35 PM
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Does anyone know how to use a pantograph from the front of a longarm? thanks for your help..Linda
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Old 03-28-2011, 04:45 PM
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Panto's are done from the rear of the machine. the panto is laid on the table and you run the laser light on that from the back.
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Old 03-28-2011, 04:53 PM
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I have seen a way to do this, but I can't remember where. I have searched and searched and can't find it, so maybe it was a flop and was removed from the website where I saw it. I know some of the short arm machine frames have a shelf and use the light from the front. Oh well, I tried.
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Old 03-28-2011, 05:17 PM
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the panto from the front is not a long sheet. it is a smaller paper that repeats and you have to keep moving it along as you quilt. the quilter that i saw doing it could move the laser light to either side of the machine so the paper could be put on either side. the paper laid right on the quilt.
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Old 03-28-2011, 06:58 PM
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QuiltnNan is correct. I belong to a yahoo group tinlizzie longarm and we have ladies on there who do pantographs from the front....
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I just saw on of these machines today and it is real neat but can't be of any help on how to do it. Sorry
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Old 03-28-2011, 07:09 PM
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Deloa Jones sells a table to use the laser from the front of your computer. I was thinking of having my husband see what he could do about building me one. I'd like to use my laser to do small pantos from the front too. It would be great for baby quilts that don't take up the entire frame for the quilt.

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Old 03-28-2011, 07:33 PM
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Wow! I've never heard of this, but it sure sounds like a good idea.
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Old 06-19-2019, 11:27 AM
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Thank You!!!! I have been searching and searching for something like this that will fit my small Handiquilter 5' frame - hopefully this one will work!!!!]

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Old 06-19-2019, 11:38 AM
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Hmmm, I like the idea of laying the design down on the front of the quilt but don't know how well that would work for me. I have proportionally short arms and legs on a long torso. Standing at a long arm, I really can only work in about a foot area maybe six inches in front of me, despite the machine and set-up having a deeper throat. So, for a narrow repeat like 6", this could be a great solution but for a larger design I just don't have the reach.

With my vision issues and the long arm I've been using doesn't have back controls although the frame is set up to use pantos, what I've been doing is copying the design onto parchment paper I buy at the dollar store, $1 for a 25' x 1' roll. I just sew through it and I can see the quilting pattern on all colors of fabric. Yes, the downside is that I have to first copy and then have to take off all that paper. Fortunately for me I do like rather larger designs and thicker batts than are currently popular and it gives me results I am happier with than I could otherwise do.
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