PebbleCreek Quilters

Tips for using a Pantograph 

Change the auto setting to 8 or 9.

The looseleaf binder is divided into 3 sections:
listed alphabetically by name of pantograph;
listed by category;
pictures showing a small section of the pantograph. 

Line up the panto with the edge of the table or the indented lines on the table. 

Put enough of the panto to extend to the edge of the quilt, under the right plastic covering. 

Either lay the rest of the panto on top of the left side of the plastic, putting a ruler down to keep it from rolling back up, or place the rest of the panto under the plastic. 

Turn on the laser light.

To mark the beginning and end of the design section you will be using, bring the machine to each edge of the quilt.
Place the machine so that the needle is at the edge of the quilt.
Place a marker (use a blue strip from the drawer) to mark where the laser light appears on the panto at each edge of the quilt.
This will mark the beginning and end of the design to be used.

The panto can be adjusted, if necessary or desired, to reposition the center, beginning or end. 

Decide or figure out how and where you will begin and end your stitching. 

The first line on most pantos will be a filler line - shown on the panto in a different color.  

Put the laser light on the bottom edge of the filler line, put the horizontal and vertical lock on the machine. Check to make sure the machine didn’t move when you engaged the locks and the laser light is still where it should be. 

Move the quilt to line up the top edge of the quilt with the needle.

Release the locks. 

Quilt the filler row. Then quilt a row of the design. 

To advance the quilt to start the next row of the design,

Position the machine so that the laser light is at any of the top points of the filler line. If there is no filler line, there should be markers.

Set the horizontal and vertical hold.

Make sure the machine does not move when you engage the locks. 

Move the quilt up until the furthest stitching on the quilt matches the needle. 

Tighten the tension of the rollers. Tighten as much as you can, then release it a notch or two.

Make sure the stitching line and the needle are still matched. 

Release the horizontal and vertical holds. 

Bring the machine to the position to start the design 

Bring the bobbin thread up

Take a few locking stitches off the quilt 

Begin your quilting 

At the end of the design and off the quilt, take a few locking stitches

Bring the bobbing thread up and cut the threads