I recently received an email requesting more information about my experience with pantos–which ones I’ve tried and which ones I liked. This is a GREAT QUESTION. Thank you so much for asking…but please try not to be too disappointed in my answer.
Truthfully, in the last 3 weeks or so since I’ve gotten my longarm (aka Max), I have not had a lot of “extra” time to practice. With the little time that I have had, I’ve been focusing on the freehand side of the machine. Perhaps my reason for this is because it is seems less intimidating and I feel more in control . I can see what is happening and I can get a feel for the machine while trying out the (new to me) features like the stitch regulator, channel locks and thread cutter. Also, when I work from the front there just seems to be less fussing with getting ready. Once I’ve got my sandwich loaded I can just go…kinda like jumping into the sandbox with bare feet. I don’t have to figure out how to line up the panto and space it and coordinate everything (…oops…sounds like I’m s-c-a-r-e-d!).
Well…maybe I am…was…am…a little. But, I’m not one to let my fears control me for very long. So it’s now time to start working on building panto experience. Honestly, I do LOVE panto designs and the “quilting” design (thread on fabric) is my favorite part of the quilt. So, no more procrastinating! Starting this week I’m going to start working from the back (panto side). So stay tuned for more on my adventures in pantos. Successes, failures…I’ll let it all hang out…it is what it is during the learning process.
One more thing… There’s not a lot of readily available free information on specifically *how* to use a panto floating around on the internet. I understand the concept, but when you go to put in practice a LOT of issues come up. Following is a You Tube video I found for one woman’s (Penny Bubar) method of stitching a panto. She is very clear that her method is only her method — not necessarily the *best or the right for you method*. But, if you’ve been putting off trying pantos on your longarm because you’re not sure where to begin, take a look and see if she offers any insights that help you. I know she’s given me a couple of ideas. THANKS Penny!
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