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Thread: Looking into Long Arm quilting machines

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    Senior Member taiboo's Avatar
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    I am seriously thinking about taking the plunge and getting one.

    If you have one, what do you have and what are the pros/cons of it?

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    i have a tin lizy 18 and i love it . my only thing i would change i would like the stwitches on the handle bar and not in the middle of the handle bars.

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    I have a Voyager 17 SLR on a ProFlex frame. I can't think of anything I would change because I got a super deal on it and will never be able to find a better deal. Even paying full price it is still one of the most bang for the buck systems. Now, if someone wants to give away a true long arm with stitch regulator and automatic fabric advance I'll drive 1200 miles to pick it up.

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    If you click search in the Header above you can check all the posts about this subject.
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    I have a Tin Lizzie 18 and am disappointed in it. So many things go wrong with it, threads break easily, tension is hard to get right.The price is good but sometimes the frustrations make me wonder if it is worth it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scrappy happy
    i have a tin lizy 18 and i love it . my only thing i would change i would like the stwitches on the handle bar and not in the middle of the handle bars.
    The newer style--TIn Lizzie 18LS--does have the switches on the handle bars. I just bought mine new in December and that's what I have. And I know that I would not loke the older style where the seitches on in the middle. I think that would be inconvenient.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dquilts
    I have a Tin Lizzie 18 and am disappointed in it. So many things go wrong with it, threads break easily, tension is hard to get right.The price is good but sometimes the frustrations make me wonder if it is worth it.
    I have used many different threads with no problems--but I mostly use 100% cotton thread from Connecting Threads. you can go to their website to order. It is economical and works very good with Tin Lizzie.

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    I have an A1 and LOVE IT!! I just added a Compuquilter to the set up, and I really wish I'd done it sooner, but NOT at the same time I got the LA.

    Take your time, go to the big machine quilting shows - MQX, MQS, Innovations, Quilting with Machines - to name a few. Drive them all, then drive them again. What is right for one person may not be right for you. This is a big investment, and not unlike buying a car. Decided what features you need. I would not be without the ergo-handles and the hydraulic lift. Just an inch or two change can make a world of difference on you back.

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    Innova here. Check out all the machines you can find. Shelley is 100% right about finding the perfect machine for you.

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    I am considering an Innova when I uprgrade to a larger throat. Everyone seems to really like them. Which stitch regulator do you have? The basic one? or did you pay for a better one? Just wondering if there is that much difference.

    Audrey Borning
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