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Thread: 18'' longarm tin lizzie sit down FMQ...HELP

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    Senior Member Buzzy Bee's Avatar
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    I have not even quilted with it yet....just pratice on sm sandwich squares...its out of timing...the mannaul that came with it has pics of different model....so my DH can t figure what to do .....HELP !!!!!!!!

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    Contact your dealer?

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    Call the company, they are helpful. Also there is a Tin Lizzie group on yahoo.

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    Is this the longarm that is timed to a specific needle size? (size 18, if I remember correctly?)

    If so, you will have to use pretty much *only* that size needle and that means that you will be able to use only thread that works with that size of needle.

    If the thread is too fine or too coarse for that particular needle, your machine may not be able to form consistent stitches or even any stitches at all.

    So, if it's timed to a size 18 needle, you are going to need to try some pretty heavy thread - size 30 or 40 - in the needle. See if that works better and we'll try to figure it out. :)

    If this isn't the machine that's timed to that one needle, then let's go step by step to troubleshoot.

    What size needle do you have in the machine and what size thread are you using in the needle?

    Does your machine have the ability to sew using feed dogs to guide the fabric or is it strictly free-motion?

    Are you practicing with a sandwich of fabrics with batting between them or just a piece of fabric?

    I'll bet we can figure this out. :)

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    polly..I will go to the shop tomorrow and ck those things..I will get back to you...Thanks a million !!!

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    Mary I bought the machine at a quilt expo...tried all afternoon to reach company but no one returned my calls

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    How do you know when a machine is out of timing? What are the symptoms? I am having problems with my Lizzie and that may be my problem, too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buzzy Bee
    Mary I bought the machine at a quilt expo...tried all afternoon to reach company but no one returned my calls
    I got my Lizzie at a Quilt show, had some problems contacted company by phone had a return call within 24 hr.and found some one to help me. My machine came with a DVD, did you get one, it has lots of info for seting your timing, thread tension ect.
    good luck hope you find your ansewers soon.

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    My needle is hitting metal when it goes down....I have a repair man coming this a.m. I 'll update later as to what he says....It's under warrenty but I'm hrs from a dealer....I may have made a mistake getting this machine.....
    Quote Originally Posted by AudreyB
    How do you know when a machine is out of timing? What are the symptoms? I am having problems with my Lizzie and that may be my problem, too.

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    Buzzy...now...take a deep breath! You WILL get help and you WILL have a good time quilting! (can't you just hear a mom saying...you WILL have a good time, DO YOU HEAR ME? ROTLF)

    I remember panicking with the 1st frame, the upgraded machine AND my gently used Gammill...its a process.. have the repair guy show you what he or she is doing. Next time, you will be able to troubleshoot yourself. ..oh yes...and don't forget to breathe! lolol

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    Up date on 18" tin lizzie.......She's purring like a kitten now.....I had messed up so many things on it I don't even know how to explain what i did...it did have some thread stuck in bobbin...where I made first mistake was I lowered the foot bar in the wrong place .....I didn t realize how to adjust the speed...he showed me...so simple but I didn t know....other little things I had done wrong....anyway he didn't even charge me...he has a LA Garmmin...and he makes quilts and his wife was with him and she does too..... she brought one to show me...and boy it was to perfection....I couldn't find a point that was off anywhere...and he had picked his fabric...it was beautiful...they want me to show them how to mach emb...and he said he would keep my Lizzie going.....girls...it can't get any better than that !!!! We have known them for yrs but I didn t know he repaired mach"s....we are going to help each other !!! Now I have my sewing machines covered and my son is in computer bussiness so I'm covered there...Yall just don't know how easy it is for me to mess things up....LOL....thanks for all the help yall offered ...you are the best !!!!! I love this board !!!!
    Quote Originally Posted by Buzzy Bee
    My needle is hitting metal when it goes down....I have a repair man coming this a.m. I 'll update later as to what he says....It's under warrenty but I'm hrs from a dealer....I may have made a mistake getting this machine.....
    Quote Originally Posted by AudreyB
    How do you know when a machine is out of timing? What are the symptoms? I am having problems with my Lizzie and that may be my problem, too.

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    see? I told you ...you just needed reminding to breathe! Now we want to see what you are quilting ::;big cheesy grin::::

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    wii show when finished,,,,couple of wks probably
    Quote Originally Posted by soccertxi
    see? I told you ...you just needed reminding to breathe! Now we want to see what you are quilting ::;big cheesy grin::::

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