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Thread: I may have lost my mind...But it sure is fun!!

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    Wink I may have lost my mind...But it sure is fun!!

    I have been looking at Quilt machines for a long time. I was interested when someone here mentioned the new Babylock Tiara. A 16 inch long arm quilting machine--a sit down. I downloaded the brochure and loved the fact that it came with its own table. I'll never be able to afford a stand up unit and will never have the space for one. I asked my dealer about it and he Said he would have one in for the local show. Well..... The show was this weekend. He had one and I tried it and fell in love. Then I went a step further and bought it using the show discount. My DH wasn't even mad!!! He knows I will use it!! No buyers remorse for me!! I may start out with jut stripling but I'll learn. My niece is going to have lots of doll quits while I'm learning!!

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    Sounds like you are going to have a great time with your new machine.
    Lori - MamaBear

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    Color me GREEN! Way to go. If I get one it will have to be this kind of set up. We want to see a pic when you get her up and running

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    I'm green also! Have fun and post pictures!

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    I got inspired with what you said, googled the machine & just didn't come up with what I was looking for. However this sounds like something that would work for me. Enjoy the machine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PolkaBabe View Post
    I got inspired with what you said, googled the machine & just didn't come up with what I was looking for. However this sounds like something that would work for me. Enjoy the machine.
    http://www.babylock.com/quilting/tiara/

    Here's the link. I am just a consumer. I don't work for them or anyone who does. I'm getting ready to have time to use this so I bought it. A little expensive but I ve been saving for it.

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    Im green also, very green. Congrats to you!!!!

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    Can you give an idea of what the cost was? Not sure how much something like this would cost and would like to have it in my mind to consider.

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    You go girl!
    Fabric is like money, no matter how much you have it's never enough.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AngelinaMaria View Post
    Can you give an idea of what the cost was? Not sure how much something like this would cost and would like to have it in my mind to consider.
    I think they are priced around $6500,00. I bought for show price of $4400.00 with delivery and setup included. I'm sure there are cheaper machines but this dealer is close, and does all servicing on machine!! This one plus my embroidery and regular machine!! Will also give me full price on trade-in if I move into higher model!

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    Looks like a great machine and set -up. The price seems reasonable for that package which includes the stitch regulator.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lori S View Post
    Looks like a great machine and set -up. The price seems reasonable for that package which includes the stitch regulator.
    If you look at the link it says stitch requlator and also the table overlay are optional so they'd normally cost extra unless there was a special going on. It's still a great price and the type of machine that I'll need with my back disease.
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    Bamagal, that sounds like a wonderful price. Did that include the table and stitch regulator? If so, that is incredible!! You will have so much fun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AngelinaMaria View Post
    Bamagal, that sounds like a wonderful price. Did that include the table and stitch regulator? If so, that is incredible!! You will have so much fun.
    Included the table but not the stitch regulator. I'm saving for that and the extension table. Shouldn't be too long before I have it. While regulator was nice I didn't really need it.. Flowed really well without it. I liked the space on the table but think the extension will be nice to have. Right now itt will fill my small place nicely,

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    I am unclear about what a stitch regulator does? Can you explain that? With FMQ, I always thought that the stitches would come out dependent upon how quickly you moved the fabric. How does the regulator change that? Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AngelinaMaria View Post
    I am unclear about what a stitch regulator does? Can you explain that? With FMQ, I always thought that the stitches would come out dependent upon how quickly you moved the fabric. How does the regulator change that? Thanks.
    As I understand it you can set the stitch length then it stays the same no matter how fast or slow you move. It was a little sluggish but you get used it. I think it might be more suited for a beginner than a pro. I felt like I had more control over where I went. May have been the lower speed though.

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    CONGRATULATIONS! Sounds like a great investment that you'll enjoy. Have fun!
    Remember the teakettle...it is always up to its neck in hot water, yet it still sings!

    A Proper Tea is much nicer than a Very Nearly Tea, which is one you forget about afterwards. ~ Winnie the Pooh (A.A. Milne)

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    I am happy for you-you will have a blast quilting with it.
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    Congratulations and good for you! I am jeoulous. I didn't know about this model!

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    Have you had a chance to play around with it yet? I have a Babylock Espire (the newer version) and have been unhappy about the quality of the stiches. They look "sloppy" --not in a straight line, some stitches tilting out at an angle and the back stitches change in quality every few inches it seems. I haven't done any quilting on it because of this and don't think I will. I had really high hopes for Babylock and maybe this is just a "bad" machine??

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    I have the sweet 16 sit down, I find the craftsy classes helpful and of course practice practice practice
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    firstly congratulations on purchasing your new machine. I have played with a sweet 16 at a show and loved it and your machine looks almost identical to a sweet 16! Hope you have lots of fun!
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    Here's strength to your arm. Enjoy.

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    I also bought one this week end at the Jacksonville,Fl Quilt Fest. Sad that I will not get it until mid Oct or early Nov.We can both do a Happy Dance.

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