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Thread: Tin LIzzie 18 What do you think?

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    Question Tin LIzzie 18 What do you think?

    If you currently own and use a Tin Lizzie 18, please give me a review of the machine.

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    I have a Viking branded Tin Lizzie. It's the same machine as the Tin Lizzie 18 LS. I like the machine a lot. There are no tension issues and it will sew with any thread. Although it came with the LS (Lizzie Stitch stitch regulator) I usually use it in manual mode. Just a personal preference. I don't do quilting for hire, just for me and a few family members. I've had my machine for about 2 years.
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    I have an older Tin Lizzie 18. I bought it (used) about 5 years ago. My Lizzie has no negative issues. Love my Lizzie!
    Mary

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    I have the Queen Quilter Tin Lizzie 18 i'v had it now for about 3 or 4 yrs now. I did not have any major issues with tension or anything. If I did have issues, it was always always operator error, so not sure from previous posting why there was negative responses to this machine...Anyhow, it comes down to each personal preferences. Each machine will have positives and negatives...Test drive if you can. I didn't have any places to go and test drive any longarm machines. My Fiance just decided to purchase one for a Christmas gift one year and well here now I have a longarm.

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    I have the Lizzie 18 sit down model. I love my machine. I used to have a Bailey 15 on a frame and did not personally enjoy the loading and quilting process this way. I have quilted a bunch of stuff since getting it this past fall and I adore my machine

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yarn or Fabric View Post
    I have the Lizzie 18 sit down model. I love my machine. I used to have a Bailey 15 on a frame and did not personally enjoy the loading and quilting process this way. I have quilted a bunch of stuff since getting it this past fall and I adore my machine


    I also have the Tin Lizzie 18 sit down model.....I LOVE it !!!!
    Buzzy Bee

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    I don't regret getting it over the HQ at all. I will say that my needle up/down button doesn't seem to work right. I thought it would make the needle stop in the down position all the time but it doesn't work. Just puts the needle up or down - which I can do with the foot pedal but it's all good
    My dog hates my Lizzie though. Whenever I go to use it, he gives me the teenage look of death and then leaves the room. He hates the sound or rumbling of it lol.

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    I also have the Tin Lizzie 18 sit down model.....I LOVE it !!!!

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    I have a Tin Lizzie 18LS set up at 10' (well actually she is in storage while we are moving). This is a good machine, reliable and easy to use. There are many other setups that cost much more but I am happy with mine. Some quilters think it is a 'second class' long arm but I do not understand that, unless it is because the TLs cost so much less than many others. I like the Lizzie Stitch option as well, and it can be used in manual or with the Lizzie Stitch. The support from the company has been adequate for me, but I have not had issues with my machine at all. I recommend the Tin Lizzie.

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    I got one (tin lizze 18 ls ) used about 6 months ago, I have to say I have had no luck with it. It has been in the shop a lot!
    I really want to learn more designs, techniques, and tips.
    It is not nice to me when it comes to tension
    I just wish it will work because I enjoy using a longarm and get a lot of my quilts finished

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    I just purchased the Tin Lizzie Ram (upgrade from a Brother PQ1500s) and I love this machine. I never would have thought that winding a bobbin while quilting would be so convenient but its a wonderful added bonus. I would say if you can do it, get the phoenix frame. It and the upgraded encoders are well worth it.

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    longarmlizzie I'm sorry to hear that you've had such horrible issues. I tell you what tension is a nightmare on any longarm. I've learned the hard way that you have to be part machine mechanic when you own your own big machine. They are finicky at best but once you learn to get along they're great.

    I had horrific tension issues. Every single bobbin I wound while I was quilting turned out to be totally different from the last. I heard about Glide thread and tried it and have not looked back. I don't need to readjust tension even when changing colors up or down. It's awesome stuff. I use a 16 needle with it and it works brilliantly for me.

    Have you seen Jamie Wallen's tension video? It saved me from seeing if my machine could fly from the second story window... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q1mRhcquZTM

    I would also suggest joining the Tin Lizzie yahoo group. They're really helpful. Next time before sending your machine in to be fixed you might want to ask them. Most of the stuff that can be tweaked in a shop can be tweaked at home. Resetting your timing is easy once you make friends with it. It took me a long time the first time but now I can do it in minutes.

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    I have had a tin lizzie 18 sit down for 2 years. I've gotten brave enough to try feathers and find that when I go backwards the stitches are loose on the top side. Do you have any hint?s

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    Thank you all for your input. I just purchased a Tin Lizzie and was just about to regret it after reading past posts. Seemed so many had problems with them and a lot of people were complaining.
    I have learned that long arms aren't the only ones that have bobbin issues. Midarms do too. You just have to keep playing with it until you get it set. Or at least I did.

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    I was at a quilt show over the weekend and test drove a Tin Lizzie 18ESP. I do not have any experience on a mid / long arm machine so I really do not have anything to compare it too. However I have been doing research and I have not been able to find much on the Tin Lizzie and when I do it seems that many owners have had poor experience with customer service. I am interested in the machine as what you get for the money does seem to be the same as with an HQ but I am hesitant to take the leap with some of the past posts I have seen.

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