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    I am purchasing a Tin Lizzie . ..
    Those who own one . . how do you like it???
    Do you like the poles????

    Thanks for comments . . . :-)

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    Hi BabsO,
    I have a Tin Lizzie 18LS. I got it at the quilt show in New Jersey two years ago. I have only done about 3 quilts on it as I am still working and can't seem to find the time. The quilts that I did do came out nicely. I am still learning a lot about longarm quilting. There is a yahoo group specifically for the Tin Lizzie that you might like to join. I have gotten a tremendous amount of information from the ladies on that site. They are really knowledgeable. As far as the poles, I like them much better than the first set-up that I had. I used to have the Pfaff GrandQuilter and Inspira frame. It did a beautiful job, but there just wasn't enough space to quilt in. I went with the Tin Lizzie because I tried a few of the machines out at the quilt show and I liked the way that it moved the best. It was also in my price range. Good luck and have fun.
    Brenda R. (New Jersey)

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    I have the older, 95 pound, Lizzie 18. I could not be happier with it. This machine is built to last. Mine has heavy, very sturdy poles, made from electrical pipes, love them. I don't know anything about the newer models but I love my machine (my husband says I pet it). I bought mine second-hand and it had been in for service and needle updating before I bought it. Congratulations on your new machine!

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    congrats on your new machine

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    Quote Originally Posted by MaryStoaks
    I have the older, 95 pound, Lizzie 18. I could not be happier with it. This machine is built to last. Mine has heavy, very sturdy poles, made from electrical pipes, love them. I don't know anything about the newer models but I love my machine (my husband says I pet it). I bought mine second-hand and it had been in for service and needle updating before I bought it. Congratulations on your new machine!
    Could you post a photo of your setup? Thanks, just never saw one before.

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    It gets set up tomorrow . . . I will send you a pix then . . .

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    Here's a picture of mine, the older model. The new ones have improvements. I have it set up in my kitchen, small house, we have to eat in the livingroom. I have disconnected the stitch length regulator as I don't use it. Excuse the backing remnants from the last quilt I did (still on the rails). :oops: I'm looking forward to seeing the new model when you put it up tomorrow, I've never seen one.

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    Congratulations. I'm green with envy. LOL

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    Congratulations on your new machine. I hope you will have many happy years & quilts together.

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    :hunf: I am so green with envy. I have been drooling over this machine for a year now. Oh if only I were born RIch instead of so darn cute! ROFL

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    TAA DAA . . Its up, now I need to figure it all out . . .I am pretty excited !!!!
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    If you decide you dont like it, let me know. I have a daughter who is almost 18 and wont be needing her room forever! lol

    but really, let me know how it goes. I would like to hear what you think of the stitch regulator. I don't think I would NEED one but it sounds really cool.

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    It's a beauty, congratulations!

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    I am looking at the Tin lizzie sixteen (I think ) and the Bernina 440...can't decide between the two...any one can shed some light on either for me...I really think the Lizzie is my slight first choice...thanks, memepeggy

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    Looks Great. Congrats

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    I have a Tin Lizzie, have had about 3 years or so. I don't get to do as much quilting as I like, but I like the long arm and the frame. I've been pretty basic with stippling quilting, just did a baby quilt and tried different patterns for the sashing, etc.
    I do have a question, if someone can help.

    I seem to have problems with my thread breaking regularly during quilting no matter how fast the speed is.
    Also, I've notice that especially at the beginning of the quilt the bottom thread is very loose and gets bunched up. I think this is what causes the thread to break. I have the quilt tight, I have the presser foot down, I have the top and sides basted, what else can I do to avoid this problem, it looks bad and I spend a lot of time taking out stitches and re-sewing.
    Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by BabsO
    TAA DAA . . Its up, now I need to figure it all out . . .I am pretty excited !!!!
    I'm suppose to get mine tommorrow...can't wait. I've been going over to the local Sew/Vac where I bought the floor model for training, etc. They are suppose to bring it and set it up tommorrow. I know how you feel.

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    I bought one used just recently -- it's currently being serviced, so it's going to be another week until I actually get to play with it much!

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    Congratulations. you will love her. I have one too. Had a few minor issues in the beginning but worked through them. I thought I wanted the regulated stitch and now I don't use it. I don't have a computer on mine either. Join the yahoo group--good info there.

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    Sounds like tension to me. Join the group in yahoo and tons of info there.

    Quote Originally Posted by momkeil
    I have a Tin Lizzie, have had about 3 years or so. I don't get to do as much quilting as I like, but I like the long arm and the frame. I've been pretty basic with stippling quilting, just did a baby quilt and tried different patterns for the sashing, etc.
    I do have a question, if someone can help.

    I seem to have problems with my thread breaking regularly during quilting no matter how fast the speed is.
    Also, I've notice that especially at the beginning of the quilt the bottom thread is very loose and gets bunched up. I think this is what causes the thread to break. I have the quilt tight, I have the presser foot down, I have the top and sides basted, what else can I do to avoid this problem, it looks bad and I spend a lot of time taking out stitches and re-sewing.
    Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by momkeil
    I have a Tin Lizzie, have had about 3 years or so. I don't get to do as much quilting as I like, but I like the long arm and the frame. I've been pretty basic with stippling quilting, just did a baby quilt and tried different patterns for the sashing, etc.
    I do have a question, if someone can help.

    I seem to have problems with my thread breaking regularly during quilting no matter how fast the speed is.
    Also, I've notice that especially at the beginning of the quilt the bottom thread is very loose and gets bunched up. I think this is what causes the thread to break. I have the quilt tight, I have the presser foot down, I have the top and sides basted, what else can I do to avoid this problem, it looks bad and I spend a lot of time taking out stitches and re-sewing.
    Thanks
    What kind of thread are you using? And what weight? I just got my Tin Lizzie in December and tried out various threads. I found that the thinner weight threads also broke for me. I do best with 40 wt all cotton thread in both the top and in the bobbin. I also think your tension may need some adjusting for your bottom loose thread--but it may help if you use the same weight thread in teh bobbin as you have on top. The Dealer that sold me the Tin Lizzie said she uses nothing but 40 weight all cotton thread--so I am kind of going be that. When I did experiment with other threads--I also had breakage.

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    I have the Tin Lizzie 18LS and am perfectly happy with it. I bought her used last year and struggled a bit at first. But, after I got the hang of it, I did okay. I don't quilt for others, just for myself and for comfort (aka charity) quilts for our guild.

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    Quote Originally Posted by adnerb25
    Hi BabsO,
    I have a Tin Lizzie 18LS. I got it at the quilt show in New Jersey two years ago. I have only done about 3 quilts on it as I am still working and can't seem to find the time. The quilts that I did do came out nicely. I am still learning a lot about longarm quilting. There is a yahoo group specifically for the Tin Lizzie that you might like to join. I have gotten a tremendous amount of information from the ladies on that site. They are really knowledgeable. As far as the poles, I like them much better than the first set-up that I had. I used to have the Pfaff GrandQuilter and Inspira frame. It did a beautiful job, but there just wasn't enough space to quilt in. I went with the Tin Lizzie
    because I tried a few of the machines out at the quilt show and I liked the way that it moved the best. It was also in my price range. Good luck and have fun.
    Brenda R. (New Jersey)
    What's the web site for the Yahoo group?

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    Quote Originally Posted by meme peggy
    I am looking at the Tin lizzie sixteen (I think ) and the Bernina 440...can't decide between the two...any one can shed some light on either for me...I really think the Lizzie is my slight first choice...thanks, memepeggy
    Big difference...I don't believe the Bernina 440 is intended to be put on a frame...I had a 440 QE and loved it, but I think the distance between the needle and the right side of the machine is about 7 or so inches, a far cry from the Tin Lizzie's 16", so really no comparison. That being said, I loved my 440, and now have a 730 which is an awsome machine, but would love to have a Tin Lizzie or any long arm. I do have a Juki on a frame which has a 9" throat, and it works well, but more quilting space would be awesome!

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    I am using the King Tut thread that they sent with the machine. I am using the same thread in the top and bottom. I'll check the tension. Thanks.

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