Any Tiara owners on the board? Pros and Cons?
Can't help you with that specific make/model, but wondering if this is on a frame or a sit-down model?
On the banks of the Mississippi River in north central Minnesota (Brainerd lakes area)
MNnancy, this is Baby Lock's brand new 16" sit-down model, similar to the HQ Sweet 16 I think. I saw it at the show in Madison but did not spend much time with it.
Newbie2009, take it for a test drive if you have a dealer nearby. I have the Crown Jewel on a frame but if you don't have room for a frame, the sit-downs are great alternatives. A friend of mine has an HQ Sweet 16 & enjoys it. It's also nice if you want to move the fabric instead of a machine.
I think i've seen advertisement in magazine but thats all i can say.
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Baby lock is made by handiquilter so it will be very similar to their sweet 16.
I took advice and test drove a Tiara a couple times. It has been ordered and impatiently waiting for its arrival. In the meantime I have been making up potholders and wall hangings on which to practice. Can hardly wait.
I just had to chuckle... Quilting potholders with a 16" machine seems a bit of an overkill, but I understand wanting to practice. Looking forward to pictures of your new baby!
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I just acquired one. I think I am going to love it. I am having some tension problems, but I think it is because I need to learn the feel of the thread through the tension disks. The mechanism is like a Singer Featherweight. I am currently using it to quilt a McKenna Ryan pattern that has tiny fusible pieces. The needle is leaving larger holes that I would like but that is probable because I used fusiboo batting and the fusible under the appliqued pieces. The needles are larger than a standard machine, but they have to be to handle the 1500 stitches per inch.
How exciting Keebs, you will have to share some pictures of your new toy. If I have not already said so, nice to meet you.
Life is like a quilt...bits & pieces, joy & sorrow, stitched with love
I got mine delivered last Thursday. I also had tension problems. Finally figured out it is the threading of the machine. On mine you can hear a slight click when you get it pulled correctly between the tension disks. We had adjusted and adjusted the bottom tension before we figured that out. So far all I have done is practice getting the feel for the machine. I do have some things that I used fusible for applique, need to try to do one of them. I think I will really like the machine once I get used to it. I chose this machine because I am not able to stand for long period of times so hopefully this will work well for me. Really wish the bobbin was more easily accessible. It is almost like I am afraid to try using it on something I plan to give away----I better get over it because I have Christmas presents ready to by completed.
Congrats on your purchase! Practice is the best thing you can do. I had tension issues on my Crown Jewel & it does take time to get to know your machine, what thread it likes, tension settings, etc. Relax, have fun & play :-)
newbie2009:I got mine delivered last Thursday.
Congrats, don't forget to share pictures!!!
do you know what the manufacturer's suggested retail price is?
I cannot help you on the price barb, but I wanted to say Hi and it is nice to meet you.