Any Tiara owners on the board? Pros and Cons?
I cannot help you on the price barb, but I wanted to say Hi and it is nice to meet you.
Life is like a quilt...bits & pieces, joy & sorrow, stitched with love
I got my Tiara in November too. I still haven't figured out the tension! I am so frustrated with it. I have a wedding quilt I need to get done and I really need to figure it out. Seems like no matter what I do the bottom thread pokes through the top. I came online to see if I could find any help. My dealer is about an hour away and I went in there once already, I left confident that I would get the tension right but I still don't know what I am doing wrong.
I got a good deal on mine $5499 which included the machine, table with one extension, table overlay, starter kit and a nice chair. I added another extension for $100 more. I had a choice of $300 shopping spree in the store or the chair and I chose the chair. I think each dealer puts different packages together.
pigeonn, hello and welcome to the group. we have a long arm group here. go up above and click on groups, then scroll to the long arm group. you will need to join that group. you should get lots of help there.
gini in north idaho
Pigeonn, I think Gini meant to say "discussion thread" instead of "group."
Here is the link to the start of that thread... Longarmers share#1
You can read this thread, but you won't be able to reply since it is now locked. On the last page, there should be a link to the new Longarmers share#2 which is still active. There may be some hints in these discussions to help you with tension.
On the banks of the Mississippi River in north central Minnesota (Brainerd lakes area)
I just got mine fixed last week. Always had tension problems since purchased in November. Took samples of the tension issues I was having in six different times.Two weeks ago I bawled and got some results from my local dealer. I did have to take the machine in. It took about an hour to figure out that the top tension was so tight that it wouldn't keep the thread. It is working great now. I know it is a bit far for you to take in your machine but I would do it. You got a great deal with your machine. Everyhting I bought was all extra costs. I am having one more issue, sure it is operator error (mine). When you stop and start you can always tell.Good luck.
Keebs - Wondering if you still have tension problems on your Tiara. I just got one two weeks ago, and have not been able to get the tension to stay adjusted. It sews for a little while in perfect tension, then goes loopy on top. Have spent 20 hours playing with tension, and nothing seems to work. Have tried all adjustments, rethreading, new needles, new bobbin, rethreading, adjusting bobbin, cleaning, etc. The machine is diabolical, and I am so so disappointed. Especially since I paid $5,100 without the stitch regulator.
I wouldn't recommend this machine to anyone who just wants to have fun quilting. It is a waste of time if you have to play with constant tension problems that no one seems to be able to solve.
My area around 6, I can only dream about that machine I would have it in a heartbeat if I could!!!
Quilting My Rainbow
I received my Tiara on my birthday in Dec.,2013. I also had tension problems, but I read the book and I knew that you had to make sure that the bottom thread and the top thread are hooked together in the batting. I used two very different colors that would make it easier for me to tell which thread was the problem. I turned the little black knob just a tiny bit and then sewed about 6 inches. If the bottom thread was still not being hooked in the batting, I turned the knob again a tiny bit more. I did this for quite awhile until I achieved the tension that I needed. If you change the thread to a different brand or type, I had to correct the tension again. There is really very little adjustment after you find the perfect tension for your thread and your machine. Good Luck and be patient.
How did you like the machine in comparison to HQ SS? I am trying to decide on which one to go with. Tiara dealer is much closer but the machine is more expensive than HQ even thou they are both manufactured by Handiquilter. (you figure) Did anyone tell you why. ASAP please the search is on for tomorrow early morning run.
There is a great group on Yahoo! for the Tiara and S16. I don't have one of these machines yet, but I have learned a lot about them from the ladies in this group.
Got my Taria last Dec. also had problems learning tension, think Babylock should do a better job if instructing their dealers so they could help customers. Have enjoyed quilting with it. have been doing a lot of practing, on table runners &place mats, have done a baby quilt and on my second full size quilt, but not to happy with stitch regulator, stitches even but same size stitch no matter what stitch length I set, and most of LED lights burned out last week. called tech, he's going to look at it next week. Hope it will be warrented
I tried out the new tiara this week, it wouldn't micro stipple.