Today, we honor Bill.

Posted by on March 22, 2016

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It is with great sadness that we announce today the passing of the patriarch of the TinLizzie18 family, Bill Floyd.

As you know, Bill is the reason we have all come together—family, friends, customers, manufacturers, dealers, staff—to create this great TL18 community. He’s the thread that has bound us all together and he will be greatly missed.

WILLIAM FLOYD
February 17, 1930—March 21, 2016

“To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die.” —Thomas Campbell

 

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Choose Your Batting Wisely

Posted by on April 30, 2014

battingDid you know there’s batting made especially for long arm quilting machines?

Two American made products just for long arms have arrived from Fairfield Batting Company of Connecticut, and been sent to TinLizzie18 Retail & Learning Centers for distribution.

One is pure poly batting, double folded onto a 20 yard roll.

The second is a 60/40 blend of cotton and poly on a double folded 20 yard roll. TinLizzie18 has  an exclusive partnership to distribute this specialized batting from our training facilities in:

  • Janesville, Wisconsin
  • Salt Lake City, Utah
  • San Diego, Ca
  • Atlanta, Georgia

To order just call 1-888-QUILT-18.  CLICK HERE to read more!

Following are just some of the reasons quilters want these two products:

  1. The thickness is perfect for getting two different color threads (top and bottom) to lock the stitch in the batting and not show the other color of thread on the opposite side. This batting is flat yet just thick enough to get quality stitching and easily set your tensions.
  2. The poly batting doesn’t shrink and pucker up a quilt—so you can have that fresh pressed look to the quilt. This poly is tough and has some body to it so it handles easy on the machine and will withstand many, many washings.
  3. The poly also doesn’t retain germs for long as a germ will die on dry poly within 10 hours. Therefore this is the best batting for baby quilts, college dorm rooms, hospitals and elderly.
  4. The poly and the 60/40 hold together well and doesn’t break down and work through the fabric.
  5. The poly doesn’t built heat in the needle like some other battings do so this is the batting you would put into your quilt if you are using threads that are heat sensitive like gold metallic. Any thread that is fussy would stitch into this poly better in my opinion because of less resistance. I use this batting for competition.
  6.  The 60/40 has enough poly blended in so that when you fold your quilts and store them they wont retain a crease like 100 percent cotton does,
  7. The 60/40 is flat and soft and pure white. It has very little shrinkage and is very comfortable to sleep under.
  8. Shipping can sometimes be expensive with rolls this size, but TinLizzie18 has packaged the rolls in easy to ship boxes. They protect the batting in shipping and the shipping expense is less with a box than without a box.
  9. The length of these rolls is perfect also so that you can place both rolls on the batting bar at the same time if your machine is extended to 12 feet. This is very handy to have the rolls off of the floor and easy to pull off as much as you need and place it directly from the roller and into the quilt on the machine.
  10. The price is excellent and you are getting top quality batting that will last for years and years and years in your quilted project. 

 

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Introducing… a Brand New TL18 SuperStore!

Posted by on April 2, 2014

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Meet Bea Ranuum of B’s Fabric Fun & Sewing!

My name is Bea Ranum and I am the owner/manager of B’s Fabric Fun & Sewing (BFFS) located in Poulsbo, WA. I have had many different jobs over the years, but owning my own shop is by far the best and most rewarding. BFFS opened our doors in November of 2012 with a few goals in mind; to offer exceptional products and customer service in a fun and inviting shop. I have been quilting for over 20 years, and learn something new almost every day. In addition to my love of quilting, I also enjoy machine embroidery, photography and scuba diving.

I am excited to be a TinLizzie18 dealer and service center. I wanted to provide long arm quilting systems to my customers, but not just any systems. I wanted to be a TinLizzie18 dealer because this company believes strongly in customer service and educating the customer. We think like they do! Customer service is of utmost importance!

It is an honor to be able to be part of the TinLizzie18 family, and to offer their products and services to our customers. I look forward to many years of being part of the TinLizzie18 family, providing these excellent machines as well as service excellence to our customers.

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Ongoing Quilting Education is a Core Value at TinLizzie18 Retail & Learning Centers

Posted by on March 12, 2014

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With the introduction of TinLizzie18’s Retail & Learning Centers (TLRLCs) conveniently located in various regions throughout the United States, we’re taking a hands-on approach to customer service at a whole new level.

TinLizzie18 believes that quilters across America and throughout the world are looking for a true quilting partner, not just a machine vendor. We have created a quilting community that each and every quilter becomes part of the moment their very own TinLizzie18 quilting system arrives at their door. From in home delivery and set up to the rapidly growing list of on site classes at the TLRLCs, and an extensive online training program including webinars and videos to reach even more owners, TinLizzie18 quilters quickly realize that being a part of this quilting family is truly a comfort. Whether beginner or professional, or somewhere in between, quilters of all levels love to learn, share and grow in this art we are all so passionate about.

The classes and retreats offered are an interactive, hands-on experience with high energy, and are filled with knowledge and new, exciting patterns and techniques. Combining lectures with direct hands-on-machine training provides the most effective learning environment.

And quilters are not locked into just one instructor, but rather have several locations and instructors to choose from, so they can select the style, format and location that fits best. TinLizzie18 has assembled top of the line, quality trainers—expert and master quilters—to bring customers a full-range experience with the latest techniques and pattern methods so they can build their long arm knowledge and grow in their trade or hobby. The classes have high attendance by customers who purchase through the TLRLCs.

The beginner classes give new quilters the base knowledge they need to get started, including basic pantographing, freehanding, understanding tensions, discovering feathers, using rulers, computerized quilting first steps and more.  Other classes include:  thread painting, advanced computerized quilting, pantograph and laser light, service, and the ‘Busy in Six Months’ class for quilters looking to build their business.  Trunk shows and training kits are also scheduled.

The TLRLCs are designed to offer customers an experience like no other, with personalized, hands-on demonstrations prior to purchase. For new owners, the centers offer specialized in home delivery and setup by an expert TL18 team, followed by training and a great resource for supplies and accessories. For intermediates and pros, thinking of upgrading to a new system can be confusing. The TinLizzie18 Retail & Learning Centers provide support and follow on training in addition to equipment upgrades and a full range of quilting supplies.

All on-site staff is 100% factory trained. They share a passion not only for the TinLizzie18 product line, but also for the customers they serve; something that truly sets them apart from the pack. One interaction and you’ll see the TinLizzie18 difference.

Each of the TLRLC locations has a different landscape of fun activities to explore along with the love of quilting!  Current locations include Georgia, Wisconsin, Utah and California with additional SuperStores and Demo Locations. More Centers are planned in the near future.

If you’re a new machine quilter who’s been thinking about your first long arm quilting machine, or a seasoned quilter ready to upgrade, the TinLizzie18 Retail & Learning Centers are a great place to start. Demo the various machines and accessories and take advantage of exceptional training opportunities and second to none customer support.

Who doesn’t want to become part of a passionate quilting community?

Upcoming Classes.  Finding Lizzie: Join Us At An Upcoming Quilt Show.  Find a TL18RLC or SuperStore Near You.

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Meet Sherri Sanders… Our New TL18 RLC California Manager

Posted by on February 28, 2014

Ssanders Bio PicHello,  my name is Sherri Sanders.  I have been sewing  as long as I can remember and sewing has always been my passion.  However, quilting is my new passion,  I enthusiastically make quilt tops and love  being  able to finish them on a TinLizzie18 ESP.  I love teaching and sharing my knowledge of quilting,  sewing and embroidery  with others.

In the past, I have worked for major retailers,  independent sewing machine dealers and aerospace manufacturing.  I hold a bachelor’s degree in business management from the University of Phoenix.  I author  devotional writings for ZOE LIFE publications.

I am a certified Sulky instructor for 2012 and 2013. That gives me about 35 classes to teach you.  I hold credentials as a Jenny Haskins tutor, in quilting and embellishment.  I am currently working on becoming a  Martha Pullen licensed beginning sewing instructor.

I am so thrilled to be working with the TinLizzie18 team in beautiful Lake Forest, California.  Make sure you stop by and see us at the new location.  I will do my best to provide you with excellent customer service, along with knowledgeable service personnel and excellent educators in the aspects of our wonderful long arm quilting machines and Quilt Magician, as well as our Sitdown model.

I am looking forward to seeing you in the future.

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Used Lizzies and Frames for Sale!

Posted by on February 20, 2014

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Can you love a used long arm quilting machine, frame and accessories? Heck yeah! Our TinLizzie18 Retail & Learning Centers have used equipment on hand and it’s priced to sell!

Visit our Used Equipment web page to see which models are available along with pricing.

We’re looking for a warm, loving home for these excellent quilting companions!

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