How to Troubleshoot a TinLizzie 18 LS


The TinLizzie 18 LS is an industrial sewing machine distributed worldwide by TinLizzie 18, LLC, a family-owned company. Your TinLizzie 18 LS has a one-year full warranty, as well as a five-year warranty on parts, covering the frame, motor, head and electronics of your sewing machine. Troubleshooting your TinLizzie 18 LS will help you save time by keeping your sewing machine in optimal working condition.

  • Adjust the take-up bar to a space measuring the width of your finger tip between the machine bed and the quilt if you have poor-stitch quality. This means you either have the take-up bar positioned too high, which creates "loopies" or large loops on the back of the quilt. If you have the take-up bar positioned too low, the quilt drags on the bed of your machine. Locate the take-up bar on the front side of your sewing machine, just about the thread guide.

  • Check to make certain you have the needle positioned correctly if the top thread breaks. The needle scarf, which looks like a notch on one side of the needle, must face the back of your sewing machine. The long groove of the needle faces you when you insert the needle in your machine.

  • Turn the thread tension disk a quarter turn clockwise if you find "eyelashes" or long, loose stitches on the back of your quilt. The presence of eyelashes means not enough top tension. Locate the thread tension disk on the front of your machine numbered from 0 to 4. Keep turning the thread tension disk a little at a time until you have a quality stitch.

  • Adjust the tension disk counterclockwise if the quilt puckers on top. This means the top tension is set too tight, which makes the back of the fabric stretch too tight. Turn the disk a little at a time until you have a quality stitch.

  • Look for small pieces of thread, lint and debris on your TinLizzie during operation and remove them if you find the movement of your machine difficult to control.

Tips & Warnings

  • Contact TinLizzie at 888-784-5818 if you need service for your sewing machine and your dealer cannot resolve the problem.
  • Clean out the bobbin case each time you check the bobbin by using a soft bristle brush to collect dust and lint. Wipe out the bobbin case with a cotton swab containing a drop of a drop of machine oil included with your TinLizzie.

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