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Thread: Hq sweet 16

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    Nov 2011
    Calgary, Alberta

    Hq sweet 16

    Does anyone have feed back or info on the Handi-Quilt Sweet Sixteen sit-down model?
    Good or bad, any opinions appreciated.
    Thank you in advance

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    Senior Member crashnquilt's Avatar
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    Aug 2008
    Lebanon, Missouri
    My sister has this machine and loves loves loves it. I have the HQ16 on a frame and love it dearly. I have used my sisters machine a few times and it is a dream for free motion quilting. These machines are true work horse machines and require VERY LITTLE home maintenance. Just clean the bobbin area and oil it and you're good to go. The HandiQuilter team is absolutely wonderful. Doesn't matter if your machine is under warranty or not, those people really stand behind their machines and are quick to help you with any question you might have. You really can't go wrong buying a HandiQuiler!

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    Jun 2011
    Salt Lake City area
    I love my sitdown sweet 16! I have tried long arm machines, and I just prefer the sitdown versions where I move the fabric instead of the machine. I've only had mine for 8-9 months, but I've done a lot of practice work on it, 5 quilts, and 3 or 4 table runners. It is soooo much easier to FMQ on the S16 than my Bernina 440. I have used a variety of threads on it - Isacord, Superior So Fine, Superior King Tut, Yenmet metallics, Aurafil, and Gutterman are the ones I remember - without any problem. I generally use a Superior SuperBOB prewound bobbin just because it is easier, but I have also used the same thread as in the top for some of the threads. I've done most of my work with a Warm and Natural batting, but I did some practice squares with 80/20, poly, and even wool. You do have to feel comfortable with adjusting tensions to use a wide variety of threads and battings, but it isn't terribly hard. I use a lot of vintage sewing machines, so it is just second nature to me.

    I think the hardest thing to get used to is straight lines. I'm still improving at using a ruler (like the long arms do), and if the line is short I do them free motion but it is certainly not as easy as using a walking foot.

    I do recommend a slider to cover the small space between the machine and the table. It is very easy to do the regular cleaning and oiling needed, and I don't find it bothersome.


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    Power Poster Mariposa's Avatar
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    Jul 2010
    Eastern Washington
    I have an HQ16, and I really enjoy it! Has been a wonderful machine! Easy to maintain, and no mechanical issues. I'd highly recommend one-either style.
    Be a blessing to others, as you may entertain angels unaware!

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    i don't know about the sit down model- but i do know the service department and customer service with HQ is very good- they are a great company to do business with- and very very helpful long distance when needed
    hiding away in my stash where i'm warm, safe and happy

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    Super Member AliKat's Avatar
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    Apr 2007
    Phoenix, AZ
    If you have no room for an HQ 16 on a frame, the Avante, or Fusion ... then the Sweet 16 is the way to go. Also is easier on the budget.

    I love my HQ16! HQ is available to talk me through any questions I might have.

    Have fun quilting! If it isn't fun, you will miss a lot.

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    Senior Member carolstickelmaier's Avatar
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    Jul 2010
    cental Illinois
    I to have a sit down HQ 16. I love it. The only problems I have found for me so far is Sulky thread.................don't use. It breaks constantly............was told by dealer they don't recommend it because of breakage. It is at times hard to get the round needle in place correctly. As for the stickyness of table. I learned a long time ago to polish with cloth (there really is a good amount of dirt in it) it will polish nicely, or use silicone or furniture polish to get it good and slick! Love the table and lights. I also add more table space when doing a large quilt. You're right about the the learning curve on straight lines, so far I use a ruler made for that. I like it when doing small busy designs. It works smoothly. It is awkward to put bobbin in place as I have arthritis and a bad back.
    You'll love it.

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    Senior Member QuiltNama's Avatar
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    Nov 2008
    Duluth/ Superior, WI
    Have HQ16 and love it. Their customer service is wonderful. I use all types of thread and lots of different battings. My backs have been cotton, sheets, flannel, Minkey, etc. and all have quilted up nicely. Would not hesitate to recommend their machines and service. Most important...go to your shop that is selling them and test drive one for yourself.

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    Senior Member omaluvs2quilt's Avatar
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    Nov 2011
    Las Vegas, NV
    I just test drove one last week and LOVED it, the stitches were perfect! Didn't think about the straight lines though, that could be a bit of a learning curve.

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    Super Member soccertxi's Avatar
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    May 2010
    Glendale AZ
    I had an HQ16 sit down model I put on a frame I already had. I eventually upgraded to a used Gammill, but I LOVED that HQ! She was a work horse. I sold the whole Kitandkaboodle to a friend who quilts the HECK out of that HQ. She is still quilting along!I would advise test driving one. You will see soon enough if it is a good fit for you.

    PS straight lines on ANY machine with a hopping foot is a learning curve for sure! That is why long armers charge more for SID! You should see me try! OMGoodness! Its a HOOT! Tongue out just so,worry lines working , and a death grip on the handles. I need a glass of wine! lolol
    Beth in AZ
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