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Thread: HQ Sixteen-New to Me!

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    HQ Sixteen-New to Me!

    I recently purchased this HQ Sixteen from a Craigslist ad, got it set up a week ago and just finish FMQing my first quilt on it. It's not one of the new HQ Sweet Sixteens; it's an HQ Sixteen that I believe is 2 or 3 years old. I got it for about 1/3 the price of the new ones, and it stitches like a dream. I was pretty comfortable buying this one used because the lady I got it from had gotten it used a year earlier at our LQS, where they are HQ dealers/servicers. They had sold it to the original owner also, who had upgraded to something larger and traded it in.

    I like the hopping foot for FMQing; it's a little different to FMQ than with my Juki TL 98 Q with a 9" harp that I was using, but I had almost zero learning curve to make the transition. I as soon as I got this machine set up, I did a small test feather and then started right in on the purple quilt (posted here: FMQ Feathers on Purple Passion Quilt--Finished! ). It didn't come with sit-down table; instead I set it up on a 4' x 5' built in table that I used to have the Juki on. I used rigid pink insulation foam board cut to fit around the machine and covered in fabric then heavyweight clear plastic so I'd have a nice smooth quilting surface. It gives me a huge flush surface area for large quilts; better I think than the HQ table that is available, and certainly much less expensive.

    I think the thing I like best about this machine so far is that there is so much better visibility, and I don't have to crane my neck so much to get a clear view of the stitching area. Of course the extra harp space is WONDERFUL too! The harp isn't just wider, it's higher too and seems way more "open".

    So, I think you probably get the idea that I LIKE this machine a lot and am very happy to have it!

    EDIT: So the pics didn't show up in the order I added them, but you'll get the idea. I haven't figured out how to post descriptions for each picture yet...

    The first picture shows the HQ Sixteen ready to go. That's a non-stick teflon oven liner I'm using in place of a much more expensive and smaller Supreme Slider mat. I just tape it down on 2 sides with some packing tape and it stays in place quite nicely.

    The second picture shows access to the bobbin area.

    The third is a quilt in-progress.

    And the last pic is when I first got it and set it beside my Juki TL 98 Q that seemed pretty good sized until compared to this one! That Juki is still my very favorite machine and has be promoted almost exclusively to piecing and other similar projects.
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    Wendy

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    Wow, that's a nice set up. Enjoy your machine.

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    What a wonderful setup. I like the way you wrapped the vinyl around your styrofoam blocks. It all looks very neat. Great ideas!
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    Very nice! I saw one of these recently on Craigslist too, but I'm thinking I"m holding out for the Avante' AND a place to put it. LOL
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    looks great!!
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    Thats the one I have my eye on. I sure haven't seen one on my local craigslist. Bummer.

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    Nice set up
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    I have been looking at the Sweet 16 because of space limitations. I am impressed with your idea for the table setup. What size and thickness of foam board did you use? I may use your idea for my Elna 7300. The wheels are really turning here!
    Sweet Caroline

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    Lucky you! I thought an HQ16 had to be used with an enormous frame, nice to know it doesn't. Unless, of course this is a sit down model.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nyelphaba View Post
    Lucky you! I thought an HQ16 had to be used with an enormous frame, nice to know it doesn't. Unless, of course this is a sit down model.
    With a foot control for it, you can use it as a sit down.
    Wendy

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