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Thread: Handiquilter Sweet 16 against a wall?

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    Super Member rryder's Avatar
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    Handiquilter Sweet 16 against a wall?

    Hey all,
    Can a Handiquilter Sweet Sixteen sit- down machine be pushed up against a wall? In other words, is it necessary to be able to walk behind it?

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    Junior Member indycat32's Avatar
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    Yes. Mine is against a wall.

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    Super Member quiltingshorttimer's Avatar
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    Rob, don't have one but a friend has a sit down and it's against the wall--she just has a large table with most of the table to the two sides as her machine head/needle faces her instead of being to one side. Hope that makes sense.

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    Power Poster QuiltE's Avatar
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    No problem against a wall.
    Actually you will probably like it that way.

    Mine is not against a wall, and I have considered putting a "bumper" on the back edge
    so that it keeps the quilt on the table and avoids the drag when it falls off.
    That being said, it really has not been a problem for me,
    but if I could get using it more and doing larger quilts, I might be adding that bumper!
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    Mine used to be up against the wall, but due to lack of space when I bought another DM machine and table, I moved my HQS16 across one of the french doors that leads out to the garden. That way I get loads of light when working, in the spring and summer with both doors open it is like being outside. When the machine is not in use, I keep the curtains drawn across the doors. It looks weird, but on dreary winter days, the light is great.

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    Mine has always been up against a wall with no issues (close to 7 years)....

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    Senior Member IceLeopard's Avatar
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    Mine is in a corner, so the back and right side are both against the wall. (DH thought it ought to be away from the wall, "so the quilt can hang off the side." I explained quilting physics to him.)

    I've only needed to access the back once. I hit a pin and the needle wouldn't go up. There is a wheel on the back, like the wheel on the side of a sewing machine, to raise the needle manually.
    Both quilts and husbands help keep you warm,
    but quilts never grumble when you buy more fabric.

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