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Handiquilter Sweet 16 against a wall?

Old 03-11-2018, 12:39 PM
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Default 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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Old 03-11-2018, 12:43 PM
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Yes. Mine is against a wall.
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Old 03-11-2018, 12:44 PM
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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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Old 03-11-2018, 03:22 PM
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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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Old 03-11-2018, 03:51 PM
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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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Old 03-11-2018, 04:06 PM
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Mine has always been up against a wall with no issues (close to 7 years)....
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Old 03-11-2018, 05:36 PM
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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.
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