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Thread: hq 16 sit down quilting machine

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    hq 16 sit down quilting machine

    I was wondering if anyone had a sit down quilting machine. I know baby lock just came out with the Tiara. There is a hq16 that is a sit down machine. I wondered if anyone had opinions on them. Thank you

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    I just tried one (the HQ sweet 16) at the NW quilting Expo and I loved it! Now I need to figure out how to pay for one.

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    The Tiara is an HQ Sweet Sixteen branded for Babylock. A dealer who sells both told me that they are identical.

    I tried the HQ and liked it a lot. I priced both and even though the Babylock retails higher, got a lower price on the Babylock. Now just to decide if I want to sit down and quilt.

    Good luck.

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    I tried one at the last show in GR, MI, I loved it but would have to get rid of the Grace frame...it would definitely take up less room...a good point....good show price also
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    Tried both. They were identical. I want one badly!

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    I purchased the HQ Sweet Sixteen this summer as I do not have room for a LA machine. My DD uses the machine all the time and loves it. If I can get her off of it, I may have time to get some of my quilts quilted. There is a learning curve involved as with all quilting machines.
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    I have the HQ 16 and friends have the Sweet 16. We love our machines. HQ gives great service!

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    I bought the HQ Sweet 16 about 2 months ago and it's great. There's a Yahoo group for that machine that has a ton of useful information.

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    I'm torn between getting the HQ Sweet 16 sit down or the Tin Lizzie sit down. I got to try out the HQS16 at the Birmingham Quilt Expo but the Lizzie dealer didn't have one on the floor :'( I also want to drive out to Tn and try out the Sunshine 16 before I make any decisions. The Sunshine isn't much to look at but it's half the price. I've heard that some people have tension issues with that one and that makes me a bit cautious... but the HQ sewed like a dream. It was nice... having said that, the dealer was a pressure salesperson and that put me off. HAD to buy it right then to get the good price. Two days later when the show is over, the price would be back to msrp...

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    Just curious what the show price was, if you don't mind sharing.

    Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by LyndaOH View Post
    Just curious what the show price was, if you don't mind sharing.

    Thanks!

    The Lizzie was $3995 and the HQ was $4495 with free delivery. The Lizzie did not have free shipping. I can't really compare them since the Lizzie wasn't available at the show.

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    I love my Sweet 16. I was not interested in a frame setup since I really like holding the fabric instead of the handles. It makes it so much easier to quilt bigger quilts! I would check what reviews say about both machines. Do you have good local dealers for both?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yarn or Fabric View Post
    The Lizzie was $3995 and the HQ was $4495 with free delivery. The Lizzie did not have free shipping. I can't really compare them since the Lizzie wasn't available at the show.
    Thanks so much!

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    Was the $4495 with or without stitch regulator?

    I hate those high pressure dealers. I have a dealer in the area who quoted me a price of $5200 with SR - good always, she said. She doesn't like to pressure.

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    That was without the stitch regulator since I didn't feel as if I really needed it. My stitches were nice and even without it. I want to say that it was $5195 with the stitch regulator but don't quote me on that one. I am fairly sure that I still have the handout from the show that has all the info on it. I didn't pay that much attention to it since I wasn't interested in the regulator. It didn't make the stitches as even as I felt it should for the money

    Quote Originally Posted by cmw0829 View Post
    Was the $4495 with or without stitch regulator?

    I hate those high pressure dealers. I have a dealer in the area who quoted me a price of $5200 with SR - good always, she said. She doesn't like to pressure.

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    Okay... I got off my lazy backside and found the flyer from the quilt expo. The HQS16 w/ regulator was on sale for $5295. I was close. W/o the regulator it was $4495.




    Quote Originally Posted by cmw0829 View Post
    Was the $4495 with or without stitch regulator?

    I hate those high pressure dealers. I have a dealer in the area who quoted me a price of $5200 with SR - good always, she said. She doesn't like to pressure.

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    I test drove the Tin Lizzie and the HQ Sweet 16 and while my stitch quality was fine with both of them, I did not like the clunkiness of the Tin Lizzie. The dealer also did not get back to me and answer the questions I had. So I went with the HQ and am so glad I did.
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    I wish I was able to test the TL at the show. That would have been really nice... I am concerned that I won't like the height of the TL. It's a few inches shorter than the HQ which to me is a bit claustrophobic in a weird kind of a way. I liked the openness of the HQ.
    I'm hoping to test the TL this week and then drive out to Waverly, TN to check out the Sunshine 16. Since I don't want or need the regulator, if I like the Sunshine then I'll be able to save a considerable amount of money - if I like the way it stitches and runs... it will only end up costing money in the end if I'm not happy with it from the get go... but I'm really really leaning towards the HQ...

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