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    New machine purchase?

    Help me justify the purchase of a HQ Sweet Sixteen, its alot of money and all my quilting is for hobby, I have tons of unfinished projects, mostly quilt tops that I'm saving in anticipation of getting a sweet 16.

    For all who have one, let me know if its worth it!

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    I don't have one but if you have the money and you want one then why not make the purchase?
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    My girlfriend just bought one in April, and she loves it!! I have tried it and I found it very easy to use. I do not like to machine quilt--I hire it done-- but if I did, I would definitely go that route because the machine is so easy to learn.

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    Yes, if you have the money, and it won't be taking money out of household needs then get one. WOW...they are so darned cute....I just loved seeing that sweet thing in action at the Quilt Festival this year. It was fascinating to watch the stitch regulator in action!

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    Oh man, you guys are too easy !! I would definitely have to set up a payment plan.

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    How much would it cost you to send your stack of quilt tops out to a long arm quilter to be quilted?
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    If you are talking about the HQ Sweet Sixteen sit down model shown here http://www.handiquilter.com/product/hq-sweet-sixteen/ I say go for it. I would absolutely love this machine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PaperPrincess View Post
    How much would it cost you to send your stack of quilt tops out to a long arm quilter to be quilted?
    Don't want to send them out, the reason I made the quilt tops and wall hangings is so that I can quilt them myself. I just put off the quilting, with the mind set that someday I will get a long arm. Just trying to justify $5k for a hobby.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerudy View Post
    Don't want to send them out, the reason I made the quilt tops and wall hangings is so that I can quilt them myself. I just put off the quilting, with the mind set that someday I will get a long arm. Just trying to justify $5k for a hobby.
    I m no help, I am right where you are now.
    I am on the fence between a long arm and a new DMS, the DMS I want is 3200.00 - the new Brother. I could quilt on it, but I can't decide between going the route of DMS quilting or long arm. Pros and Cons of both. I get nervous when I hear people talk about how much is involved in getting the quilt loaded on the frame, adjusting the tension, and on and on.
    But you have to baste the quilts when you do them on the DMS and I hate that and but I don't know if I can handle wresteling the quilts on a DMS either. So confused.

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    I looked at the sweet 16 too. I use a friends bailey right now and love it and she's leaving next year, now I can't live without a longarm. For the same price as the sweet sixteen, Baileys comes with a frame and stitch regulator and can be used on a table top.....I'll be watching this to see what you decide. I'm buying one or the other in the spring.
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    I'm in the same position right now. I'll be watching this thread for sage advice!

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    Worth it? I bought one recently and I love it and am I am so happy to have it! For me, I have the desire to use it and will be making my way through my quilt tops as my skills develop. I was very lucky to run across a good deal on a floor model Sweet 16. We were able to pay cash, and I try to not look back. Yes, they are relatively expensive; kind of like hubby’s table saw and riding mower were expensive. He enjoys having and using those items and they make his tasks more enjoyable and productive.

    The HQ Sweet 16 is a quality product that really does make quilting easier, more fun and more productive -- at least for me. Maneuvering so much easier with the work area it provides. It doesn’t take up a lot of room compared to the stand-up models which occupy the space of a good-sized room. The Sweet 16 is darned cute and it’s a joy to use. And, it is Made in the USA (for those who care about jobs in America).

    Like many women, I’ve conditioned myself to feel guilty spending money on myself especially for items whose main purpose is my enjoyment. Hubby reminds me often not to feel that way. My family is far from rich however this purchase was not going to have an adverse affect on our family economy. So for me, YES, it was worth it and I am happy and feel privileged to have it. (:

    On the other hand, my good friend and sewing buddy would love to have one as well. For her though, the answer on “worth” would have to be: No. She honestly doesn’t have the space in her apartment, even for the Sweet 16, nor can she afford any sort payment plan as she is a single parent struggling through a very difficult economy. Will she still have a wonderful time sewing and quilting without one? Yes, absolutely! And, of course, I will be happy to share my machine with her.

    So, “worth” is a question to which only you have the answer. If you decide yes, I imagine you will love yours too! (:

    Wishing you much Quilty-Fun!
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    Oh how I wish. I have been looking at the HQ Sweet 16 since last year and would love to own it. I say if you can get it why not. It's for a hobby you love to do and it will help you finish your projects faster then if you had to quilt on your sewing machine. Who knows you may later turn it into a profit for yourself. Like my husband says, there is nothing like having the right tools to do a great job!! And I agree! The love you have for quilting should be enough of a reason to justify your purchase plus this is a machine you will use for years on end! When you get it post a picture so we can all drool over it..
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eyelets View Post
    Yes, if you have the money, and it won't be taking money out of household needs then get one. WOW...they are so darned cute....I just loved seeing that sweet thing in action at the Quilt Festival this year. It was fascinating to watch the stitch regulator in action!
    So does the stitch regulator do a pretty good job?

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    Get it, life is short, and if you have that many tops sending them to the LAQ will cost you that much after a few years of their service

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    Connie, Does yours have the stitch regulato? I am going to try to get to take a drive on one soon. What are the features I should tryout ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tezell0801 View Post
    I m no help, I am right where you are now.
    I am on the fence between a long arm and a new DMS, the DMS I want is 3200.00 - the new Brother. I could quilt on it, but I can't decide between going the route of DMS quilting or long arm. Pros and Cons of both. I get nervous when I hear people talk about how much is involved in getting the quilt loaded on the frame, adjusting the tension, and on and on.
    But you have to baste the quilts when you do them on the DMS and I hate that and but I don't know if I can handle wresteling the quilts on a DMS either. So confused.
    Get the longarm. This is no contest. A no-brainer. Get the longarm. You won't regret it.

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    Definitely go for it! I have the HQ 16 with a 12' table, and I love it! I do mostly my own quilting, and have done a few for others. I also got tired of trying to get an "appt." to quilt my stuff, and having to take a day off of work to get it done.
    No more! Love this machine! It is easier to load, etc. than one thinks. JMHO~
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    I'm really set on the Sweet 16, I haven't actually thought about the HQ16, I leaning to the sweet because it is a sit-down model, (I'm not getting any younger, and don't like standing for extended lengths of time), and even though I think I have the room, I don't want to take up all the space I have with a really large machine and frame.

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    I bought mine from a company in California. Free shipping, 48 months same as cash and no sales tax. I really like it.

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    Just think of all those projects finished. If that doesn't work, repeat after me, "I deserve this Machine, I'm going to have this machine" Repeat this constantly until you believe it to be true. Failing that , I'll give you permission to have it. BTW did I mention I'm your fairy god mother. Good luck and Happy Quilting.

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    AtHomeSewing, your reasoning is spot on! You've sold me. Actually I've never seen this machine or it's work. But I'd love to have one. I love what you said about the table saw and the lawnmower. What about those huge TVs? We gals tend to be too practical. That Sweet Sixteen would be just the machine for limited space.
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    Have you looked at the Sunshine 16? About half the price. I just went around test driving. I test drove this one at the Milwaukee show and really liked it. http://www.sunshine16.com/
    - Rose

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    I'm where you are--on the fence, a new Pfaff with a 10 inch throat or a Sweet Sixteen. My problem was basting--with bad knees, can't get on the floor anymore to baste it together. Watched Sharon Shambre's You Tube video on basting on a table with long 1 by 4 inch boards. (see hand basting a quilt top) It works with some modifications. Just demoed it yesterday to my class. That's what was holding me back from getting a sit down machine and not a LA. Still vacillating about which way to go--Pfaff or Sweet Sixteen. SandyQuilter

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    Personally, I think its cheaper to have a few quilts a year sent out to a LAQ, than purchase a machine to quilt your own. Its an expensive machine to sit unused 360 days a year.

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