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Opinions on Handi Quilter Sweet 16 Sit down machine?

Old 07-18-2011, 01:46 PM
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Don't have a lot of $ but this one seemed affordable for me...any opinions -- good or bad?
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Old 07-18-2011, 01:55 PM
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I will be interested in seeing responses from actual users. I wish I would have looked more seriously at this machine before I purchased my current machine. It looks like a great machine.
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Old 07-18-2011, 02:06 PM
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My mom bought one from the MQX East Show in April and we LOVE it. I get to use it any time I want.

You can't go wrong!!
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Old 07-18-2011, 02:09 PM
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Originally Posted by Rachelcb80
I will be interested in seeing responses from actual users. I wish I would have looked more seriously at this machine before I purchased my current machine. It looks like a great machine.
Which one did you get?
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Old 07-18-2011, 02:17 PM
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I considered this one. I contacted the company to find out when they would have a unit in my state for me to test drive. It's a good price point and if you have limited space, a good option. You move the quilt, like you would with a domestic machine. There is quite a large harp area compared to a regular sewing machine and a large table, but I decided I didn't want to wrestle quilts anymore, both to pin/baste the sandwich and then to quilt, so I got a Tin Lizzie long arm.
Contact the company to see when a rep will be in your State with a unit. Test drive one with YOUR large quilt, not just a small test piece to make sure it's for you!
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Old 07-18-2011, 02:24 PM
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Anywhere I can get a look at it? May in Jersey who is about to wrestle a twin size quilt through her Pfaff on a very hot and humid day.
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Old 07-18-2011, 02:32 PM
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Originally Posted by PaperPrincess
I considered this one. I contacted the company to find out when they would have a unit in my state for me to test drive. It's a good price point and if you have limited space, a good option. You move the quilt, like you would with a domestic machine. There is quite a large harp area compared to a regular sewing machine and a large table, but I decided I didn't want to wrestle quilts anymore, both to pin/baste the sandwich and then to quilt, so I got a Tin Lizzie long arm.
Contact the company to see when a rep will be in your State with a unit. Test drive one with YOUR large quilt, not just a small test piece to make sure it's for you!
Here's my dilemma...I don't have $15,000+ for a "real" longarm and I'm trying to teach this "old dog" a new trick because when I learned how to quilt all they were doing was handquilting, and try as I might, I can't seem to maneuver my quilts through my regular machines so I thought more space=an easier time? I also live in a teeny tiny house with absolutely no space for a long arm...
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Old 07-18-2011, 02:36 PM
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There have been several threads on this (try Search at the top of the page).

I got mine last November and I love it. I don't have room for a table/frame set up, so it was just right for me. There is so much room, I don't consider it wrestling the quilt under, just repositioning, and since I cant' stand for long periods, this is great for me as I can sit down, hence the name. No tension problems whatever, and I've used different threads, plus different on top compared to bottom and it took them all in it's stride.
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Old 07-18-2011, 02:39 PM
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Originally Posted by Lacelady
There have been several threads on this (try Search at the top of the page).

I got mine last November and I love it. I don't have room for a table/frame set up, so it was just right for me. There is so much room, I don't consider it wrestling the quilt under, just repositioning, and since I cant' stand for long periods, this is great for me as I can sit down, hence the name. No tension problems whatever, and I've used different threads, plus different on top compared to bottom and it took them all in it's stride.
That was my thought too.
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Old 07-18-2011, 02:50 PM
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I have looked at this one, but decided to get a Juki 2010 instead. $899 and even tho the arm isn't as long as the HQ it is much nicer than my Singer Futura that I was quilting with (7 big quilts last year) When I have room I am going to get a frame so I can stop pushing the quilt through the machine AND just drive the machine around the quilt.
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