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    Sweet Sixteen Quilting Machine

    Are any of you familiar with it? Do you have one and if you do what are the pro's and con's of this machine? What is the price range of it and where can it be purchased?
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    go to Handiquilter.com and you should be able to find specs and price range.they can be ordered from the website or at a dealer.that is all I know.
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    I have HQ Sixteen and I absolutely love it. A friend of mine has the Sweet Sixteen and loves it. Their customer service is outstanding. Highly recommend. The machines are easy to run.

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    went to Lancaster pa show sat at both sweet sixteen & tiara, lot of hands on, talked to both sales reps machines are the same (research online). sixteen was a little less, but tiara gave more extra's which brought their price up. I did like the tiara because of the quilt hoop with the stitch regulator, but by the time i'm able to buy the sixteen should also have the hoop, also dealer is next town over from me

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    I have one and LOVE it! I keep trying the new stitch regulator they have whenever I go to my dealer's store, but I don't really like it. If you're already used to fmq then it seems too choppy for me, and one more thing to think about. I did spend a couple of days working out the tension thing, but I just saw this video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q1mRhcquZTM and it resolved all my questions. I bought my dealer's demo and it was $32900 including some extra needles, bobbins, & 12 thread cones thrown in.

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    Oh, I forgot to add that I ended up also purchasing the overlay, it really helps with ruler work. I ordered a 36" Q-Snap rail for the front edge to help keep drag to a minimum http://www.qsnap.com/ (you have to call them to order) for under $10 incl. shipping, which is what I attached the overlay to my machine bed with. I didn't want to mount it permanently. It still wasn't quite slick enough, so I took the advice of many, and ordered a can of "Sullivans Silicone Spray". Now everything has come together and I'm really enjoying it!

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    $32,900?!? Let me pick up my teeth!
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    I wonder if omaluvs2quilt means she has the HQ 16. The Sweet 16 doesn't have rials and is a sit down machine.

    I have the HQ16 and love it. If I didn't have the room I'd definitely have gotten the Sweet 16! It also helps that I got a used HQ16.
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    $32.9...thousand??!?? I just bought a nice, new car for less than that! Oh my gosh!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mdaniels View Post
    $32.9...thousand??!?? I just bought a nice, new car for less than that! Oh my gosh!
    my thought is that was a typo---with an extra zero--- $3290 is closer to the price of a used machine.
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    Sweet 16 is a sit-down, free-motion quilting machine where you move the fabric, not the head. I just brought one home today as a local quilter is a dealer and she is letting me try out the demo at my home. I am super excited, as I want to use it for my Fly Away Home quilt. Have some stuff to practice on. I have no interest in a long arm. You are working too far away from the action, and they are way too huge for me. These have a nice size table of their own and sell for somewhere around $4,000 - $5,000, sometimes less for a used one. Also, though it's bigger than a domestic machine, it doesn't take up a whole room the way the LA's do. Now I need to practice, practice, practice, and put together my big sandwich. Hope to use the church hall so I can stretch my sandwich out on big tables instead of crawling around on the floor to pin it together.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SewFarBehind View Post
    $32,900?!? Let me pick up my teeth!
    thanks for the laugh

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    I have an HQ16 with a 12' table. I love it! I have had no issues with it, and had for several years. I paid around $10K for it new, and it came with the table as the "special" at the time. Well worth the $$ IMHO~
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    The 2 is a typo..$3900, and yes it's the sweet 16 sit down...sorry, didn't mean to cause heart failure, lol!

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    Other than the obvious advantage of having bigger harp space, are there other reasons the Sweet 16 or other sit-down machine is better than a domestic machine?

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    I have a sweet 16 and I love it. The Babylock and Handiquilter Sweet 16 are the same machine with different labels. You should decide on which dealer you like best and what deal they are offering. If you have experience with FMQ on a domestic machine you will do fine without the stitch regulator. I bought mine before the regulator came out, and I tried using a regulator at a shop this weekend, and I definitely do better work without it.

    Dealers vary greatly in their prices, from $4500 - 5500 plus another $900-1000 for the regulator. That can include a wide assortment of goodies, depending on the dealer.

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    She forgot the decimal point. The sweet sixteen is around 4,000-5,000 depending on where you get one. My dealer told me she would match the show special. I did order it from her because I wanted to have service locally. I love my machine. I would recommend that you purchase the open toe foot and horizontal thread holder.

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    I just got the Tiara, with the slider, silicon mat on sale for $5200.Including RI taxes of 7%. I love it. It is a self quilting sit down machine. Hope this helps.Mary
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    Sweet 16

    Quote Originally Posted by clsurz View Post
    Are any of you familiar with it? Do you have one and if you do what are the pro's and con's of this machine? What is the price range of it and where can it be purchased?
    I read QB daily, but never post. Love reading and learning from everyone on this board. I just had to post about my experience with the HQ Sweet 16 (no stitch regulator). I absolutely loved mine, but after having it about 6 months, I sold it when we moved to another state. I cannot tell you how much I miss the machine and could kick myself for selling it. Quilting on it was a dream and I had no issues whatsoever with it. The largest quilt I did on the SW16 was a queen size. I had more than ample room to work and the stitches were beautiful. I highly recommend it. I did have a mid size long arm for a while and much prefer the sit down Sweet 16 setup. I am hoping to one day be able to buy another Sweet 16.
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    I have the sweet six teen also I do love mind too. Mine came with the stitch regulator. But I don't use it I can go faster without it. Where do you buy the silcon spray at ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mdaniels View Post
    $32.9...thousand??!?? I just bought a nice, new car for less than that! Oh my gosh!
    HA! That is 3 TIMES the price of our first house!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mdaniels View Post
    $32.9...thousand??!?? I just bought a nice, new car for less than that! Oh my gosh!
    i think anyone can afford a sweetsixteen is bless becauesi want one so bad will say a pray for me today is my " b" day want,n get that unless someone give me so money !
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    I have one. Love it. Bought both extensions and it measures 72 X 30 with both 18" extensions. Also the height is adjustable. The extensions help so the quilt doesn't drag. They will fold down when not in use.
    Also got the stitch regulator but hate it. I just don't use it. My fmq is getting better with practice. total abt 6000
    I understand there is another sit down machine out there with a lesser price tag.
    The sweet 16 is the sit down model and the Handiquilter16 is a long arm. Big difference in price.
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    Did you mean $3290 and accidentally added an extra zero? My Innova didn't even cost that.

    Quote Originally Posted by omaluvs2quilt View Post
    I have one and LOVE it! I keep trying the new stitch regulator they have whenever I go to my dealer's store, but I don't really like it. If you're already used to fmq then it seems too choppy for me, and one more thing to think about. I did spend a couple of days working out the tension thing, but I just saw this video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q1mRhcquZTM and it resolved all my questions. I bought my dealer's demo and it was $32900 including some extra needles, bobbins, & 12 thread cones thrown in.

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