Handi Quilter Sweet Sixteen Long Arm Quilting Machine
Handi Quilter’s HQ Sweet Sixteen is simply the best way for quilters to tackle projects with a sit-down machine. With the introduction of optional TruStitch, quilters are now able to create quilt designs with beautifully even stitches.
If you love to free-motion machine quilt but struggle to fit your project in the small throat space of a domestic sewing machine, you’ll love the HQ Sweet Sixteen®. Sixteen inches of throat space gives you room to quilt even a king-size quilt. The smooth surface of the included table enables your project to glide under the needle. The powerful motor quilts with ease and stitches up to 1500 stitches-per-minute. Choose your three favorite speed settings, on the easy-to-use color touch screen and let the machine remember them.
Bonus Item! HQ Sweet Sixteen Table Overlay
This white plastic overlay attaches to the HQ Sweet Sixteen tabletop to create a continuous surface for use with the TruStitchTM stitch regulator. It includes double-stick tape for permanent installation on the table.
Bonus Item! 4 Spools Quilter's Choice Thread
4 spools of Quilter's Choice thread. Each spool contains 6000 yds. Colors are chosen at random.
Bonus Item! Jumbo Bobbin Saver - Red
Holds bobbins that are 1-1/16" diameter.
Bonus Item! Handy Helpers 4in. Magnetic Pin Bowl with Pins
4" magnetic bowl that safely holds pins, scissors, and other metal notions. Securely attaches to metal quilting frames. Comes with a box of 80 pins.
Color Touch Screen
Provides easy access to needle-up and -down and other functions.
Max Speed of 1,500 SPM
Choose from 10 to 1,500 stitcher-per-minute
LED Area Lighting
Innovative Light Ring brightens the quilting area with 28 LEDs.
New Enhanced Features
Interchangeable Handi Feet
Quarter-inch ruler foot comes installed; open-toe foot included
Low-bobbin estimator and alarm
Estimates how much thread is on a full bobbin. Sounds an alarm when the bobbin thread is close to running out. Stores bobbin preset values for three different types of thread.
Four basting-stitch options
Basting stitches can be set to every half second, three-quarters of a second, one second, and two seconds.
Quilting alarm and timer
Set an alarm for how long you want to spend quilting. Set a timer to track how much time you spend on a quilt.
Screens can be displayed in English, French, Spanish, or German.
Quilt Projects of All Sizes while Seated
Full 16 inches of throat space
Provides more than three times the quilting space of domestic sewing machines
More than 8 inches vertical space
Speeds up to 1500 precision stitches-per-minute
High-speed rotary hook with large capacity M-class bobbin
Useful half-stitch for basting or walking stitch, controlled with touch screen or foot pedal
Smooth 30” x 36” table surface assures even quilting
Additional 18" table extension available for both sides of the table
Hopping foot prevents fabric movement during a full-stitch cycle
Works with HQ rulers for perfect stitch-in-the-ditch and curved quilting lines
Easy-To-Use System Designed by a Quilter, for Quilters®
Easy setup and take-down
Accommodates any thread: cotton, polyester, rayon, metallics, holographic, etc.; allows for bobbin work with larger threads
Change needles easily with thumb screw
Responsive foot pedal
Innovative light ring illuminates the quilting area with 28 LEDS
Can be upgraded to a stand-up machine if desired
Adjustable color-touch screen
Customizable speed control
Save your preferred speed settings. Save one speed setting for slow, controlled quilting; one for free-motion; and another for fast all-over designs
Stitch counters: lifetime and resettable trip meter
Hardware, software and serial number information
More Features and Options
Handles any thread: cotton, polyester, rayon, metallics, holographic, etc. Use larger threads for bobbin work.
Resettable trip meter.
Set your top speed using the intuitive adjustable color-touch screen. Save your preferred speed settings with 3 customizable pre-sets. You can save one speed setting for slow, controlled quilting, one for free-motion and yet another for fast all-over designs.
Change needles easily with Thumb Screw Needle Screw.
Use Half-Stitch for basting or walking stitch.
Responsive foot pedal with half-stitch control.
Innovative Light Ring brightens the quilting area with 28 LEDS.
Use Handi Quilter Rulers for perfect stitch-in-the-ditch and curved quilting lines.
Adjustable Color-Touch Screen includes:
Customizable speed control with 3 customizable settings.
Stitch counters: Lifetime and resettable Trip Meter.
Serial number display.
Hardware and software info.
Easy setup and take-down.
Can be updated to a stand-up machine if desired.
ETL Safety Approval: US, Canada, Australia and Europe.
Handi Quilter technology and innovation; same mechanical system as the HQ18 Avanté.
Hundreds of trained Handi Quilter Representatives throughout the world.
Handi Quilter customer service and warranty.
What you'll find in the box
HQ Sweet Sixteen 16" Longarm Quilting Machine
Included Table - Height Adjustable 26"- 42"
4 extra bobbins, 20 needles, sample thread pack
Getting Started DVD
Machine User Manual and instructions
Sweet Sixteen Specifications
15 Inches wide
21 Inches high
31 Inches long
Handi Quilter Warranty:
5 years mechanical
5 years electronic/electrical
10 years casting
Check out the ALL NEW TruStitch Full Visibility Stitch Regulator
Designed for use with the HQ Sweet Sixteen sit-down longarm quilting machine.
Innovative new stitch-regulation system that measures your movements for choreographed stitch-regulation.
Perfect for all free-motion quilters from beginning to advanced.
Easy to learn how to use and operate the system.
Achieve consistently even stitch lengths, regardless of stitching speed.
Full visibility of quilting area leads to easier quilting and greater flexibility with quilting designs.
Attaches firmly to the edge of the quilt, allowing more exibility for quilting small projects or quilt borders.
Advanced sensor that moves in harmony with the quilt to control stitch length.
Optional-use tool for keeping the controller positioned on the quilt, freeing up your hands for certain techniques and methods.
The receiver translates the signals from the controller to the machine to regulate stitch length.
• 5 years FREE Parts & Labor.
• During the FIRST year we will have your machine picked up, repaired or replaced and deliver it back at NO CHARGE. (Just save your box).
• We have 4 experienced mechanics to support you if any problem arises.
I Ron Martin, owner, have 40 years in the sewing machine business & I give my personal assurance.
Love the HQ Sweet 16! Set up was simple; a friend and I put everything together and I was quilting in less than two hours. I am currently working on a King size quilt and the machine operates smoothly. I highly recommend this machine for anyone who does not have the space for a long-arm. Very happy, satisfied customer!
Oct 9, 2015
Atlanta GA US
This is an awesome machine. It was so easy to set up and get to quilting! I have used it everyday since I got it. So easy to use. I love the display controls, right at eye level and easy to navigate!
Jun 24, 2015
Phoenix AZ US
This is a fabulous machine perfect for small sewing rooms. I love that you can set the speed to what you are comfortable with. I am so glad i purchased it. My order process was fantastic also.
Sweet 16 love
May 27, 2015
Have had this a few years now and love how it is easy to operate with little fuss and is not picky about the thread type. Def a great purchase!!
HQ Sweet 16 Quilting Machine
Apr 3, 2015
Clyde Ne US
I really like this machine, it is easy to use, easy to set up, with another person. I bought the extensions for the table with it and they are perfect. Setting down to Quilt is a great way to relax and really get into your work. I would recommend this Quilter to anyone interested in free motion quilting.
Jun 22, 2014
Point pleasant WV US
This is my first long arm machine I have ever owned. I had 5 quilt panels to make each of my grand kids a quilt. I finished all of them in one day. I enjoy making quilts and giving them away to people . They are so happy when they receive one. This machine was so easy to use after watching the DVD that came with it.
I also purchased the hideaway table it was fully assembled except for the wheels it makes storing the large machine very nice . I also love the free financing for 48 months. I was paying out so much money having my quilts completed. And waiting several weeks to get it back.
I AM IN LOVE!
Oct 9, 2013
West Hartford CT US
I ordered the HQ Sweet Sixteen from Sewing Machines Plus. What an awesome experience ordering...they made it so easy and shipped it the SAME DAY! This machine is so sweet and easy to set up and get running. It took me a little to get the tension just right and then I was off and running. I ordered the stitch regulator package, and I am really glad I did. The stitch regulator makes me stitches more consistent. If you are looking to order a Long Arm this is the one and you can't beat the price and customer service from Sewing Machine Plus!!!
Sep 2, 2013
Fawn Grove PA US
I bought my HQ Sweet 16 in May and haven't stopped using it. it was so easy to set up, and the on line tutorials made learning a snap! I had no experience machine quilting and have already quilted 5 baby quilts and a single bed quilt. My work just keeps getting better. I recommend this machine to anyone who lacks space but wants a quality quilting experience.
ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT!
May 14, 2013
Tekamah Ne US
Customer service was really great, I received my new HANDI QUILTER SWEET SIXTEEN within DAYS!!! All was delivered in perfect shape, on time and easy to set up. (And I got it about $400 less than the local quilt shop that carried it!) The Sweet Sixteen is fun to use, easy to learn, and I am loving every minute I get to play on it! I can see there will be many quilts and wall hangings in the future under the Christmas tree and I will enjoy making every one of them--it won't be a hassle like it was before! Thank you SMP!
Sep 25, 2012
Slate Hill NY US
Machine and table took less than 1/2 hour to set-up and begin quilting. Everything was perfect.
The Customer Service was excellent. Helpful and so knowledgeable, I was amazed. I would check with them if you are ever looking into buying sewing machines and accessories. Thank you SMP.
The BEST !!
Jun 15, 2012
Nanaimo Br CA
I received it as a gift from my husband, It took me 1/2 hour to install it and started to quilt right away. I quilted a queen size quilt in 2 hrs.! So easy to use. I love it!
HQ Sweet Sixteen Sit-Down
May 19, 2012
Snellville GA US
Wonderful quilting experience and SMP shipped this machine FAST!...thank you so much and I plan on using "her" to make many quilts!
Love, love, love
Mar 31, 2012
Pineville WV US
I love this machine! It is REALLY easy to operate.
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