Congrats on your new baby, I'm jealous lol
I have been looking at quilting frames, long arms and the Sweet Sixteen. I only wish I could afford one. It is on my wish list for sure. Lucky you. Let us know your experience with it so those of us still wishing will have some idea what we are getting into.
I am in the process of shopping for a midarm sitdown machine and leaning in the direction of Tin Lizzy .
The price range is good and 5yr warranty / 1yr labor and local dealer. The measurments are 18x6 , compared to 16x8 with Sweet Sixteen but a better price point for home use. Send me some feed back on the HQ since you have had a chance to play with it, and my help my decision.
Yes, please do post your experiences and trials. I would love to be able to afford a mid arm but right now everything I look at is like above 1k and it will take me forever to even have the space for it in a 2 bedroom apartment let alone save for teh cost of it.
I just bought a Babylock Jewl mid arm. I thought I wanted a sit down model but after trying them out I found I did want one with a fram. I took everyones advice and measured my spaces that I though I wanted, turned out my livingroom worked best. I looked for used machines for a while, ebay was the best. Was careful about how used and was able to find a great deal on the machine I wanted that had never had a quilt quilted on it. The owner was great. I did end up spending $1,000.oo more than my limit but with all the extras included I did not have to go out and spend $1,000 on things I wanted. Do lots of research and visit as many dealer as you can to find the model you like best. Babylock and Handiquilter fit my budget best and had the things that were on the top of my want list.
It will be a long time down the road unfortunately Funny thing my boyfriend was looking up model information for me lol but he knows it is down the road as well.
Did you ever get your answer regarding your Sweet 16 Machine. I am thinking of getting one but would like to hear from other quilters who have used this machine. Your answer would be very helpful. Thanks
Please enlighten me, when I watched a video of the sweet 16, it didn't look like that much more than what I have now....my Janome sewing machine and large quilt table. I want a longarm but I just don't the space for it. Looking for alternatives.
The HQ Sweet Sixteen has a large 16" throat. I don't think your Janome is quite that long, is it? I believe the new models have a stitch regulator, too.
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