Although you can use a regular sewing machine to quilt, the HQ Sweet Sixteen quilting machine has a variety of add-ons and capabilities that really separate the two. Compared with a regular sewing machine, this HQ Sweet Sixteen quilting machine boasts a larger amount of workspace (also referred to as ‘throat’), which is perfect for sewing large and huge projects such as curtains, sheets, and bedspreads.
And of course, HQ Sweet Sixteen can handle multiple layers with ease and is great for quilting projects. You can also easily sew through heavy materials without worrying about the fabric bunching up or getting stuck in the machine.
Moreover, this HQ Sweet Sixteen quilting machine comes with a higher stitching speed, meaning that it not only saves time but can also be used on large numbers of projects at one time. When you have less time to complete a quilting project and more items to work on, the ability to sew faster is sure to come in handy – and that’s where this HQ Sweet Sixteen high-speed quilting machine comes into play. This HQ Sweet Sixteen quilting machine is certainly not for the faint-hearted, as it requires much more from the operator than a standard quilting machine does – and he or she will be rewarded with faster results!
All in all, HQ Sweet Sixteen is a quilting machine for those who want quality results from their quilting efforts, and are prepared to work hard for it!
Frame, Construction, & Sewing Speed
There are lightweight, portable machines that are great if you tend to sew in different locations, as well as bulky, heavy-duty options that are best for pros who have a designated sewing area. This sewing machine measures 15 x 21 x 31 inches and weighs 53 pounds, which is a bit bulky and heavy, so it’s not ideal for carrying it out, but the heaviness adds more durability to the machine, meaning that HQ Sweet Sixteen can serve you years while providing you quality and consistent stitches at the same time.
As far as durability is concerned, this HQ Sweet Sixteen has an extremely sturdy metal frame that will increase its durability and add to its performance and quality. This helps your work look professionally sewn at all times regardless if you are a beginner or experienced sewer in any way. The large sewing area of this HQ Sweet Sixteen quilting machine allows you to work on larger pieces of fabric and huge projects.
The HQ Sweet Sixteen heavy duty quilting machine is powered by an impressive silent motor that provides consistent, reliable stitching speed of 1800 spm for completing a variety of stitching tasks from all types of fabrics and materials.
What We Like About HQ Sweet Sixteen
- Sews perfectly flat and even stitches or beautiful ruffles and lettuce edges without any difficulty
- The stitch width and stitch length are adjustable
- It is so easy to use that even beginners find it perfect for starting with it
- You get smooth finishing for straight stitches and pretty gathers with perfect spacing
- Produces highly creative output easily on various fabrics
- This HQ Sweet Sixteen produces results for home décor to fashion accessories with a professional finish
- It allows you to sew perfectly flat and even stitches or beautiful ruffles and lettuce edges without any difficulty
- Thread tension is adjustable, giving you excellent precision over the thread tightness
What We Don’t Like
- Experienced sewers may find the speed a little slow
- It is a bit pricy for some people
- The HQ Sweet Sixteen vibrates on higher speed settings
- The scrap catcher position is not comfortable enough for removing it easily, and it sometimes misses the fabric scraps
- The customer service leaves a little to be desired
Features of HQ Sweet Sixteen Sewing Machine
The Handi Quilter Easy-Set Tension simplifies setting your machine’s top thread tension. This enables you to return to your favorite thread’s tension settings quickly and accurately with each thread change.
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.
Four Language Options
Screens can be displayed in English, French, Spanish, or German.
Needle Position Adjustment
This HQ Sweet Sixteen’s features include a needle position adjustment that enables users to start and stop stitching at any point on a piece of fabric as well as adjust the needle position if they wish to add decorative stitches in such places as corners or along edges.
Automatic Bobbin Winding System
HQ Sweet Sixteen also boasts an automatic bobbin winding system that makes it possible for anyone to efficiently use this product without having the constant worry about running out of thread since when the bobbin runs low, just simply slide up and down the lever located at the center side of the machine until it is full again.
The HQ Sweet Sixteen is an excellent sewing machine for both experts and beginners. The big, easy-to-read backlit LCD screen shows stitch information that is displayed in both letters and numbers. This allows the user to easily set up the desired sequence of stitches or select one of the many preset options available and see which stitches have been programmed into memory.
Who Is HQ Sweet Sixteen For?
HQ Sweet Sixteen has been designed especially for sewists who are looking for a high-performance model to boost their creativity. This particular HQ Sweet Sixteen model comes with many amazing features that you’ll surely find useful.
If you’re looking for a cost-effective model, then HQ Sweet Sixteen could be your great choice. It doesn’t have all those fancy features that are not necessary sometimes. Moreover, this HQ Sweet Sixteen sewing machine is designed to minimize noise, so you don’t have to worry about disturbing others while working on projects. Another useful feature of HQ Sweet Sixteen is its needle threader and cutter that saves much of your time! So you can forget about struggling when you need to thread the needle.
Tips for Using Your Quilting Machines
The best quilting machine for you personally will depend largely on your particular needs; commercial users usually prefer a heavy-duty model that can handle many hours of continuous operation without ‘breaking down’, whereas hobbyists may find that a lightweight (although more expensive) model is more suitable.
If, however, you will be using the machine professionally, then we recommend looking into heavier duty machines with features such as variable speed control, which allows the user to match the speed of the machine to the thread used (many quilters prefer using a variety of different threads)
If you’re planning on using your quilting machine in a home environment for fun or profit, then it’s always best to buy one that’s suited for your individual requirements – this may also save money in the long run!