|Dimensions||36 × 36 × 36 in|
|Weight (lbs)||60 lbs|
|Quilting Frame||5 Feet or 8 Feet|
|Throat Space||16 Inches|
|Stitching Speed||1,800 SPM|
|Stitch Precision Mode||Yes|
|Stitch Cruise Mode||Yes|
|Rear Handlebars||No (optional)|
|Low Bobbin Alarm||Yes|
|Programmable Front Handlebar Buttons||Yes|
|Programmable Rear Handlebar Buttons||No (optional)|
|Rear Screen Display||No (optional)|
|Rear Touch LCD||No (optional)|
|LCD Screen Display||Yes|
|LCD Screen Size||3.5 Inches|
|Touch Screen LCD||Yes|
|Thread Breakage Sensor||Yes|
|Number of Presser Feet||2|
Bobbins (5), 2.5 mm hex wrench, Bobbin case, 3 mm hex wrench, Needle (134) size, 100/16 (pack of 10), Needle (134) size 110/18 (pack of 10), 5 mm hex wrench, Open-toe Handi Foot (ruler foot installed), Thread tray and thread mast, Handlebar button stickers (2)
EZ Pen Oiler
Quick Reference Card
HQ Bobbin Winder
2 mm hex wrench
The very first thing to consider in a long arm quilting machine when buying a new or used one is arm length. These machines are named Long Arm Quilting Machines because of the size of their arm. But, the size of the arm is not fixed in every long arm quilting machine, it varies from one model to the other. The cheaper ones come with a small length of their arm and you can get a machine with really a large arm if you have enough budget. Handi Quilter Simply Sixteen comes with a 16-inch long arm and it is the best in its price range.
A professional quilter needs to have a machine that can produce steady and even stitches. A long arm quilting machine should provide you with a professional quilting environment so a good stitching speed must be part of a good long arm quilting machine. The fast stitching speed means the faster you can sew and finish your projects. Time and quality should be a priority when you are working professionally so you should consider a long arm quilting machine with a fast stitching speed. Handi Quilter Simply Sixteen offers you a stitching speed of 1,800 SPM (Stitches Per Minute) which is the best speed at this price. An average sewing speed from a mid-range long arm quilting machine to the most expensive long arm quilting machine is 2,000 SPM.
Stitch density is the number of stitches per inch. For quilting, dense means neat and tidy stitches. Handi Quilter Simply Sixteen offers you 4 to 18 SPI (Stitches Per Inch) which means you can create a neat quilt with this option. You can choose how dense or lose your stitches will be by adjusting the SPI to get perfect results when you are creating a decorative design.
The quilting machine is a very technical design with many knobs and buttons which makes it hard to control. Sometimes you may confuse the controls and accidentally ruin your work. A touch screen computer display can help you move the fabrics easily. It is much easier to use and it is more durable so you don’t have to worry about breaking it easily like other parts of the long arm quilting machine. Simply Sixteen has a 3.5″ inches full-colour touch screen that is easy to use but it is not a perfect screen display. Handi Quilter Simply Sixteen’s screen display could be improved a bit more.
The frame of a long arm quilting machine is important to ensure sturdiness and strength. A good frame should be capable to hold a long arm quilting machine from moving around when you are using it. The Handi Quilter Simply Sixteen is a quilting machine with a 5-foot or 8-foot quilting frame and you can add a 10-foot or 12-foot quilting frame also if you want an extended space. With this quilting frame, this long arm quilting machine can hold a large fabric so you can work conveniently without moving your work frequently to prevent excess movement while working especially when working on delicate projects.
This is not just the end, Handi Quilter Simply Sixteen comes with an M-Class bobbin which can hold more thread than a normal Class-15 or other options. Do you want a bit of automation with some advanced features? Well, here it is, it comes with a low bobbin alarm which alerts you whenever your bobbin is low at the thread. You can also thread your needle by its Automatic Needle Threader which saves your time and energy in threading this long arm quilting machine.
Moreover, you control your long arm quilting machine with the help of handlebars. And, Handi Quilter Simply Sixteen comes with Front Handlebars and on the front end of the bars, there are programmable buttons that seem quite handy in controlling the machine. Moreover, Rear Handlebars are also very convenient if you want to control Handi Quilter Simply Sixteen at its best but it does not come with these and there are programmable buttons on the rear handlebar buttons too if you want to buy these optional handlebars for an extra $495.
The price of a Handi Quilter Simply Sixteen Long Arm Quilting Machine is $6,995 and you can buy one online at SewingMachinesPlus.
Handi Quilter Simply Sixteen comes with a 5-foot or 8-foot quilting frame and you do not need the pay more if you want to get a 10-foot or 12-foot quilting frame. Both quilting frames are included if you buy a new Handi Quilter Simply Sixteen.