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HQ Sweet Sixteen Longarm Sitdown
Sweet Sixteen with Original Table

Handi Quilter Sweet Sixteen Sitdown

The Best Selling Sit-Down Longarm Machine on the Market Today.

The Handi Quilter Sweet Sixteen has proved to be a classic in the Handi Quilter range. It fits into even the smallest of quilters rooms. In 2021 Handi Quilter added the option of InSight stitch regulation to the Sweet Sixteen. This gives built in stitch regulation within table through two sensors. Previously stitch regulation was achieved through an add on dongle and received plugged into the machine called TruStitch. In a similar way it helped the user maintain a regular stitch through moving the dongle with the quilt.


The new version of stitch regulation with InSight is most definitely the most technologically advanced way to sit-down free motion quilt with built in stitch regulation. Handi Quilter's Sweet Sixteen is simply the best way for quilters to tackle projects with a sit-down machine. Quilters are able to create quilt designs with beautifully even stitches. It is very intuitive. Now you can just think about your creativity and not about your stitch length!

If you are a Textile Artist or a Free Motion Embroiderer you may prefer to work in manual mode. In that case the original standard table with the overlay without stitch regulation may be your preference. The foot lifts up to allow you to hoop your work. Alternative feet such as the Micro Foot allow you to work with excellent visibility of the needle. All of the Handi Quilter machines are excellent for being able to adjust and work with different threads. This is one of the aspects that we teach on the many courses and workshops that we offer. You can even use three threads through a single needle (with the addition of the optional Horizontal Spool Pin) and blend threads. It's exciting and fun to do!


Hand-winding unusual threads on the bobbin is also a possibility although it's not something we recommend for beginner. So, if you are into experimental thread play and design then Handi Quilter is definitely the place to come to. 

You can find some of our customers such as Jacqui Parkinson who have work on display at Cathedrals throughout 2022 and 2023 who created her huge textile panels on her Handi Quilter Sweet Sixteen which she has had since 2012. Jacqui said "People need to know that you can do really large pieces on these sitdown machines,". We couldn't have put it better ourselves and the proof is in the scale of the pieces she makes. 

If you are looking for a compact stationary machine with a height-adjustable table the NEW option of InSight Table with built in Stitch Regulation is a cost-effective stitch-regulated solution for many quilters. Or if you need a fully manual stationary manual machine with a 16" throat space you only need a foot print of 3 feet x 3 feet for the table and machine (1 square metre). It can fit into even the most compact of sewing rooms. You can revert to manual mode at any time if you have stitch regulation and you also have the option of doing basting stitches.

On the new InSight table castors can be fitted instead of feet which makes it easy to move around your workroom. There is also the option of drawers on either or both sides on the InSight Table. They are very useful, the depth of the table and smooth in operation.


Furthermore fold-down tables can be fitted to either or both sides. They give an additional 18" of space at each side.  Please note that if you have already purchased a Sweet Sixteen and are looking to upgrade to the InSight Table the table extensions are specific to the table. So if you decide to upgrade to the InSight Table from an older model of Sweet Sixteen to the newer InSight table you will need to get new side tables.


All our prices include delivery to most parts of the UK. This is a self-install item. The price includes a FREE Foundation Workshop at our Pershore, Worcestershire, England Showroom where we'll show you how to make the most of your new machine. This is part of the education and training that we place great emphasis on at Pinhole Quilting. 


Are you an existing Sweet Sixteen Owner?

This upgraded InSight table is also available to existing Sweet Sixteen owners. The InSight table and TruStitch will work without the need for software upgrades or changes for Sweet Sixteens produced from November 2014 onwards. If you would like to check if your machine will work please email us. If you send a picture of the System Information screen we can confirm if the InSight table works with your machine or if you will need to upgrade the software or not. If you have a Sweet Sixteen made before this time we may be able to upgrade the software to work with InSight. There is a charge for this but it will also give you the functions of basting stitch, low bobbin alarm and an improved front screen interface. If you have it done as part of the service we currently charge £50 including VAT for the upgrade.  


Sweet Sixteen with Original Table - £5,495

Our most popular option if you don't want stitch regulation. A great option for textile artists and free motion embroiderers.

Includes Bobbinwinder,

The perfect size longarm for even the smallest sewing room! Add side tables that can fold down when not in use.


Delivery to most UK destinations included in price for all of these options.


Other destinations - contact us with your details for a quote.

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Both options include our Foundation Workshop worth £130

Quilt up to King Size with the Sweet Sixteen - 16" of throat space. 

Bobbinwinder included with all our Handi Quilter machines.

Shipping to most UK destinations is included.

20 x Longarm Sharps needles, screwdriver and hex key, machine oil. 

5 years transferable electrical, electronic and mechnical Handi Quilter Warranty

Sweet Sixteen with InSight Table

Sweet Sixteen with InSight Table - Stitch Regulation built in! £6,495

Makes quilting so intuitive. Quilters LOVE InSight! Just quilt! 

Add side tables if you wish to either or both sides and drawers too!


The super smooth surface allows your quilt to move seamlessly and easily. This is how quilting should be.


Book your appointment now and take a Sweet Sixteen for a Test Drive.


The perfect longarm for any sewing space.

It's Sweet!


TruStitch is perfect for free-motion quilters of all levels from beginner to advanced. It is easy to learn and operate the system, and achieves consistently even stitch lengths, regardless of stitching speed. 

InSight Table
& Upgrade Options

Make it yours!

Extra side tables

and Drawers

Sweet Sixteen Manual

Like to read the manual? Then you can find it here. 

The Sweet Sixteen User Manual.

Read all about it.

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