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Best Long Arm Quilting Machine (TOP 10 FOR 2019)

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A long arm quilter is a significant investment, that’s why it is important to do your research before you buy. With prices ranging from just a couple of thousand dollars to large industrial machines in the low 5 figures, the range of models available is wide.

Not only do you need to purchase a machine with the correct features and capacity for you requirements; the quilter also needs to suit your pocket.

That’s where we aim to help. In this top 10 product review round up, we have pulled together a selection of the best long arm quilters on the market today.

For our findings at a glance and an overview of the selected LA quilters, just head to the table below. For an in depth review of each machine, plus a detailed buyer’s guide, keep on reading.


Best Long Arm Quilting Machine

NAME QUILTER DETAILS OUR RATING
TOP PICK 14"
Qnique Long-arm
Quilting Machine
14+ Inch Throat
OLED Screen Display
Dual-cone Thread
King Quilter
Special-Edition
Computer Motion
Control, Wifi Enabled
Built in Android
TinLizzie18
Sitdown Long
Arm Quilter
Throat Space: 18" x 6"
Dual Thread, Table
Included,
Juki TL-2200QVP
Quilt Virtuoso-Pro
Throat Space: 18" x 10"
Color LCD Display
Independent Bobbin
4 Stitching Modes
HandiQuilter
HQ Sweet Sixteen
16" Throat Space
Color LCD Display
Table Included
TOP PICK 18"
King Quilter II
ELITE LA Quilter
NEW-King-Quilter-II-ELITE-Long-Arm-Quilting-Machine-3 18" Throat Space
10 or 12ft Frame
7" Touchscreen
3 Year Warranty
The Quilter's Pro
Sit-down Quilter
With Table
Throat Space: 18" x 16"
15" Quilting Area
1 Year Warranty
TOP PICK 24"
TheHandi Quilter
Forte 24
Long Arm
24" Throat Space
10 or 12 Foot,
Gallery2 Frames
HQ Track
(8-wheels)
The HQ Fusions,
24″ LA Quilter
with Pro-Stitcher
24" Throat Space
12′ HQ Frames
5 Year Warranty
TOP PICK 26"
The Artistic 26-8
Quilting Machine
w/ C-Frame
26" Throat Space
23" Quilting Area
LCD Screen

Long Arm Quilting Machine Reviews

To determine whether the machine model can be considered as high-quality, the following criteria can be used as a checklist.

To begin with, it should be easy to use, and its manual must provide the right instruction in an easy-to-follow fashion.

Secondly, because it is a costly machine, it should come with a warranty, with the most preferable being a lifetime warranty.

Thirdly, the machine head should have a large throat size, preferably 20-26inches. Also, it should come with a dependable stitch regulator that allows for consistent, taut, and equally-sized stitches to be made at any machine speed.

Based on these rating criteria, 10 of the best long arm quilting machines have been identified and selected for review.

1. TOP PICK (14″ Throat): Qnique Long-arm Quilting Machine Review

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The Qnique is our best rated long arm with a 14″ throat because it perfectly balances price point with functionality within this size category of machine.

It is a high-quality, electrical unit with a manual-guided long-arm. It also comes with stitch regulation as well as adjustable stitch speed.

It features an crystal clear OLED screen display and well-positioned, easy-to-access advanced control settings. This model has front hand-bars, which allows the machine head to be guided manually across the quilt fabric when a custom design is being sewed into the quilt.

The model is designed and built by a reputable U.S-based manufacturer, The Grace Company.

Some Specifications

  • The machine head weighs in at 42lbs.
  • The fully-assembled machine head is: 23inches long, 15.5inches wide, and 19inches tall.
  • Its throat size is at the smaller end of our top 10 picks at 14inches, (however, this still allows the user to sew large patterns, or blocks, on the quilt fabric).

It uses a timing belt system and comes with ergonomic hand-bars and handles that provide comfortable grips that allow the quilter to efficiently use the machine head for an extended period of time during each quilting session.

The machine head has multiple accessory ports that allow the quilter to convenient machine-operated sewing add-ons. This improves on the quality of the quilting process and quilt finish. It also has integrated LED lamps which can be used to illuminate the work area in poor lighting conditions.

Included in the package

Its shipping package comes with 2 boxes, one contains the machine head itself, and the other has the installation hardware along with a bobbin case, 3 quality bobbins, and 10 high-quality sewing needles.

The installation hardware includes the following:
  • an encoder set,
  • front handles,
  • power cable,
  • lint brush,
  • screw drivers,
  • and Allen wrenches.

Also included in the package is the sewing machine oil for lubricating the moving parts of the machine.

The bobbins are the large M-class type, and they serve to ensure that the thread is kept under tension as the bobbin thread guide directs the taut thread to the sewing needle.

Also, to ensure that the thread tension is precise, this unit features a built-in bobbin winder and dual-thread tension guides. This bobbin winder is motorized, and thus does not need the machine to run in order for the bobbin to be wound up.

It also features dual-cone thread towers. This package also comes with an easy-to-follow, well-illustrated and labeled instruction guide.

This easy-to-use machine head allows the main controls and unit settings to be adjusted from the handles with the full-color display atop the front of the hand-bar assembly showing the settings in real-time. Also, the needle position can be raised or lowered using a press button.

Speed (SPM) & Power

This model is powered by a high-capacity motor that allows the machine head to achieve a sewing speed of up-to 1800SPM (stitches-per-minute).

Its minimum sewing speed is 90SPM and the quilter can uses the speed setting in the advanced control panel to adjust the sewing speed as appropriate.

The unit runs on AC power, and requires an input voltage of 110volts or 220volts. During peak operation, the maximum power draw is 300watts, which makes this model an energy-efficient long-arm quilting machine.

Its conveniently-placed easy-to-access control buttons allow the quilter to create delicate and detailed customized designs on the quilt fabric.

Likewise, its stitch regulation feature allows the stitch length to be consistent regardless of the sewing speed. This model also allows for pantograph designed to be sewed into the quilt.

The bright OLED screen serves to display a well-contrasted, easy-to-navigate menu that allows the quilter to select the sewing mode.

Another unique aspect of the stitch regulation feature is that it allows for the stitch length to be adjusted as appropriate depending on the design and sewing speeds. It also allows for the stitch (sewing) mode to be selected.

The Qnique has  4 in built function modes:

  • Precise mode for equally-sized stitches,
  • Cruise mode for consistent stitching at a low sewing speed,
  • Baste mode for creating long basting stitches,
  • Manual mode that allows for intricate stitching.

The model is compatible with standard frames. Nevertheless, its perfect fit is the Continuum Frame, a modular no-baste frame made by Grace Company. Likewise, this machine head can fit well into a Grace Qnique Quilting Frame, the Grace SR-2 Quilting Frame, or the Grace GQ Quilting Frame.

This machine head benefits from a 5-year warranty.

Specifications
  • 14” Throat Space
  • Physical dimensions: Length 23″, height 18″, width 15.5″, tower height 11.25″, weight 42 pounds.
  • Extended work area: Length 15″, height 8.5″
  • Built-in stitch regulation
  • 6 Bright LED needle lights
  • 6 quick-access handle buttons
  • Easy-change bobbin case
  • Built-in bobbin winder motor
  • Dual-cone thread holders
  • Commercial grade aluminum body
  • Screen Menus and Settings
  • Preference settings
  • Tools settings: Machine diagnostics, system info, stitching time
Pros of the Qnique Long-arm Quilting Machine
  • Easy to use.
  • Good throat size.
  • Creates high-quality quilts.
  • 4 selectable sewing modes.
  • Adjustable stitching speeds.
  • Easy to maintain.
  • Maximum sewing speed of 1800SPM.
  • Energy efficient with maximum power consumption of 300watts.
  • Has conveniently-placed, easy-to-access control buttons.
  • Has motorized bobbin winder.
  • 60-months warranty.
The Cons
  • Cannot work at optimal level during power black-outs.
  • Thread tension needs constant adjustment.

Bottom-line

The Qnique Long-arm Quilting Machine is a heavy-duty, computerized longarm quilting machine with an allowance for manually-guided quilting too.

It has a full-display OLED screen display, easy-to-access advanced control settings and comes with stitch regulation; and also allows for adjustment of stitch speed as well as selection of stitching mode.

Overall, it is an easy-to-use machine complete with a ton of accessories to get the user started. These factors along with its affordability, make it our pick as the best long arm quilting machine for those looking for a 14″ throat width.


2. King Quilter Special-Edition Review

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The King Quilter Special Edition, is an electrically-powered computerized long arm quilter that supports stitch regulation. It also comes with a tablet and adjustable LED handle-bars.

The tablet can be a 7-inch or 10-inch LCD tablet running on Android. It has a large throat space of 18 inches, and allows for stitch speed adjustments via its advanced control settings. This allows for precise management of the stitching process.

It also comes with front hand-bars, which when fitted allows the machine head to be guided manually across the quilt fabric so that an intricate custom design can be sewed. This model is designed and built by King Quilter.

This compactly-designed machine head weighs in at 47pounds. As mentioned, the throat size is 18″ deep, however, it is also 8″ high, which allows the quilter to sew large patterns on the quilt fabric.

The machine comes with ergonomic hand-bars and handles that allow the quilter to efficiently use the machine head for an extended period of time during each quilting session. The actual quilting area is 15inches long.

This machine head has multiple accessory ports that allow the quilter to convenient machine-operated sewing add-ons. This improve on the quality of the quilting process and quilt finish. It also has integrated LED lamps, which feature LED dimming, and can be used to illuminate the work area in poor light conditions.

Its shipping package comes with 2 boxes, one contains the machine head itself, and the other has the installation hardware along with a bobbin case, quality bobbins, and high-quality sewing needles.

The installation hardware includes the following:
  • an encoder set,
  • front handles,
  • power cable,
  • screw drivers,
  • and Allen wrenches.

Image Credit: Sewing Machines Plus

Also included in the package is the sewing machine oil for lubricating the moving parts of the machine. The bobbins are the large M-class type, and they serve to ensure that the thread is kept under tension as the bobbin thread guide directs the taut thread to the sewing needle.

This package also comes with an easy-to-follow, well-illustrated and labeled instruction guide.

This easy-to-use machine head allows the main controls and unit settings to be adjusted from the handles. Likewise, the needle position can be raised or lowered using a press button.

This model is powered by a durable motor that allows the machine head to achieve a sewing speed of up-to 3000SPM.

The advanced control panel is used to adjust the sewing speed as appropriate. Likewise, its stitch regulation feature allows for the stitch length to be adjusted as appropriate depending on the design and sewing speeds.

This model runs on AC power. Its conveniently-placed easy-to-access control buttons allow the quilter to create delicate and detailed customized designs on the quilt fabric.

Likewise, its stitch regulation feature allows the stitch length to be consistent regardless of the sewing speed. This model also allows for pantograph designed to be sewed into the quilt.

The display wire and RJ cable of this machine head are covered by the rocker arm cover. Likewise, the front hand-bar assembly and thread-stand fit snugly on the unit.

Its display bracket is mounted atop the front hand-bar assembly, and the tablet which has the computer program that runs this model is secured into this bracket. The display wire and RJ cable are connected to the connection ports of the tablet.

The rear handle assembly when fitted gives the unit dual-operating positions as the quilter can run it from either the front-end or the rear-end.

This machine head benefits from a 5-year warranty.

Specifications & Features
  • 18″ Throat Space
  • Stitch Precision Mode
  • Stitch Cruise Mode
  • 4 options for Basting Stitch
  • 4 to 22 Stitches Per Inch
  • Stitch Manual Mode – 2 Presets
  • Light Ring Included
  • 2,200 Stitches Per Minute
  • M Class Bobbin
  • 7″ Color Touchscreen Included
  • 10 Foot Frame Included with option to upgrade to a 12 foot
  • Front handlebars with control buttons – adjustable and customizable
  • Rear Handlebars with controls
  • Built In Micro Handlebars
  • Quilt Alarm
  • Quilt Timer
  • Stitch Counters
  • Low Bobbin Estimator
  • Low Bobbin Alarm
  • Warranty (Casting/Mechanical/Electrical): 10yr/5yr/5yr
  • 8 Watt LED Power Consumption
  • 5mm Sew Foot Stroke/Lift
  • 35.3 mm Needle Bar Stroke
  • 73 mm Take-Up Stroke
  • Permamnent Kluber Lube Main Components Lubrication
  • Velocite 10, Texaco 22 Hook Lubrication
Pros of the King Quilter Special-Edition
  • Easy to use.
  • Throat depth is 18inches.
  • Creates high-quality quilts.
  • Adjustable stitching speeds.
  • Dual operating positions – Front-end and Rear-end.
  • Easy to maintain.
  • Maximum sewing speed of 3000SPM.
  • 60-months warranty.
The Cons
  • Cannot work at optimal level during power black-outs.
  • Sometimes produces squeaky sounds.

Bottom-line

The King Quilter Special-Edition is a high-performance computerized longarm quilting machine that supports stitch regulation, and comes with a tablet and adjustable LED handle-bars.

The 7-inch or 10-inch LCD tablet runs on Android and controls the stitching process done on the quilt placed inside its large throat space. For those comfortable with the hi-tech nature of the machine, the King Quilter comes highly recommended.

However, our top pick 18″ long arm quilting machine is the King Quilter Elite, (reviewed below).


3. TinLizzie18 Sitdown Long Arm Quilter Review

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Our top 5 round up would not be complete without a Tin Lizzie long arm quilting machine review.

True to form, Tin Lizzie do not disappoint with this sitdown machine. This is a high-performance, manual-guided long-arm quilter with variable stitching speed, and comes with a specially-designed collapsible worktable and a lamp attached to the machine head.

It has a throat depth of 18inches and uses easy-to-access advanced control settings. It can be used to sew a a custom design to a quilt. This model is designed and built by Utah based, TinLizzie18.

This compactly-designed machine head weighs 43pounds. The collapsible table is 47inches long, 30inches wide, and 30inches tall.

Its shipping package contains the machine head and the installation hardware. It also comes with a bobbin case, quality bobbins, and high-quality sewing needles. The installation hardware include an encoder set, power cable, and screw drivers.

Also included in the package is the sewing machine oil for lubricating the moving parts of the machine. The bobbins are the dual-capacity M-style bobbins, and they serve to ensure that the thread is kept under tension as the bobbin thread guide directs the taut thread to the sewing needle.

Likewise, to ensure that the thread tension is precise, this unit features a built-in bobbin winder and dual-thread tension guides. This package also comes with an easy-to-follow, well-illustrated and labeled instruction guide.

This easy-to-use machine head uses a gear-driven power transfer system that features gears and shafts. The shaft is held in place by well-lubricated heavy-duty bushings and bearings. The automatic-hook lubrication system ensures that these moving parts are well oiled.

The sewing head casing is molded from cast aluminum. Its stitching unit allows for dual-thread stitching. Its two-station needle positioner is controlled using either a standard foot pedal, or soft touch buttons, or these 2 control sets can be used concurrently to improve the quilting performance.

The variable-speed foot control is of the standard quality, and allows for one-toe stippling foot to manage some of the machine operations. Its needle position can be raised or lowered using a press button.

This model is powered by a whisper-quiet motor that allows the machine head to achieve a sewing speed of up-to 3000SPM. The quilter uses the speed setting in the control panel to adjust the sewing speed.

Its conveniently-placed easy-to-access control buttons allow the quilter to create delicate and detailed customized designs on the quilt fabric. It also allows for pantograph designed to be sewed into the quilt.

This machine head benefits from a 5-year warranty.

Specifications & Features
  • Throat Space – 18″ x 6″
  • Actual Quilting Area – 15″
  • Machine Weight – 43 pounds
  • Warranty – 5 years parts / 1 year labor
  • Specially-designed Table – Standard dimension 29.5″ H x 43.25″ W x 29.5″ D
  • Extended Leaf – Standard dimension 43.25″ W x 23.5″ D
  • Gear / Shaft Power Transfer – Gear Driven
  • Cast Aluminum Molded Sewing Head – Standard
  • Double-Capacity “M” Style Bobbin – Standard
  • Dual Thread Capability – Standard
  • Built in Bobbin Winder – Standard
  • Heavy-duty Top Shaft Bearings and Bushings – 3
  • Automatic Hook Lubrication – Standard
  • Stitch Regulation – N/A
  • Hook Position Finger – Standard
  • Variable Speed Foot Control – Standard
  • Two-station Needle Positioner – Standard/Foot pedal and soft touch buttons
  • Open Toe Stippling Foot – Included
  • Flexible Light Fixture – Standard
  • Operator’s Manual – Standard
  • Automatic Hook Lubrication – Standard
  • Oil Impregnated Bushings – Standard
  • Stitching Speed – Standard
  • Built in Diagnostics – Standard
  • Variable Speed Control – Standard
  • Basting Stitch – Standard
Pros of the TinLizzie18 Sitdown Long Arm Quilting Machine
  • Throat depth is 18inches.
  • Easy to use.
  • Creates high-quality quilts.
  • Adjustable stitching speeds.
  • Easy to maintain.
  • Maximum sewing speed of 3000SPM.
  • Dual thread capability.
  • 60-months warranty.
The Cons
  • Cannot work at optimal level during power black-outs.
  • Lacks a stitch regulation feature.

Bottom-line

The TinLizzie18 Sitdown is a high-quality, high-performance electrically-powered manual-guided long-arm quilting machine with variable stitching speed, and comes with a specially-designed collapsible worktable and a lamp attached to the machine head.

It has a throat depth of 18inches and uses easy-to-access advanced control settings. However, buyers should consider the fact that it lacks a stitch regulation mechanism.


4. Juki TL-2200QVP Quilt Virtuoso-Pro Review

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The Juki Virtuoso Pro is a high-performance, electrically-powered machine with manually-guided long-arms that supports stitch regulation. It is shipped with a 10-foot long Grace Virtuoso-King Frame and a large full-screen color-display LCD that has a touch screen.

It allows for adjustment of the stitch speed; and can be operated via the well-positioned, easy-to-access advanced control settings.

This model has front hand-bars, which allows the machine head to be guided manually across the quilt fabric when a custom design is being sewed into the fabric. This model is designed and built by Juki America, Inc.

This compactly-designed machine head weighs 57pounds. The fully-assembled machine head is 28.7inches long, 8.6inches wide, and 18inches tall.

Its throat size is 18inches long and 10inches high, which allows the quilter to sew large patterns, or blocks, on the quilt fabric.

It comes with ergonomic hand-bars and handles that provide comfortable grips that allow the quilter to efficiently use the machine head for an extended period of time during each quilting session. Its color scheme is white.

Its shipping package contains the machine head and the installation hardware.

The unit comes with the following items:
  • bobbin case,
  • quality bobbins,
  • and high-quality sewing needles.
  • The installation hardware include an encoder set, power cable, and screw drivers.

Also included in the package is the sewing machine oil for lubricating the moving parts of the machine. The bobbins are the dual-capacity M-style bobbins, and they serve to ensure that the thread is kept under tension as the bobbin thread guide directs the taut thread to the sewing needle.

Likewise, to ensure that the thread tension is precise, this unit features a built-in bobbin winder and dual-thread tension guides. This package also comes with an easy-to-follow, well-illustrated and labeled instruction guide.

This easy-to-use machine head uses a gear-driven power transfer system that features gears and shafts. The shaft is held in place by well-lubricated heavy-duty bushings and bearings. The automatic-hook lubrication system ensures that these moving parts are well oiled.

This easy-to-use machine head allows the main controls and unit settings to be adjusted from the handles with the full-color display atop the front of the hand-bar assembly showing the settings in real-time. Also, the needle position can be raised or lowered using a press button.

This model is powered by a durable AC-servo motor that allows the machine head to achieve a sewing speed of up-to 2200SPM. The quilter can uses the speed setting in the advanced control panel to adjust the sewing speed as appropriate.

Its conveniently-placed easy-to-access control buttons allow the quilter to create delicate and detailed customized designs on the quilt fabric. Likewise, its stitch regulation feature allows the stitch length to be consistent regardless of the sewing speed. This model also allows for pantograph designed to be sewed into the quilt.

This machine head benefits from a 5-year warranty.

Specifications
  • Sewing Speed: Max. 2200 spm
  • Needle bar stroke: 35mm
  • Presser Foot Lift: 5.5 mm
  • Needle GB: 134R
  • Bobbin: Double capacity “M” style
  • Motor: AC servo motor
  • Machine Head: Made in Japan by Juki
  • Dimensions of sewing machine: 10 1/4″W x 18″H x 28 3/4L”
  • Weight of sewing machine: 26 kg
Pros of the Juki TL-2200QVP Quilt Virtuoso-Pro
  • Easy to use.
  • Throat depth of 18inches.
  • Creates high-quality quilts.
  • Comes with a 10-feet long heavy-duty metal frame.
  • Adjustable stitching speeds.
  • Easy to maintain.
  • Maximum sewing speed of 2200SPM.
  • Has conveniently-placed, easy-to-access control buttons.
  • 60-months warranty.
The Cons
  • Cannot work at optimal level during power black-outs.

Bottom-line

The Juki TL-2200QVP Quilt Virtuoso-Pro is a high-performance long-arm quilting machine that supports stitch regulation, and comes with a 10-foot long Grace Virtuoso-King Frame and a large full-screen color-display LCD that has a touch screen.

As a complete package in the 18″ throat category, this is a long arm machine well worth considering.


5. HandiQuilter-HQ Sweet Sixteen Review

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In this Sweet sixteen quilting machine review, we are looking at the electrically-powered, manually-guided long-arm Handi Quilter-HQ.

The machine comes with a height-adjustable table and an upgraded TruStitch stitch regulator along with a bonus package of 20 high-quality needles and 4 extra bobbins.

It allows for adjustment of the stitch speed; and can be operated via the well-positioned, easy-to-access advanced control settings.

This model has front hand-bars, which allows the machine head to be guided manually across the quilt fabric when a custom design is being sewed into the fabric. The model is designed and built by Handi Quilter, Inc.

This compactly-designed machine head has a throat size that is 16inches deep and 8inches tall, which allows the quilter to sew large patterns, or blocks, on the quilt fabric.

The height-adjustable table is 36inches long, 30inches wide, and its height can be adjusted from 26inches (lowest height) to 42inches (highest height). This model comes with a built-in project timer that is backed by a quilting alarm.

Its shipping package contains the machine head, and the installation hardware along with a bobbin case, quality bobbins, and high-quality sewing needles.

The installation hardware include an encoder set, front handles, power cable, and screw drivers. There is also the sewing machine oil for lubricating the moving parts of the machine.

The bobbins are the large M-class type, and they serve to ensure that the thread is kept under tension as the bobbin thread guide directs the taut thread to the sewing needle. This package also comes with an easy-to-follow, well-illustrated and labeled instruction guide.

The machine head allows the main controls and unit settings to be adjusted from the handles. Likewise, the needle position can be raised or lowered using a press button.

The machine uses a gear-driven power transfer system that features gears and shafts. The shaft is held in place by well-lubricated heavy-duty bushings and bearings. The automatic-hook lubrication system ensures that these moving parts are well oiled.

This model is powered by an AC motor that allows the machine head to achieve a sewing speed of up-to 1800SPM. The quilter can uses the speed setting in the advanced control panel to adjust the sewing speed as appropriate.

Its conveniently-placed easy-to-access control buttons allow the quilter to create delicate and detailed customized designs on the quilt fabric.

Likewise, its stitch regulation feature allows the stitch length to be consistent regardless of the sewing speed. This model also allows for pantograph designed to be sewed into the quilt.

Likewise, the stitch regulation feature allows for the stitch length to be adjusted as appropriate.

This machine head benefits from a very generous 10-year warranty.

Specifications & Features
  • 16″ throat space
  • 8″ vertical space
  • 36″ x 30″ height-adjustable table, from 26 to 42 inches
  • Easy-Set Tension™
  • Stitching speed of up to 1,800 precision stitches per minute
  • Handi Feet mount with quarter-inch ruler foot installed, open-toe foot
  • Adjustable color touchscreen
  • Walking stitch plus four basting stitch options, controlled with touchscreen or foot pedal
  • Needle-stop position control
  • Quilting alarm and project timer
  • Low-bobbin estimator and alarm
  • LED light ring
  • High-speed rotary hook with large-capacity M-class bobbin
  • Easy needle change with ergonomic thumb screw
  • Responsive foot pedal
  • Four extra bobbins, 20 needles, sample thread pack included
  • Built-in diagnostics
  • Four language options: English, French, German, and Spanish
Pros of the HandiQuilter-HQ Sweet Sixteen
  • Easy to use.
  • Throat depth of 16inches.
  • Creates high-quality quilts.
  • Comes with a height-adjustable table.
  • Adjustable stitching speeds.
  • Easy to maintain.
  • Maximum sewing speed of 1800SPM.
  • Has conveniently-placed, easy-to-access control buttons.
  • 60-months warranty.
The Cons
  • Cannot work at optimal level during power black-outs.

Bottom-line

The HandiQuilter-HQ Sweet Sixteen is a good choice electrically-powered manually-guided long-arm quilting machine for those looking for a unit in the 16″ throat capacity range.

It features a height-adjustable table and an upgraded TruStitch stitch regulator along with a bonus package of 20 high-quality needles and 4 extra bobbins.

Another worthy addition to our top 10 round up.


6. TOP PICK (18″ Throat): The NEW Kings Quilter II ELITE Long Arm’s Quilter Review

This is quilting machine has exceptional features that make it reliable, reminding you of your love for the Old King Quilter. It is sturdy. Hence, the quality is unquestionable and will last you a long time. It also comes with essential accessories needed in the quilting process. Thus, you do not have to use the extra money to enhance your machine.

Made in the USA, it offers greater functionality since it uses high-tech electronics. It also has touchpad interface that is very innovative. Overall, this a top quality long arm quilting machine for home use.

This machine comes with free accessories inclusive of bobbins and bobbin case, needles, thread mask, spool stand, screwdriver, pin oiler, lint brush, power cord, and a user manual.

(Additional Specs & Benefits: 10 or 12 Foot Quilting Frame, with Laser Light Kit, Bobbin Winder, Carriage, Accessory Kit, with 2 FREE Rulers, has 3 Year(s) Platinum Upgraded Warranties).

 

Specifications & Features
  • 18″ Throat Space
  • Stitch Precision Mode
  • Stitch Cruise Mode
  • 4 options for Basting Stitch
  • 4 to 22 Stitches Per Inch
  • Stitch Manual Mode – 2 Presets
  • Light Ring Included
  • 2,200 Stitches Per Minute
  • M Class Bobbin
  • 7″ Color Touchscreen Included
  • 10 Foot Frame Included with option to upgrade to a 12 foot
  • Front handlebars with control buttons – adjustable and customizable
  • Rear Handlebars with controls
  • Built In Micro Handlebars
  • Quilt Alarm
  • Quilt Timer
  • Stitch Counters
  • Low Bobbin Estimator
  • Low Bobbin Alarm
  • Warranty (Casting/Mechanical/Electrical): 10yr/5yr/5yr
  • 8 Watt LED Power Consumption
  • 5mm Sew Foot Stroke/Lift
  • 35.3 mm Needle Bar Stroke
  • 73 mm Take-Up Stroke
  • Permamnent Kluber Lube Main Components Lubrication
  • Velocite 10, Texaco 22 Hook Lubrication
Pros of the The NEW Kings Quilter II( 2) ELITE Long Arm's Quilting Machine
  • The machine has a three-year warranty, which allows you to communicate your worries and have it replaced incase you aren’t satisfied.
  • It is fast and reliable to stick with the machine as it covers two thousand two hundred stitches per minute and four to twenty stitches per inch. The machine features the precision mode, batch stitch, and cruise mode.
  • It has a ten to the twelve-foot frame, whose high quality provides the quilter a comfortable stand up experience. You can choose the size you prefer when purchasing the product.
  • It is a new version of the Old Kind Quitter, which you are used to, therefore adding quality, and reliability to the machines you are love.
The Cons
  • It is more expensive than its older version.

Bottom line

Whether you are a home quilter or an industrial quilter, if you are looking for 18″ throat capacity this is the machine to buy.

Easy to use, with some excellent features this machine will help you quilt complex patterns in no time. Highly recommended.


7. The Quilter’s Pro, Sit-down, Long Arm Quilter w/ Table Review

For users looking for a quilting machine (has long arm) with an ample space to work on, then this could be your choice. It has an open area measuring eighteen inches.

\It has a speed foot control with both needle up and needles down positions. The machine also comes with a collapsible table for convenience.

The quilting area for this machine is fifteen inches, and the treated space is eighteen inches by six inches big. It has standard variable speed control and stitching speed.

It comes in handy with an open toe stippling foot and standard foot pedal and soft touch buttons.

Pros of the The Quilter's Pro Sit-down Quilting Machine (Long Arm) & and with a Table
  • It is easy to achieve precise stitches with this quilting machine since it has variable speed. It sews uniformly sized stitches.
  • The machine comes with a flexible light, which allows you to move it anywhere needed. You can conveniently adjust it backward for pantographs or bring it closer for micro stripping.