I added a new long arm sewing machine to my collection this weekend . . . I purchased a used Husqvarna Viking Platinum 16 sit down long arm. I was extremely pleased to find this machine with table, TruStitch Regulator, Handi-Quilter bobbin winder and a few other extra goodies. It required me taking a road trip to Indianapolis, Indiana but it was well worth it.
With limited space and two other sewing machines, I needed a long arm sewing machine that didn’t take up a lot of space.
Unfortunately, there is not much information on this long arm, however, I was able to find out the machine is actually made by Handi-quilter for Husqvarna and is very much like the HQ Sweet Sixteen long arm.
The main difference in the machines appearance seems to be the placement of the thread spools/spool holders. On the Husqvarna, the holder is on the left top and with the HQ it is on the bottom right.
I did have to work with the tension a bit once I got the machine home and set up.
The most important thing I found out about threading the machine is when putting the thread through the tension discs I have to use a flossing movement to work the thread between the discs properly.
If you look at my practice piece, the bottom two lines were made without the stitch regulator. The two above were made with the regulator on. What I have found when using the regulator is it creates a bit of resistance while stitching and that helps with control. Especially when making curves and loops.
I have been using my Juki TL-18QVP for free motion quilting up till now and it has done a good job. The open space of a long arm makes it much easier to move around. I believe I will be able to quilt in a less time. I also like having the “M” bobbin as it holds more thread and allows me to quilt longer between changes.
I hope to share some of my quilting work on my Platinum 16 very soon. So far, I’m very happy with my new machine.
Thanks for stopping by my blog today. Happy sewing!