New here and would like any input re. Sunshine 16 quilting machine  I saw and tried at AQS in GR, MI this

past weekend.  I was actually pretty impressed with the machine (how it stitched, very little vibration) and

just wondered if anybody had one.  It is unbelievably affordable,and  I would appreciate some feedback.

Thanks!  Happy Quilting!


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Comment by Joy Richard on August 24, 2014 at 2:54pm

HI Everyone,

I just purchased a used Sunshine 16 LA machine at a quilt show in Hershey Pa.  I am having trouble with it since I got it home.  It stitched for about 3 minutes and then the thread broke.  After that, when I fixed the broken thread, the needle will not go down and it makes a screeching sound when I try to run it.  What do you think is wrong and what should I do?  Also, the only manual I got with the machine is what looks like a photo copy version of about 10 pages from the internet.  It is not very detailed with any instructions.  Is there a manual in more detail that anyone knows about?

Looking for some answers so I can quilt again,


Comment by Kathy Fisk on February 5, 2014 at 6:39pm

A great idea,  food for thought... Thanks

Comment by Riana Noyes on February 5, 2014 at 4:59pm

Hmmm, Katgy, sounds like he'd be a good candidate for pre- cutting your fabric strips& squares:)

Comment by Kathy Fisk on February 5, 2014 at 10:38am

Hi Riana, a great question.  I use the Janome bobbin winder when a only need one of a particular color of thread, but for quantity winding I have a helper... actually it's something my husband gets a kick out of.  I can't get him close to my sewing machines, but if I tell him I've got to wind 4 or 6 bobbins of cream or black (etc.) he jump right to it and plays for half an hour winding bobbins with the Sidewinder.  He also goes crazy peeling potatoes (I no longer hand him the bag or he'll peel them all!)  He is such a hard working man (master plumber, mechanical contractor) that I think he just enjoys the tinker work of these types of projects.  I love him for it.  He puts a smile on my face every day.  He's also great at deviled eggs and potato salad (lots of cutting and chopping, go figure!

Comment by Riana Noyes on February 5, 2014 at 9:48am

Kathy, l too have a Janome 6500 that l use for general sewing, piecing and quilting of my smaller projects. This machine has a separate bobbin winding motor built right in ( no foot pedal required) ...so why use a side winder? Just curious:)

Comment by Kathy Fisk on February 5, 2014 at 9:30am

Thanks for the comments, Debra.  The company is coming to the AQS show in Grand Rapids in August.  I'm excited to see them at that time.  In regards to your bobbin problem, perhaps your bobbin winder has a problem with it's tension (too loose, too tight, etc.).  Perhaps you could try the bobbin winder from Joann's Fabrics, the SIDEWINDER, it has worked well for me on my Janome 6500.  The bobbins are always very well loaded with thread, and have caused me no problems at all.  Good luck!  Perhaps a call to Sunshine is in order, I'm sure they would have some suggestions.  Thanks again for your response.  Happy quilting, Kathy

Comment by Debra Piper on February 5, 2014 at 9:18am
I've had my Sunshine 16 for a year now. It's fun! The only problem I've had is I can't get the stitch right when using the bobbin I wind myself. Works great with pre wounds. I don't think there is anything wrong with the machine, it's just that I don't have a feel for making the stitch adjustments. It is not a home sewing machine, it's industrial.

I almost bought the foot for the pano grams, but I chickened out.
Comment by Kathy Fisk on February 5, 2014 at 8:26am

Hi quilters, I've just joined MyQuiltPlace, and am very excited to share my quilting experiences with you.  I'm very interested in the Sunshine 16 quilting machine, and am interested in any info you may have about it.  Please share anything you may know about it.  Thanks so much, and happy quilting!

Comment by Debra Piper on September 5, 2012 at 8:28pm
They are such a small company that they put the machine together after you order
Comment by Jane Meilbeck on September 5, 2012 at 4:12pm

Wow Debra...I'm excited for you!  Have to keep me posted re. machine.  Why 2-3 mos?  Is co. that busy or because of being so small and they are busy going to quilt shows as a vendor?   I am gonna have to get busy and sell some of my ol' machines and stuff so I can afford to get one. Maybe someday when I die God will have LA in Heaven.  lol  

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