Husqvarna Mega Quilter | Dream Quilting Machine

by Shelly

The Husqvarna Mega Quilter sewing machine offers a generous 9″ x 6″ sewing area and sews at the rate of 1600 stitches per minute.  The sewing area and the rate of stitches per minute is perfect for machine quilting and is probably twice the speed of standard sewing machines.  The extra throat area makes it much easier to push a quilt through making machine quilting a breeze!

Most quilters start out machine quilting on the same sewing machine they use for quilt piecing.  This is how I started machine quilting.  Machine quilting baby quilts or wall quilts is easy on a home sewing machine but quilting a queen or king sized quilt can become quite difficult.

If you have machine quilted a few quilts on your sewing machine and are now ready to move onto a machine with a bigger throat then you should be sure to look at the Husqvarna Mega Quilter.

The Husqvarna Mega Quilter promises perfect stitches thanks to the automatic stitch control feature.  Consistent stitches will make all your quilts turn out beautifully.  Stitch speed is also adjustable, go as fast or as slow as you like.

The Mega Quilter also comes with an adjustable presser foot.

One of the best features of the Husqvarna Mega Quilter that makes quilting much easier is the knee lift, with the knee lift you can raise and lift the presser foot and keep both hands on the quilt.

The Mega Quilter comes with the great Husqvarna name and some more great features of this quilting machine include:

  • Extra Large 9″x6″ Work Area
  • Automatic Stitch Control
  • Adjustable Presser Foot
  • Adjustable Stitch length and width.
  • Knee Lift
  • Separate motor allows you to wind a bobbin while quilting a quilt
  • Automatic thread cutter.  This is a great feature!  Its so simple but will make your quilting even more pleasurable.
  • Portable extension table of 24″ x16″
  • Perfect stitches on every fabric thickness thanks to automatic stitch control, thread pre-tension adjustment and adjustable presser foot pressure.
  • Large reverse lever

Update:  There have been more  than a few people expressing frustration with this quilting machine.  I recommend taking the machine for a test drive prior to purchasing.

{ 24 comments… read them below or add one }

Wendi Hall 10.20.09 at 4:13 pm

Hi Shelly – Thanks for your comments on the Mega Quilter. I also own a MQ and I have it on an Inspira frame. It is truly a dream machine — but it did take some getting used to and getting the stitching and tensions right — even with the stitch regulator. But once through the learning curve, it’s wonderful to be able to load a queen or king sized quilt and breeze through the quilting. I have used it off the frame and the 1600 stitches per minute really make a difference compared to my small Husky, which I also love! I do wish I could find a reliable service center though !

Doris 01.27.10 at 9:15 pm

I have been looking at theHusqvana Mega quilter. This will be my 1st quilting machine. I’m a little concerned that it took some time before you could get the stitching and tension right before you are up and running. Why?

Is there anyone out there that can address this issue?


Is there classes you can take from the company?

Holly 02.12.10 at 1:06 pm

I would love to have one of these machines someday. Vikings are the best.

Say, you’re not the Shelly who used to hang out on Fidonet’s quilting echo back in the 1990s are you? She lived in NoCal too. :)

JMoore 02.27.10 at 8:53 pm

Adjustable stitch length, but not width. This machine is straight stitch only. You might want to update your description.

Kathy 04.25.10 at 2:13 pm

Recently I purchased a used Inspira frame and Mega quilter; from separate sources. I am having difficulty with the machine quilting. I have tangled nests of top thread on the under side of the quilt. I have had it in for a check up, the sewing machine sews fine with the foot pedal. What am I doing wrong?

karen 05.24.10 at 11:47 am

if you do not put down your pressure foot you get a tangled mess on the bottom.

Debbie 06.02.10 at 2:23 pm

Answer to question of classes. I sell Viking/ Husqvarna machines and our store offers classes on how to use them. If you purchase your machine from a store, you should be offered classes on how to work the machines. With the quilter, it will be one class. You will learn how to work it from winding the bobbin, to using it on a piece of fabric. Learning to quilt with it will take some time. The use of the stitch regulator takes a wee bit of getting used to. Most folks have a tendency to go to fast or to slow…its the timing.

JD 07.13.10 at 9:22 am

Probably the most important question you should ask when getting a machine of this type is, “Who will teach me to use this and answer my questions when I have a problem?”
The answer is, your authorized dealer. If you don’t get one of these along with your purchase you are asking for trouble from the start. I received a trade-in 9″ MegaQuilter with an Inspira frame a couple of years ago. The original owner got a “great price” on it but it “never has worked right”. I now have it relocated to a happy home with an owner that learned how to use it and it is running fine. There never was a problem with the machine. The original owner just never learned to use it, became unhappy with it and lost 50% of her original investment price when she used it as a trade-in. What a bargain!
Go out and meet your local dealers. Learn what they have to offer. Base your buying decisions on the overall value that you will receive. The additional investment will come back to you many times over.

Peggy 07.13.10 at 6:43 pm

To Kathy, Sure hope by now you have your answer. I’ve had my MQ for 3yrs. I was plagued with the same problem when first using the MQ. Remember, pressor foot down before sewing, re-thread the machine with manual in hand, make sure the needle is in correctly, check the bobbin, make sure the bobbin is in the caseing correctly, bring the bobbin thread up through the plate. I always keep a long scrap of fabric hanging on the end of the Inspira frame, I use it to check the stitching with every bobbin change. It there’s a problem with the stitches I can trouble shoot without any ripping! Hope this is helpful to someone out there. I love my MQ!

Jill 07.16.10 at 3:41 pm

Hey fellow quilters. I am thinking about purchasing the Mega Quilter or something like it; but, would like to hear others thoughts before making my decision. I also heard that the throat space comes up to 20 inches as well? Does anyone use the Quilt Sew Clever bot? Any feedback would be wonderful!

Cynthia Laurent 10.18.10 at 5:55 am


Vickie 01.13.11 at 8:21 am

Kathy, I had the same trouble with wadded up bobbin thread. I just gave the bobbin tension, on the bobbin carriage a little tweak. I cleared it right up. Also if you are doing alot of quilting ,you need to oil your machine regularly. I also have found I can not use Coates cotten thread., it will run about 9-12 inches and break the top thread. Keep at it and don’t ge to frustrated. I was about 4 months getting the Coates thread thing fiqured out. But now all is well in quilt land. Good luck.

Janet 05.28.11 at 9:19 pm

I have been quilting just a couple of years now and did buy a MegaQuilter. I absolutely love it. The tension comes pre-set and I have only had to adjust it a couple of times. The trick for me is to jot down how many clicks I adjust the tension and then put it back that many clicks as soon as I finish that project. That way I always am at the factory preset. It is seriously fast and easy to use and there is plenty of room to maneuver. And it is very sturdy, with stainless steel bobbins. It has been perfect for me as a new quilter, I would recommend it highly.

Brother-LS2125 11.24.11 at 11:22 am

I LOVE this machine. I’ve now had it a few months, and I’m still loving it. It has all those specific features I was looking for, and since I have used Brothers in the past, I had it up and running in 3 minutes without even opening the manual. The biggest surprise about this machine was how QUIET it is, and how SMOOTHLY it sews! And at slow speeds, you have tremendous precision!

Joanne 12.01.11 at 4:52 am

I have a mega quilter. I’ve been have also been having problems. I sew so much and then it will skip stitches. I changed my needle, that didn’t work. If anyone can offer some advise I would really appreciate it.
Thank you

Wen 12.22.11 at 9:56 am

I have a Mega quilter that is driving me nuts. The upper thread breaks constantly and then when it finally works the bobbin thread is too loose. I’ve tried different tensions, thread, speeds and checked the needle and threading.
any suggestions?

Janice 01.10.12 at 3:20 pm

I have a Mega quilter and the inspira frame I am new at quilting and have been practicing with a cheater cloth. I am soooooo frustrated. The needle thread keeps breaking aftre a few stitches and it is skipping stitches really really bad. I have the cruise control. I also just broke a needle. I have cleaned the machine, changed the needle 3x and rethreaded the machine several times. Can anyone help please I am just about to give it up. thanks Janice

Joyce 05.08.12 at 11:17 pm

I have had the same problem. I have two of these darn machines and frames. I can’t get anything to work, take machine off stand prefect, put back on stand and problems. I have let it set a year now I am so disgusted. Any suggestions out there. I had an old machine Nustyle with wooden frame that never gave me trouble. I moved and had to get rid of the table, now have old machine in a stand. They dont’ make stand for those anymore. So I am stuck with the new machines and the Inspira quilt stand. Can anyone tell me what I have done wrong. I can’t even finish a row without thread breaking, pulling below, long stitches. HELP

josie 07.05.12 at 12:21 pm

I also had problems with thread breaking Changed to a polyester thread and high quality cotton thread and solvec the problem

Bonnie 08.19.12 at 1:54 pm

I have a Mega Quilter also, I recently had problems with long stitches and thread breaking. After four trips to be serviced, I figured out that the rollers on the frame were dirty and needed cleaning. Clean with a piece of dental floss and a small bit of oil on the floss. Carefully push the floss in between the four rubber o-rings and remove the dust. Do not get the oil on the top side of the o-rings. Replace the o-rings if worn. Clean the metal track as well. Only use Organ Sewing Machine needles HLx 5 size 90/14 or 16. I use Coats and Clark machine quilting thread in the top and bobbin. Remove the metal plates and clean the feed dogs. I also replaced the hook on my machine. It works fine now.

Martha haunz 08.22.12 at 7:55 pm

Enjoyed all the comments about MQ. Bought one from dealer 2yrs-ago, made two queen size quilts , had a terrible time remembering to put pressed foot down. Did not have time to use it till lately, I think once I get fabrics loaded, maybe a small practice piece first, I will enjoy it more this time around and do even better job. Looking at the quilts I finished, I am surprised how nice they look. The local dealer (Smocking Shop, Louisville) was very helpful.

sandy 08.27.12 at 4:34 pm

I have a megaquilter and qbot and it breaks the thread constantly. I am so frustrated , I am thinking of going to a Bernia machine. I have rethreaded and cleaned the machine but never seems to get it to work properly.

Laura Unser 01.02.13 at 4:44 am

I have a mega quilter with the inspira frame I have had the same problems with mine tension , breaking thread, lummpy bottom tread I did a lot of ripping out ,I took it to be check the timeing was off and I found out I didnt sew fast enough and that help to stop the big stiches when you sewed in a down direction now that its fixed it works great . You have to use good thread or it breaks ever 5 inches

Debbie 07.10.13 at 3:43 am

I have a Mega Quilter my problem is that when I go to make a cure the tenison goes haywire. The top thread is a straight line I have speeded up the machine. Any suggestions on how to solve this problem? Pulling my hair out with this machine!!!

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