Meet Anne – My Pfaff Powerquilter 16.0

Yesterday I got the call I was waiting for… “Katie your Powerquilter is here!” and I’m surprised I didn’t get a speeding ticket going to pick it up on my lunch break. We wrangled it into the car and I couldn’t wait to get home to set it all up that night.   My husband was convinced the machine was going to fall on me and kill me during the setup process (he was at work so I did this on my own).


Overall it was fairly simple to setup and get going. Most of it came pre-assembled and you only had to hook up a few things. I think the bobbin winder took the longest for me to figure out but once I did I was rather impressed with it. The table is sturdy as all heck and heavier than the machine itself so there is NO vibration while quilting at high speeds. I did some test quilting on it last night and this morning.




Right side came out better than the left and I started to get the feel for her.



Tried a bit of my version of McTavishing



I’m very pleased with the stitch quality that I’m getting. I didn’t buy the stitch regulator and I think that was a good call, I don’t believe I’ll have much of an issue regulating the stitch length on my own especially with how precisely I can change the maximum needle speed. Still trying to figure out what table height I want to go with and I’m not sure if I like where she’s situated in the room but for now that’s where she will be.

I named her Anne after one of my favorite fictional characters Anne of Green Gables.  I plan on getting several stickers and decals to adorn her! Should make for a fun holiday weekend playing on her.


  1. Marye Albritton says:

    OOOOOOOooooohhhhhh!!!! So excited for you!! It will be so much fun. I’m anxious to see how you like it.

  2. Looks like you are having a blast.

  3. Your feathers look great! Lucky girl!

  4. OMG first of all, CONGRATULATIONS!!! Second, great job assembling her on your own! I’m not sure I would’ve been capable of doing that. How on Earth did you carry her into the house?! Your quilting samples look awesome. Anne of the Green Gables is one of my favorites, too! Love her red hair and character:) Have lots of fun with the new family member! :)))

  5. Congrats on the new addition to your family! We are sure to see lots of beautiful creations from her.

  6. Erin Marie says:

    She looks lovely! Oh, I’m super jealous.

    I love Anne, too. My daughter is named Lynne, with an E, and our last name is similar to Shirley. So, my daughter can say her name is “Lynne [Shirley] with an E.” Just like Anne. And that tickles me to no end.

  7. I am so happy for you Katie ! I am looking forward to see all the fabulous quilts you’ll be turning out. Angela Waters better watch out….

  8. Wow! What a beauty! Feathers are one of my favorite quilting patterns and you do them so well. I can’t wait to see more of your projects with Anne.

  9. Oh my! I am sew excited for you and love her name! I love Anne of Green Gables!!

  10. Congrats! You will have so much fun with her. Your quilting is fabulous – you will really do this machine justice! Can’t wait to hear all about it on the podcast and see what you create on the blog! And, I too, don’t know how you got that into your house and set up all by yourself! (Although I certainly would have attempted the same thing – LOL!)

  11. I’m so happy for you Katie! There is only one problem – you need to put the folks at The Quilt Bear on notice that your need for Aurifil thread has just gone up exponentially with beginning the use your new machine. LOL!

    Now Ringo will hear nothing but the sounds of the sewing machine or the corgis barking. Ahhhhhhhhhh, contentment!

  12. Betty Rhoads says:

    From looking at the pictures……you’ve mastered it already. The quilting looks great from my end of the camera. This machine will be a wonderful addition to your studio. Congratulations Katie.

  13. Your stitching on your new machine is beautiful. I agree that you don’t seem to need the stitch regulator. Your bobbin winder is exactly like mine for my Tiara.
    Have fun!

  14. You should make (and share) a video of you quilting on your new machine describing and documenting your thoughts, observations and experiences as a new owner. This would be helpful to those who are also new owners, as well as those who may be considering purchasing this type of machine.

  15. Congratulations my friend! I am so happy for you….you’re going to have so much fun. We’ll hit that cruise in a few years :)

  16. SOOOOOOOOOO jealous. The only consolation is that I really don’t have room for it.

  17. Katie how nice. Your feathers look great. Did you find it easier to do the FMQ with Anne?

  18. I’m contemplating purchasing 1 of these & was hoping to find more reviews online b4 doing so. Now that u’ve had it for a few days are u still happy with it? I’ve been using a Janome 8900 with an 11″ throat & have not to bad success so I’m not sure I shld spend the $ for the quilter. What do u think? I’m assuming u were using a sewing machine as well…… Tks for ur time & sharing ur lovely quilting. I just hope I can do 1/2 as well if & when I get mine.

  19. Okay—XXX rated comment! Close your eyes if this bothers you!! Katie, I was listening to your podcast and you said you put a “test quilt sandwich” on the new machine. I must have old ears because I heard “testicle sandwich” WOW what a difference is that? Love the new machine…jealous, jealous, jealous. And, yes, we all love Anne Shirley!

  20. I can’t find a price on the web anywhere for Pfaff powerquilter 16.0. Would you please give me at least an idea so I can be prepared when I ask for from my husband for my January birthday?

  21. Oh, I am soooo envious of your new machine! You do beautiful work. I am looking around for a sit down quilting machine and was looking for info on this one. I have a Pfaff Quilting Expression 4.0. I love the way it does free motion quilting on polyester batting and bonded polyester only. It shreds the thread when I use 100% cotton batting! Does your new Ann handle all kinds of batting? I can’t wait to see your work with your new machine!


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