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Frequency of Service Maintenance

I have an HQ Avante 18 purchased in July 2011. I have completed over 80 quilts on her, and have logged 6,500,000 stitches. I have oiled her regularly as recommended with the changing of the bobbin. She is making a sort of "metal on metal" grinding sound especially when running slowly. Is there a recommended frequency for maintenance service performed by a technician? I do plan on discussing the need for a trip to the shop with my local HQ dealer. In the meantime I am interested in the company's perspective. Thank you.


  • Handi Quilter recommends taking your machine to the local rep once a year to be cleaned and serviced, which includes lubrication inside the machine. This information is included in the user manual.
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