In 2009, my husband and I want to quilt shows, test drove the entire inventory of long-arm machines, and asked lots of questions. I loved the HQ for many reasons, one of which was because of the frame. Unlike other frames, it wasn’t necessary to adjust the height of the rollers as the take-up roller got larger. The price was also much more reasonable and had all the features I wanted included the stitch regulator. It was also possible to add other features such as the HQ Pro-Stitcher computerized quilting. Oh, I wanted one so badly. However, I had retired that year un-expectantly and money was tight. I continued to check E-Bay and other websites to purchase a used HQ. Apparently, people aren’t interested in selling their HQ. Again, that confirmed that I was after the right machine. And then… there it was, the HQ Sixteen, and the price was one I could afford. However, when I called the lady, the system had already been sold. The lady, an instructor for Handi Quilter, was selling her system to upgrade to the HQ18 Avante or the HQ24 Fusion Package. (I can’t remember which.) When she noted the disappointment and eagerness in my voice, she quickly suggested that I call another HQ instructor who was also upgrading her system to a larger HQ. I immediately called Meredyth Rotlisberger and made the purchase. It is wonderful. I love my HQ Sixteen and within the first two months, I had quilted 16 quilts that had been stored on the shelf waiting for this addition to my quilting studio.
I enjoy “playing” and quilting with my HQ. It’s so easy to maneuver. Now, I’m making larger quilts and not just the lap quilts. Quilting has given me an enjoyable pastime since my retirement and my family will be warm for many winters and generations to come. I stay in my quilting studio a minimum of 6 to 9 hours almost every day and I thank God, I was fortunate enough to find Meredyth. She was very helpful in helping me to set up my machine and get started. Also, the home office of Handi Quilter has been very helpful in helping me switch over the owner registration and answer any questions I had. I love the company and I love my machine. I have already started a plan to upgrade to the HQ18 Avante or the HQ24 Fusion within the next three years. I want more and I wouldn’t even consider another machine!! It’s easy to see that Handi Quilter was designed by a quilter for quilters.
I own the following HQ machines: