I knew at that moment that this would be something I would love to do. I searched the internet to see if I could find a similar piece of equipment that I could purchase that was affordable and would fit within my limited room space. I came across the Handi Quilter frame that worked with almost any domestic machine. It worked wonderfully. I gradually wanted to expand my options including a larger quilting area with more pattern and design options.
My husband did some research on the internet and came across a web page that “supposedly” offered a more affordable alternative to a mid-arm machine. The machine was an older sewing machine that had been modified by stretching and elongating the neck of the machine. They even painted it my favorite color at no charge. It took them approximately three months to build this machine for me. It was absolutely beautiful. The first couple of stitches were great. As I continued, the stitching would become irregular. There seemed to be no consistency. My husband spent many hours adjusting, tinkering and adjusting again with little improvement. The machine was quickly named Sybil; the machine with multiple personalities, and none of them good. She was a thing of beauty to look at but had so many personalities she needed to be medicated. After a year of fighting with the company, requesting a repair, exchange or refund to no avail, we decided the only thing we could do was to give Sybil a proper burial. We found a better use for her as a yard ornament.
My husband I went back to the drawing board and started researching alternatives again. At one of the local quilt shows I saw a demo on the HQ Sixteen. I was amazed at the stitch quality, how easy it was to use and how freely it moved. When I got home I told my husband that this was the machine for me. He went back on the internet and although we really couldn’t afford it at the time, bought me the machine of my dreams, the HQ Sixteen.
Since then, it’s been seven years of nothing but pure joy from this wonderfully crafted machine. The stitches from my machine makes my quilts come alive and tell a story of their own. It allows me to be creative and precise.
I’ve been able to upgrade many of the features through the years including rear handles, micro handles and computer programming. I’ve been able to quilt all of my own quilts as well as quilts for others with great designs and creativity.
Although I have never had the opportunity to take a professional long-arm quilting class I have managed to quilt several award wining quilts on my machine.
There are many reasons why I decided to purchase a HQ Sixteen. Some of them include;
• Short Learning Curve
• Stitch Quality
• Customer/Personalized Service
• Minimum Maintenance
And just in case my husband happens to ask what I want from Santa this year, tell him the HQ24 Fusion please.
I own the following HQ machines: