As an art quilter, I wanted and really needed a machine with a bigger arm opening for sewing larger sized quilts, but with no room for a long arm machine on a frame and table, I was patiently waiting for my machine manufacturer to design and produce a sit-down machine with a bigger arm opening.
Well, a couple of years ago, just such a machine was introduced at Quilt Festival and I was so excited until I saw the price; it was way out of my affordable price range. How disappointing! Then, miracle of miracles, I came across the Handi Quilter Booth and was introduced to the HQSixteen Sit-down version of the long arm machine. I loved it! I called my husband from the show and excitedly told him about all the money I had just saved by buying this machine (instead of the other).
The HQ Sixteen is so easy to use and I did not have to change my free motion quilting style and techniques to adjust to a stand up long arm. Within no time at all, I was off and running with my new machine.
A few months after purchasing this machine, a call for artists was posted to commission a North Carolina artist to make a large fiber art wall hanging for a new health care facility. I applied and was fortunate to receive the commission for two, 5 feet by 10 feet landscape wall quilts. With only two months to complete these pieces, I had to put the pedal to the metal! What a work horse that machine is; I really put it to the test and it came through with flying colors!
So, that explains my initial statement, "timing is everything", and that the Handi Quilter was meant for me. I could never have done those commissioned pieces without my HQ Sixteen. It really has opened many doors for me.
Thanks Handi Quilter.
I own the following HQ machines: