After many years of marriage, we now have a new lawn mower, a truck, a trailer, any tool imaginable, and it was time for me to get a “toy”. I decided I wanted a long arm quilting machine. My husband, Josh, started to understand I really wanted this and he gave me the support and courage to start my search. I tried different machines out at every quilt show. It seemed like an endless search because every machine I used bounced too much, was too noisy, or something didn’t quite feel right. I felt like Goldilocks but with longarm machines!
My defining moment was at the Chicago quilt show that my mom “made” me go to. We were on a charter bus and I was the only lady under the age of 35! I apparently have an old soul?! Anyway, I once again was Goldilocks. But I found a machine that I decided was going to settle with – cheap enough but I didn’t love it. I told my mom that I wanted to finish walking around and we would go back and get it. As soon as those words were out of my mouth, I see the Mecca of quilting machines…the Handi Quilter Booth. I went into the booth firing questions at the salesman like crazy. I didn’t know he was the president of the COMPANY! Apparently, he is very good at his job for a reason because I purchased a HQ Sixteen from the show that day! I had finally found the machine that was JUST RIGHT!!!
I have had my machine for about 4 months and mom is starting to bring out tubs from her room to get them quilted. I think that she is happy I bought this machine too!
I own the following HQ machines: