I was an avid clothing sewer so making a leap into the quilting world was a natural progression for me. Time was another issue. When I retired in 2003 after 33 years as a teacher, I decided the time was right - I was going to teach myself to quilt!!! Quilt Basket in Wappingers Falls, NY is my local quilt shop and I am also fortunate to have Debby Brown, an accomplished quilting teacher, work with them. She is fabulous and has taught me so much encouraging me every step of the way.
I had used the HQ Sixteen at my local shop and knew that was the machine for me. The cost of the HQ Sixteen was a bit too much for my finances and then a good friend decided to upgrade to the HQ24 Fusion and I had to opportunity to purchase her HQ Sixteen. I finally had my own HQ Sixteen!! That was in 2008 and I haven't stopped quilting yet.
I truly thought I had discovered all there was to discover about the HQ Sixteen. Then I had the misfortune to shatter my left wrist in 2009. After spending 6 weeks in a cast and then discovering my wrist would never be the same, I thought my quilting days were over. Then I discovered the micro-handles! What an answer to my prayers. I bought them and have them attached to my machine. I can now quilt again in comfort using the micro-handles all the time. They allow my wrist to be in a neutral position so I can quilt comfortably for hours.
I own the following HQ machines: