Peg Spradlin

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I learned to machine quilt on a domestic sewing machine and took pride in becoming skilled enough to maneuver a queen sized quilt through the machine, and to earn best machine quilting awards. I like the way a domestic machine works in that I control the quilting by moving the quilt, not the machine. Add to that the fact that my house just isn't large enough to accommodate a long arm, and you see why I never entertained the thought of buying one.
But, the older I got, the more punishing it was to my back, neck, and shoulders to push the bulk of a large quilt through that tiny domestic throat, and I wished for a machine that would give me the room of a long arm, still allow me to control the movement of the quilt, and not take up half my house. One day I was thumbing thru a quilting magazine and saw an ad for an HQ Sixteen sit-down model. My heart started racing as I read the specifications, because it looked like this was the machine I'd been wishing for.
Quiltmaker magazine was using the HQ Sixteen sit-down models for their Project LInus day at their offices that year, and I knew my sister would be there. I called her up, told her to try the machine and if she liked the way it worked, to put my name on one of the demo models. That's how I bought my HQ Sixteen, sight unseen and within a week of reading the ad.
I've been using the quilter for 2 years and I love it. It's my workhorse machine, The quilts glide easily over the table top, the foot hopping action powers over the bulkiest seam, and the large throat means I don't suffer when I quilt. I'm able to put a quilt through the machine 2 to 3 times quicker than using my domestic, and it fits my small sewing room.
Thank you so much for putting this product on the market. It's just what the doctor ordered!

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