Eliane Bailey

My HQ Sixteen and Me

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I started sewing as a child in France and continued sewing clothing and home dec for my family after I married and moved to the United States. Since I worked full time and was busy raising a large family, I didn't really have time for hobbies, but I always wanted to try quilting. Finally, after I retired, the quilting bug bit me big time and I started taking classes and making quilts. For the last five years, my passion for quilting has grown quickly as I completed quilt after quilt.
At first I tried hand quilting the tops, but it takes so long to finish a large quilt when you hand-quilt…and there are so many more quilts I want to make! So I started sending my quilts out to be machine quilted, but that didn't help either because sometimes I still had to wait several months to get my finished quilt back. And I wasn't always happy with the way they were quilted.
Finally, I decided to buy one of the short-arm/home quilting machine table combinations and learn to machine quilt my own quilts. I soon found out it was not what I had imagined. Although I could load a queen-sized top, the quilting area was very limited and I just wasn't satisfied with it.
We're very fortunate here in Dallas to have a very large quilt show with lots of sewing and quilting machine vendors. As I entered the show a couple of years ago, the first thing I saw was the Handi Quilter booth. I walked over and watched them demonstrate the HQ Sixteen. It was love at first sight! I tried it out, and it was like a dream come true. It was very easy to control and comfortable to use, even without the stitch regulator. I liked the way the machine looked and felt, AND it would fit in my sewing room! It was just what I wanted…the whole package was perfect. I couldn't wait to buy it and get it home to use it.
Now that I've been using the HQ Sixteen for a couple of years, I'm even more in love with it. I love the way the machine looks. It's easy to clean; it requires very little maintenance; and it operates virtually trouble-free.
I'm so happy with my HQ Sixteen that I praise its quality to all of my friends. I bring them home to show them how well it works and how beautiful it is. And I encourage them to try quilting with it so they can see how easy it is to handle.
Yes, I'm having a love affair with my HQ Sixteen!
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