When I purchased my HQ Sixteen in October 2006, I originally set it up in my existing sewing room. Although the room was not large enough to extend the table fully, I was able to open the closet doors to gain a few extra feet and allow the overflow of the table and rollers to extend into the closet. This setup made it necessary for me to crawl under the table each time I needed to get to the back of the machine. Although this didn’t seem to be too much of a challenge at first, it didn’t take long for my aging knees and back to tell me otherwise. Setting up the machine in our garage was not an option since my husband builds street rod cars as a hobby.
So I thought, if only I could use the space adjacent to my sewing room…..another small bedroom currently set up as a guest bedroom and hardly every used…..then I would have plenty of room to set up the full table for the HQ. You should have seen the look on my husband’s face when I asked, “honey, could I could knock down the wall between the two bedrooms to convert them into one sewing room?” After his initial shock, he agreed that this idea was a good one. A few days later, we moved the HQ Sixteen to our bedroom where I continued to work on quilts while he removed the wall. Within three weeks, the “new” room was ready and I moved back into the space. So now we have a 2800 square foot house with two bedrooms……probably won’t help the resale value of the house but with the current housing market, I don’t think we’ll be moving anytime soon. So in the meantime, I’m enjoying my HQ Sixteen as it proudly occupies the middle of my sewing room and sits where the wall once was.
Although creativity is a wonderful thing for quilting, it also comes in handy when finding just the right space to do it in.
I own the following HQ machines: