I began quilting with my grandmother on her living room floor, cutting "yo yos" with blunt end scissors. When she felt I was old enough, she gave me a threaded needle and I still remember that day vividly ...I was hooked ! Over the years, through my career in Human Resources, I quilted only on weekends dreaming of the day I could quilt any time I wanted. That day came August 1, 2009 when I retired. I had a very small sewing room, but I wanted a quilting machine. I began thinking of taking over the garage when I attended a class with David Taylor. During the class, he said he uses a Handi Quilter Sit-down machine. My hand shot up with the question, "what ?, a sit down machine !" He explained the machine, and as soon as I got home, I went online to look up the HQ Sixteen Sit-down. Measuring the one corner I had left in my sewing room, I found I actually had room for the HQ Sixteen Sit-down, so I bought it the next day. I was thrilled that I could set it up myself in a few minutes and I became a "one woman shop." I no longer have to send my quilts out and pay someone else to do the quilting. My husband's garage, is no longer a target for my quilting passion.
I own the following HQ machines: