Debbie Westerman

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I have been a seamstress for many years. I started sewing at an early age with my much loved Grandmother. She was always making garments. With her teaching, and my Dad's (believe you can do anything inspiration) I began creating my own clothing. With time, I began sewing for other people, everything from wedding parties to men's clothing. As the years passed, and I married a builder, I began decorating our homes. I made custom window treatments and all of the bedding to match. At that time, I was unsatisfied with a long arm sewing machine that I could do basic quilting. I knew there had to be a better way.
I discovered the HQ Sixteen purely by accident while shopping for supplies in Florida. As I browsed the store, I saw the HQ Sixteen setup with fabric and bright colored thread. The store was busy, so I didn't inquire what this machine could do, but it intrigued me. So much so, that after thinking about it all evening, I went in the next day to discover what it was for. I was amazed at what I learned. To think that I no longer had to spread my fabric out on the floor, place the batting and backing together and painstakingly pin it was too exciting for words. No longer would I have to pull fabric through a much too small opening and wrestle with simple quilting.
After my demonstration that day, I was hooked. I purchased it the same day, and counted the days until it arrived. Now that was an experience, putting the frame together and getting ready to make my stitch. To make a long story shorter, I completed the bedspreads and was tickled pink with my new toy, the HQ Sixteen.
I worked with a number of pantographs, used the groovy boards and couldn't have been happier. I couldn't bear for the HQ Sixteen to set idle (you only need so many bedspreads) so I began making quilt tops so that i would have projects for my HQ Sixteen. Since then I have added the HQ Pro Stitcher and use it everyday. I have made many many quilts now, and use the HQ Sixteen on a daily basis. I can't wait to get a quilt off of the rack so that I can create another quilted masterpiece. It is therapeutic for me and I love using it.
Because of my quilts, my six year old granddaughter has quite an interest in sewing. She has made a couple of doll quilts, and believes the sky is the limit. With a little more practice, she will be yet another happy HQ quilter.

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