Vicky Byars

A Happy Quilter

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For several years, my friend and I were mid-arm “wanna be’s” and would longingly look at all the mid-arm quilting machines at the AQS shows in Paducah and Nashville. We would fondle and play with all the different brands. We always looked at the Handi-Quilter because they are good machines and not over the top expensive. Our local HQ dealer would always tell me when they were on sale because she knew I wanted one. One day she called and gave me a deal I couldn’t refuse. So, I became the proud owner of an HQ Sixteen. What a thrill to finally have it in my home, waiting to be used to quilt my “resting” quilt tops. I was sailing along, happily quilting many tops when tragedy struck! But the rest of the story is better told by my dear HQ. “I was so happy. I had a nice place to live and a very nice owner who spent a lot of time with me. I was next to a nice big window , so I could look out and see the clouds drifting by and birds flying around. Then one day, huge, dark clouds came into view, bringing with them lots of rain, thunder, and lightning. I was beginning to get a little frightened when all of a sudden there was a loud boom, and I felt different. When all the thunder and rain was gone, my owner came to quilt. (She was in the middle of quilting a large quilt.) But when she turned me on that mean old “motor stall” took over. A few days later, I was on my way to the HQ doctor. I was gone for a long time, because I had to have several parts replaced. Thanks to the expert HQ physician, I was good as new and got to go home next to my window. My owner had really missed me, so we were both glad to be together again.” After waiting so long for my HQ Sixteen, I appreciated it even more. It made me realize just how much I had come to depend on it to get my quilt tops finished. I look forward to using my HQ every chance I get.

I own the following HQ machine: HQ Sixteen