Theresa de Lamerens

Me at the HQ Pro-Stitcher class

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I always wanted a Handi Quilter machine but since I couldn't doodle I only thought I would only be able to quilt by using the HQ Pro-Stitcher.  However due to medical problems I couldn’t justify buying a new model.  Then one of the best days I had happened.  I was at my friend’s house drooling over her machine.  She told me she was thinking about upgrading her machine HQ Sixteen to the HQ24 Fusion.  The first thing out of my mouth was I want first chance on buying her machine.  Later she gave me a price; I paid the penalty and closed out my 401K.  Then the medical problems got worse and I was not able to get down stairs to play on the machine. 
Right before a surgery to remove my knee and replace it with a plastic box I found out a HQ Pro-Stitcher educator (Linda) was going to be at Quilt Trends in Columbus, OH.  I refused to ask the Dr. permission to go because I knew it would be denied. Four days after the removal of my knee and a spacer inserted, I called and begged my friend to take me.  I have a great friend and she agreed to take me and be my chauffer and nursemaid.   
The day came to make the three hour drive. I was loaded in the back seat of the car with pillows, wheel chair, walker and pain pills and off we went.  I spent the next two days soaking in knowledge.
Unfortunately my medical problems took longer than expected and I was not able to get down stairs to use my machine for over a year.  But now I have an actual knee instead of a plastic box and I can finally say I am on the road to recovery.  I am able to go  downstairs to practice.    I am learning the HQ Pro-Stitcher but really want to be able to freehand quilt.   It’s been a long 2 years but the joy I feel when I’m downstairs working on my HQ Sixteen is makes everything worth it. 

I own the following HQ machine: HQ Sixteen