Anita Emery

My granddaughter Esther on the quilt I made her

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There it was-the HQ sixteen long arm machine. My husband and I watch with great interest as a representative stitched away at a quilt top. My first thought were, “Wow, wouldn’t that be wonderful to have” but I didn’t express them aloud, I just wished. But my husband knowing me as well as he does, asked me what I thought. He knew I could no longer do free motion quilting on my sewing machine. My hands could no longer hold onto the fabric tightly enough and I definitely couldn’t hold a needle for quilting due to my conditions ( Lupus SLE, Dermatomyositis, Raynauld’s and Rheumatoid arthritis). So there I looked longingly at the Handiquilter and as I said wished. Knowing we couldn’t afford it I told him “one day” I would love to have one. Well we my darling husband saved up his money and “one day” happened. He and my nephew painted the spare room and soon the machine arrived. My husband’s goal was to give me something to relieve the stress from work and my disease itself and help me continue with my passion, quilting. Goal achieved-it works. I have sewn many quilts since then. I love my HQ sixteen and thanks to my husband I can keep on quilting. 

I own the following HQ machine: HQ Sixteen