For an entire year no one could figure out why my eyes hurt so much! Then my joints began to swell and ache. My sewing came to a complete stop as I battled psoriatic arthritis. In addition to being sick and in pain, I became depressed since I could no longer sew.
Eventually, medications got my arthritis under control. However, I couldn’t make clothing anymore as bending to hem, etc. was now beyond my capabilities. Draperies and window treatments were also no longer possible because of reaching to measure and mount; climbing on ladders was out of the question.
I treated myself to a new sewing machine, not really knowing exactly what I would sew with it! I tried making a small quilt but had a painful time pushing the quilt under the harp while free motion quilting. Then I started the “new machine” class that the sewing machine dealer gives to all new owners. In that class, I met Martha.
Martha works at a local quilting store and owns a HQ Sixteen with HQ Pro Stitcher. Martha told me all about her system and got me curious. I quietly began researching home quilting systems.
At that time, most of the set ups meant for home quilting looked kind of homemade - sort of put together with a child’s erector set! Call me shallow, but if I’m going to spend money on a quilting system, I’d like to be proud of how it looks!
Then I began researching warranties, customer service reputations and training options. I found that having a local dealer who could train me was a very important consideration.
Finally, I began test driving systems, often traveling many miles away, to get a feel for the different systems I was researching. The feat
ures for the price on the HQ Sixteen couldn’t be beat, and the local dealer repeatedly answered all my questions with patience. Furthermore, the machine had a very nice "fit and finish". I finally chose the HQ Sixteen.
As I waited for my machine to arrive, I became very nervous. Would I be able to quilt on it, even with my arthritis? When I was test driving the HQ Sixteen at my dealer’s, my quilting was not spectacular. Would I be able to learn to quilt nicely on the HQ Sixteen? Had I made a big mistake?
After my system arrived and my dealer trained me, I practiced every day. My arthritis was absolutely not a problem! The lighting under the handlebars really helped me overcome the problems with my eyes, and I could push the machine around WITH MY FINGERTIPS. After lots of practice, I am becoming a pretty good quilter. In fact, I have won some ribbons at local shows! I love quilting on my HQ Sixteen so much, my dealer asked me to be her “HQ Educator”!
I absolutely love my HQ Sixteen and know I will have many years of pleasure with it.
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