I had seen the HQ at my local quilt shop in Franklin, NC and secretly was trying to figure out how to "make it happen".
We had friends in town the week end of my birthday and we rented a pontoon boat for a day on Lake Glenville. My husband (Bob) was running the boat and noticed a plastic bottle floating on the lake. He announced he was turning the boat around to pick it up. Once we got to the bottle there was a note inside, a very "wet" note, but we managed to get it out of the bottle and piece it together.. It read, "look in the glove compartment of the boat". Odd, I thought but I did and there was a Handi Quilter CD which read, "Happy Birthday", Love, Bob". You can imagine by happiness.
My quilt shop "A Stitch in Time" in Franklin, NC came to set it up. My set up day and education was prompt and I am quilting happily ever after. I love how easy it is to use and although I'm only quilting for myself and a couple of friends I love not waiting for quilts to be sent out to the long arm. Sometimes it would take several weeks for them to be returned.
I have my HQ set up at 9 feet....and now I need to enlarge my quilting space. That may take some persuading.
I own the following HQ machine: HQ Sixteen