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With a life-long interest in sewing, Laurel Barrus, founder of Handi Quilter, had the idea for the “Handi Quilter” portable frame when she was looking for a way to take a portable machine quilting frame to her family cabin. She could not find anything to suit her needs in the marketplace, so she created something that could be used with her own home sewing machine. It had to be light and small enough to carry in her car, yet adjustable so it could accommodate small or large quilts. When her friends saw the portable, adjustable frame she had created, they wanted one too.

Seeing her friends’ interest in her new frame, Laurel named it the “Handi Quilter”. She worked with several suppliers, produced a prototype, and took it to the International Quilt Festival in Houston in October of 1999. On the first day of the festival, she called her fabricators and told them she had received enough orders to keep them busy until Christmas.

The business continued to grow and in 2002 Laurel recognized the potential of the home machine quilting market, if a quality product could be offered at an affordable price and fit in the home environment. She invested in the design and production of an entirely new line of products – the “HQ Sixteen” quilting machine and the adjustable frames to support it. She hired her own electronic and mechanical engineers and support staff, established the manufacturing infrastructure for the new products, and created a new distribution network that could sell and service the machines.

In 2010, Handi Quilter became the only longarm quilting machine company to achieve worldwide safety and electrical certificates for our quilting machines and systems, enabling HQ expand to more than 900 worldwide independent retail locations across 55 countries. Its dedicated engineering team works with quilters when creating new and innovative products. Handi Quilter’s continued focus on education is furthered by more than 30 field educators in our HQ Studio and throughout the world who share their talents, knowledge and love of quilting.

Handi Quilter is recognized for its leading Customer Relations and Technical Solutions teams focus on quilters’ needs every day. What’s more, its retail partners are trained and certified in the HQ Way, providing information and service in their local communities, and HQ production team is focused on building the highest quality machines in the quilting industry.

Although the HQ Sixteen has now been replaced by newer machines, Handi Quilter continues to lead the machine quilting market, following our founder’s vision – Designed by a Quilter, for Quilters®. It offers quilting machines for every budget, space constraints, and quilting requirements. Most recently we launched the HQ Stitch line of sewing machines to further meet the needs of quilters.

Handi Quilter’s 70,000 square-foot corporate offices, production and manufacturing facility, and 10,000 square-foot education studio are located in North Salt Lake, Utah. Handi Quilter is the worldwide leader and quilters’ choice for longarm machines for both stand-up and sit-down quilting. Its nearly 100 employees are dedicated to creating, building, teaching and serving all quilters now and in the future.

We invite you to experience the Handi Quilter difference.

HQ Moxie

15" Longarm Quilting Machine

Now every stitch can be yours - from pieced top to finished quilt. You'll find 15 inches of free-motion freedom in the new HQ Moxie Longarm quilting machine. Forget basting with pins or cramming quilts through a domestic machine. Get to stitching quickly with straight forward features, easy-to-use controls, and the space to get creative. Quilt without qualms, adventure with attitude - that's Moxie.

The HQ Moxie is upfront-everything you need in one package. Practical features and optional accessories make this simple, spunky longarm the perfect quilting machine to customize and make your own.

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HQ Sweet Sixteen

16" Longarm Quilting Machine for SIT-DOWN USE

If you love  to free-motion quilting but struggle to fit your project in a small throat space, you're going to love the HQ Sweet Sixteen.  Sixteen inches of throat space gives you room to quilt even a king-size quilt.  The smooth surface of the included table allows your project to glide under the needle.  The powerful motor handles quilting with ease and stitches up to 1500 stitches-per-minute.  Choose your three favorite top speed settings, on the easy-to-use color touch screen and let the machine remember them.

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HQ Capri

18" Longarm Quilting Machine for SIT-DOWN USE

Imagine yourself quilting up to 2,200 stitches per minute, easily manipulating your bed-sized quilt within the roomy 18" throat space. Choose from 4-22 stitches per inch for all types of quilting motifs. The HQ InSight stitch regulator takes away the fear of finishing. The HQ Capri includes lots of light, so you can see your beautiful stitches.

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HQ Simply Sixteen

16" Longarm Quilting Machine with Little Foot Frame

Don't Let space restrictions dictate what you can create.  Combined with the HQ Little Foot frame system, the HQ Simply Sixteen enables any quilter, beginner to advance, to finish any size quilt without the space requirements of a conventional frame system.  It's simply the best solution when space is at a premium.

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HQ Avante

118 inches. An easy reach with expanded quilting possibilities.

The HQ Avante is the perfect choice for the quilter who is looking for more quilting space, but wants a machine that makes the most efficient use of a quilter's reach, the HQ Avante offers precision stitching with over 15" of quilting space.  Multiple track, table and frame options available to suit your budget.

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HQ Amara

20 inches. An easy reach with expanded quilting possibilities.

The HQ Amara Experience quality, precision, and a world of quilting possibilities. From baby quilts to king-size, the HQ Amara is the perfect fit for your style of quilting.

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HQ Forte 24

Experience quality, precision, and a world of quilting possibilities. From baby quilts to king-size, the HQ Forte is the perfect fit for your style of quilting.

HQ Infinity

Versatility and precision for a variety of styles, techniques & projects 26 inches. Takes long-arm quilting to the next level.

Adaptable, intelligent, creative, and strong. These words encompass everything that you are as a quilter. These same words perfectly describe the HQ Infinity 26. Just as you continuously evolve your quilting designs and methods, this is the machine that adapts along with you. From the flexible stitch regulation to the adjustable handlebars, every aspect of the Infinity is designed to work with you and the way you quilt. No other machine is as innovative, powerful, and feature-rich as the HQ Infinity 26. Whether you quilt for yourself or others, you deserve a quilting machine that looks as beautiful in your home as your custom quilts. Welcome to the best way to finish quilts.

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