As part of my quest for a sit-down long-arm, I added a post to a Wanted thread in the HandiQuilter's Sweet 16 forum. I received an email response from a lovely lady who has one to sell. After several good email conversations between us, I have agreed to purchase it!! She has allowed me to share her pictures.
She bought this machine only a year ago, so it is near new condition, and still under the manufacture's warranty. She is selling it because she has gone back to work full time, and so this machine sits unused most of the time. The stitch count is 800K, which equates to 6 or 7 quilts, plus lots of practice time.
She has bought some extras that are included in the purchase as well. You can see the Q-snap rails on the table, as well as the other accessories shown in one of the photos.
The time it took between my initial Want Ad post, and the decision to buy this unit was only a few days. I really liked this seller, and thought her machine is the best scenario I could hope for when looking for a used one. I know there were other interested parties to her machine, so I had to decide quick before someone else did. Now I can cancel my shopping trip to the Baby Lock dealer this week.
|Extras to be included!|
This machine is in California and I am in Virginia, so once we finalize the details, it will take about a week to get here via UPS. To sweeten the deal, this seller is covering the shipping and insurance costs as well. Gotta love that!
|Almost all packed for a trip to the east coast!|
There are a couple things I'm considering purchasing for this machine:
- The Table Overlay. I thought the fabric didn't always glide the smoothest across the table when I tried the machine before. I've read that users love this accessory for that reason.
- The TruStitch Regulator. Not cheap. Because this machine shipped before April 2012, it requires a (free) factory-installed upgrade to support it. The HQ dealer is not super-close to me either. I may wait until the next quilt show comes around and see if I can get a good price then.
|HandiQuilter TruStitch Regulator|
Santa did come early for me this year. I'm looking forward to having my Sweetness arrive!