A press relase just crossed my screen that had me saying, “But of course!”
The HQ Sweet Sixteen is a sitdown longarm machine which allows anyone with three square feet of space the luxury (many of us would say necessity!) of having a dedicated quilting machine made for the purpose.
And now with TruStitch hitting the scene, the HQ Sweet Sixteen can make even a beginning quilter look like a pro in short order. When starting off, most beginning machine quilters wrestle with both moving the quilt to create the design plus, at the same time, maintaining the right speed to keep stitches regulator. A stitch regulator ensures those beautiful, even stitches, so the quilter can concentrate on the design.
Here’s the press release. Note that the TruStitch will be available June 1.
Handi Quilter Announces Launch of TruStitch Stitch Regulation
North Salt Lake, Utah, April 27, 2012 – Handi Quilter, Inc., the top-selling manufacturer of longarm quilting machines, frames and accessories, announced the debut of their new stitch regulator for the HQ Sweet Sixteen® sit-down longarm machine, TruStitch™. The easy-to-use stitch regulator can be added to any HQ Sweet Sixteen (some older versions may require a software update). Its innovative design, which provides programmable, equal-length stitches to enhance the free-motion quilting experience, is patent-pending.
“TruStitch raises the bar for a quilter’s enjoyment and her goal of achieving perfect quilting stitches on the HQ Sweet Sixteen machine,” said Mark Hyland, Handi Quilter CEO. “The sit-down quilter can now achieve the same perfect even-length stitches that have been offered on all of our stand-up machines. With help from the quilter, our engineers have designed a system that allows the user to have full visibility of her quilting at all times.”
TruStitch features four basic components, the controller, which is held under the quilt, reading the movement of the quilter’s hands across the table; the receiver, which translates the motion into even stitches; the magnet, which allows a quilter to operate the system “hands-free” and the coaster, which makes quilting borders easy. “Quilters are going to love the flexibility and precision that the TruStitch stitch-regulation system offers them,” said Handi Quilter’s Director of Marketing, Brenda Groelz. “Whether an absolute beginner, or an advanced quilter who doesn’t want to have to worry about her stitch length, this system takes free-motion quilting on the HQ Sweet Sixteen to a new level.”