Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Handi Quilter Avante Long Arm Machine


My new HandiQuilter Avante long arm machine.  This machine is made in the USA. It is 8 feet wide!  The wheels are already turning in my head as to what I am going to create!  I wonder how fast it will sew a zipper onto a quilt?  This is the Grand Prize from the Alliance for American Quilts contest 2011, where my art quilt "Soul Sisters" was voted on by the membership.  Now would be a good time to join this organization, so you will be ready to make your entry for 2012, after the announcement is made later this year.  Scott Noble of Sew Vac Ltd in Long Beach came to my studio to set up the machine.
Barbie, my muse sitting on the crowning glory in my studio!  I have dreamed of owning a long arm machine!

My Bernina has been moved to the other wall to make room for the long arm!

6 comments:

  1. What a great prize. You're going to love having the HQ. Your production is going to go through the roof. Congrats!

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  2. That is so exciting. Someday I would love to have a long arm... I have gotten to use one a couple of times... Happy quilting!

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  3. Amazing!! What an awesome prize! You are going to have fun on that! :)

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  4. Great prize, well deserved. I have the 12' version and wish I had the 8 - it's big enough! Anyway, lucky lucky you, you will love this well designed, reliable, easy to use machine. May I rec you invest in micro handles. Makes fine intricate work much easier.

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  5. LUCKY DUCKY you! Congratulations and well deserved :o)

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  6. Awesome to win the Alliance Contest two years in a row. You will have fun with your new TOY. We'll see the next creation in 2012, I'm sure

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