Which is a better machine ?

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kondras posted on Sat, Jul 15 2017 9:07 AM

Looking at buying a quilting machine. Looking at the Brother 15 DQLT15 and Dream frame

or the Handi Quilter Simply sixteen wth the HQ Little foot frame.  Not much difference in price.

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Ramona replied on Tue, Jul 25 2017 3:24 PM


I am not familiar with the Brother machine you mentioned but I know several people who have a Handi Quilt 16 and they have loved it and have had little if no issues with it. As for the frame...you need to consider the size of quilts you make. 


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Rhonda replied on Tue, Jul 25 2017 6:22 PM

I love my sweet sixteen!  What Inspired Me to Write Our Family Quilt and become a quilting artist


My family and friends, trips to the mountains, baking apple crisps, and quilting.  Everyday experiences nurtured and inspired me to write Our Family Quilt.

Whether I am quilting, writing a book, an article or a blog, it never just happens. It takes experiences, adventures, love, encouragement and support from family and friends.


Our Family Quilt didn’t begin when I sat at my laptop.  A tiny seed was planted in my writing soul when my mom, started me on my sewing journey. A box of scraps of material inspired my first try at putting bits and pieces together to create something new.  A Christmas sewing basket with little scissors, thread, pins and buttons is still treasured. My grandma, gave me her sewing machine she used since the 1930’s. I remember the moment she gave me the machine and tried to weave it into my book. On my thirteenth birthday, my parents gave me a Sears Kenmore that went forward and reverse (which I took with me when I got married, sewed little-boy blankets, and used until it would sew no more). It was those memories I put into words.


Once I was married my husband became my creative sounding board, patiently listening as I created with words, pins and thread. Supporting me with many adventures to fill up pages.


While I was raising children, teaching, and writing articles an idea for a book started brewing. My life supplied the inspiration.  I developed the prologue and the epilogue. I also knew from beginning to end the journey I wanted to take the characters on.  I knew how to sew but not quilt -which was critical in the story. 


I walked into my friend’s office, who quilted, and asked her to give me enough information so I could write my book.


With a happy heart, she took me into my first quilting class and I was off on another adventure.  I went to quilting shows learning everything I could. I joined a quilting guild, listening to all their inspiring speakers and meeting encouraging quilters. I bought quilting magazines and books. As we traveled we stopped at each quilting shop along the way.  As I absorbed new experiences, I became inspired to add a different dimension to both my quilting and my book.


I not only finished the book but fell in love with the art of quilting.  The needle became my pen and the thread my ink. As I wrote about Grace, a master quilter, -as she shared her creative gifts with her young granddaughter, Audrey. I was thinking about sewing with my mom.

As I wrote about their lives unfolding around their family quilt.  The love between grandmother and granddaughter was a mirror of my love for my grandmother.


Each memory you create today becomes a springboard for future creativity. 


As you read about Grace and Audrey, may it inspire a memory for you to use as your own creative springboard.  So you too, may piece together your own family quilt.


Rhonda Cratty

To read: Our Family Quilt: The Fabric of Life visit Amazon.com.

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ls2116 replied on Tue, Jul 25 2017 10:35 PM

i 'll say any machine you try before you buy.  Also one that doesn't stay in the box because your not sure how to use it. i also think the machine that you have classes and are able to attend them.  Harp size is important for quilters unless your thinking of a long arm machine.  good luck choosing your perfect machine for you.

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