Now that I’ve had a chance to quilt a few quilts on Friday, my new HQ Forte Long Arm, I thought I’d share some of the things I’m loving about it.
First off, HQ has re-engineered the ruler base system. It is MUCH improved!
This Sure Foot didn’t come with the machine, but I purchased it at the same time. It is a much improved version of the basic ruler foot. I love this! The rulers and templates are much less likely to slide under or over the foot.
I also love the new handlebars. They may look odd in this photo, but it shows that they can be adjusted and repositioned independently of one another.
I didn’t take a photo, but the lighting is much better as well. Automatic tie off is another feature that I’ve really come to enjoy. I contacted HQ and asked if they had an adaptor for the Forte so pattern boards can be used. They said not yet. I was bummed. But I decided to take a closer look and it turns out that the adaptor from my Avante fits just fine!
I used to frequently outrun the stitch regulator on my Avante. Not anymore! We had a bit of a rough start waiting for parts, but I’m happy to say we are becoming good friends.
Have a great day!