Friday, My HQ Forte

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!

About katyquilts

I am a wife, mom of four amazing kids, and a librarian. I have been making traditional quilts for ages but have ventured into art qulting in the last several years. I also love to knit socks and mittens and dye my own fabric. I am thankful to God my Father and Creator for the gift of creativity!
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5 Responses to Friday, My HQ Forte

  1. So glad to hear that you’re up and running. Have fun playing.

  2. What a relief to be operational again! Can’t wait to see how you quilted your yellow and white quilt! What did you decide to do in the white spaces?

  3. Viv P. says:

    Glad that you are happy with your new Long arm machine. Soon you will be very comfortable using it and just zip thru the quilts.

  4. Val W. says:

    I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

  5. Good to see Friday settling in so comfortably in his new space. Glad you are enjoying getting to know one another. Happy that we get to see the lovely results!

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