NORTH SALT LAKE -- Handi Quilter, Inc., the manufacturer of longarm quilting machines, frames and accessories, announced the debut of its new stitch regulator for the HQ Sweet Sixteen sit-down longarm machine, TruStitch.
The stitch regulator can be added to any HQ Sweet Sixteen (some older versions may require a software update). Its 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 quilt 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."
Handi Quilter, Inc., founded in 1997 by quilter Laurel Barrus, and headquartered in North Salt Lake, provides innovative longarm quilting machine products and education to quilters worldwide. The HQ Sweet Sixteen and TruStitch (which will be available to ship June 1) are manufactured in their plant in Utah, along with the HQ18 Avante, HQ24 Fusion, HQ Pro-Stitcher and numerous other longarm quilting frames, accessories and educational DVDs. Handi Quilter products are available at nearly 400 retail locations in the US, Canada and worldwide.