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New HandiQuilter Longarm Quilt Machine

on Nov 10, 2015 in Blog, quilting | 2 comments

Handi Quilter Avante 18 | ReannaLily Designs | Jen EskridgeA new-to-me Longarm Quilting Machine lives in my house!

Let me tell you a crazy story about how I came upon a HandiQuilter Longarm Quilting Machine in my formal dining room….

As you might know, my mom has this same machine at her house. It is a wonderful machine and one I had researched quite a bit to think “Maybe, just maybe, I need one, too.”

In October I traveled to Wichita, KS. At the WMQG guild meeting a member mentioned that she was selling her longarm machine. In the back of my mind I think “Oh, that is cool. I wonder what she has?”

So the guild member stayed and was in my afternoon Hexagons Made Easy workshop. I talked with her more. “Oh, it is a HandiQuilter.” and “Oh, it is only a year old?” quickly turned into “When can I pick it up and how will it fit in my van?” Really, she could have any machine in the world, but it happened to be the one I researched, saved for and had on my “someday” list. It was FATE!

Workshop on Saturday. Drive to her house Sunday. She and her wonderful husband helped load it in the my van!! It really happened that fast!

Handi Quilter Avante 18 | ReannaLily Designs | Jen Eskridge

Here’s where the story takes a turn. All the research I did in a “someday, maybe” kind of way was for a 10′ table. A 10′ table would pretty much fit in my front dining room. (As if we’d ever actually eat in a formal dining room.) The quilt machine I brought home was a 12′ table.

I spent a little time thinking I’d have to resell a machine that I never used… SHOOT. A TWELVE FOOT TABLE in a 9′ room. SHOOT.

I called a local dealer who told me I would need to purchase a 10′ frame for the machine, but the machine would be fine with the additional costs. Hum… I hadn’t really wanted an additional cost. SO I called a different dealer. The second dealer was so nice and said very casually, “Aren’t those frames built in sections? Could you just set it up as an 8′ table, using two of the three 4-foot sections?” OH MAN. She changed my life.Handi Quilter Avante 18 | ReannaLily Designs | Jen Eskridge

See the extra pieces over in the corner there? If I do ever end up selling the machine or move (in a long time from now), I have everything to get it to a 12′ table.
Handi Quilter Avante 18 | ReannaLily Designs | Jen Eskridge

For now, though, I have this fabulous longarm quilt machine that can handle up to an 84″ quilt. I suppose it will be less when I take that ruler base for a test drive. -more on that later – Anywho, most of my “big” quilts are 70″ – 75″ on the short side so this is going to be perfect. Get ready for a blog filled with all sorts of quilty trials and tests.

Handi Quilter Avante 18 | ReannaLily Designs | Jen Eskridge



  1. Congratulations!! You are going to have so much fun.

    Shirley Beaupre

    November 10, 2015

  2. Jealous.


    November 10, 2015

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