Laurel Barrus, founder of Handi Quilter, had the idea for the “Handi Quilter” portable frame when she was looking for a way to take a portable machine quilting frame to her family cabin. When her friends saw the portable, adjustable frame she had created, they wanted one too! Working with several suppliers, Laurel produced a prototype and took it to the International Quilt Festival in Houston. On the first day of the festival, she called her fabricators and told them she had enough orders to keep them busy until Christmas.
In 2010, Handi Quilter became the only longarm quilting machine company to achieve worldwide safety and electrical certificates for their quilting machines and systems, allowing HQ to expand to more than 700 worldwide independent retail locations. Today, Handi Quilter continues to lead the quilting industry, following Laurel’s vision – “Designed by a Quilter, for Quilters”®.
Tops Vacuum & Sewing is proud to be a Top 25 US Handi Quilter Retailer for 2016! We couldn’t have achieved this honor without the help of our partners at HQ, as well as our valuable customers who appreciate the quality of high-end quilting equipment, software, and accessories. We’re looking forward to continuing this tradition with Handi Quilter for many years to come!