On a whim, I started searching on craigslist for a "new" machine. That is when I found Hope. Yep, I named her Hope because I hope to improve my longarm skills on her. I figure the cost of buying this set up less what I will sell my Voyager for is about the same as what the upgraded electronics would have cost.
The system I bought had the upgrade rails & poles along with the base cabinet system. While it is a bit taller overall that I am used to, I am liking seeing the stitching without bending over as much. I know, an adjustable studio table would have solved this but the storage underneath is just awesome!
I did end up replacing the front handles so I could have the tilt screen on it. The original set had a screen but it faced up and I couldn't see it without getting a stool to stand on. I also upgraded the carriage tracks and wheels. It had the original plastic tracks with a few wear spots on them. Changing the plastic out to a metal track just made sense, especially since the table rails were already done.
I am enjoying this new system. So far, so good. I think I'll be sticking with this set up for a long time to come. Plus, the folks at HandiQuilter have been terrific to deal with - from the sales to the support people. I am super pleased with my dealings and would recommend them to anyone looking to buy a HandiQuilter machine.
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