I've had my Q'nique now for a few weeks and we are getting along just fine.
The Q'nique 14+ is a quilting machine made by the Grace Company. It has almost 15" of quilting space hence it is called the 14+.
My set up before I got this machine was a Janome 1600P on a queen Gracie frame. The Q'nique was designed to go on the Grace frame and to get the 14+ to sit on the frame, the professional carriage is required. Luckily I had this. The top section with the handles comes off and then encoders are added.
My husband, who is an engineer was able to do this with ease.
I would not have been able to do this myself but customer support has been fantastic.
At this point I should say I live in the UK and bought my machine from The Cotton Patch who are situated in Birmingham. Geoff and the team have been great as regards to follow up calls, making sure everything is ok.
You can also chat live online. to the guys from The Grace co, which is great.
Now back to the machine, I don't really know where to start. the best thing has to be the huge arm space. After 2 years of working within a 7" or less space, it is a massive luxury to have this extra space and is the main reason the machine was bought.
I am using the precise regulated for designs like feathers but I also like the manual mode for doing designs like pebbling or stippling.
Another feature I love is the counter. the machine records how many stitches and also how many hours quilting for each quilt or piece of work. this can be reset for each project.
It also has a counter for the total stitches and time worked on the machine, this cannot be reset.
I love the big bobbins, they last a long time.
I have had a few tension issues but have been able to resolve them myself. I've discovered that the machine can be a bit fussy with the threads it likes. It does not like the poly core quilting thread I was using. Too linty. Tried a 100% polyester thread and it was fine.
Coming in at around £4250 in the UK, this machine is affordable. £10,000 for a long arm was NEVER going to be an option for me unless I won the lottery.
I am truly happy with the Q'nique and would recommend it to anyone.
Here are some samples of my quilting done with the Q'nique so far.
If you are thinking of buying a Q'nique, go and try one. If you are a quilter like me, you will love it!!