Great Qnique Quilter Review !

by The Grace Company, October 2, 2015

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Review of Q’nique Quilting Machine.

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 have my frame set up to work from the front as I only do freehand work, no pantos.

The controls are at your finger tips in the handles which are at comfortable angle and you can see all your settings on this screen. There are 4 different sewing modes. I am using the precise regulated for designs like feathers but I also like the manual mode for doing designs like pebbling or stippling.

It also has a counter for the total stitches and time worked on the machine, this cannot be reset.

The bobbin winder is a separate motor and winds the big M class bobbins within 30 seconds! I love the big bobbins, they last a long time.

The bobbin area itself is easily accessible for cleaning with no lids to remove.  It is quick and easy.  I use a soft, long handled artists brush to clean out the lint.

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!!
Credit goes to:
Rhianon Taylor


    • Sherri Hudson
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    • October 4, 2015

    Thank you for your comments about the Q'nique! I loved that you sent pictures too and it seems to be a perfect way to go between the home and professional machines - I'm looking forward to mine to come in another 6 weeks or so!! I can't wait!

      • Mark Martin
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      • October 7, 2015

      Hello Sherri, You are welcome. Please let me know if you should have any other questions.

    • Sharlene
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    • October 10, 2015

    This review is wonderful, I purchased the Q'nique machine about a month ago and I love it it is a fantastic machine!!!

      • Mark Martin
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      • October 20, 2015

      Hello Sharlene, I am very happy to hear that. Glad you are enjoying this great new machine. Make many quilts and have fun doing so.

    • Kathy gillard
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    • November 18, 2015

    I am new to quilting, I would. Like to say the quilts on here are amazing. I bought the qnique 14 about a year ago my quilting look nothing like the ones I see on here so I thought I just need more practice. I couldn't figure out the tension for nothing. Kept trying finally I came to this site hoping to see if anyone was having the same problems. Some one did the bobbin so I called the grace company. Amazing customer services. Troubled shooted my problems sent me a new bobbin case. It arrived the next day. Unbelievable service and now my machine is everything I expected it to be. My only regret is I should have called the grace company sooner rather than trying to figure it out on my own. Thank you Maria you were short handed the day I called yet you took care of me.

      • Mark Martin
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      • November 23, 2015

      Hello Kathy, Thank you for those kind words. It is always good to hear both great news and bad news. I say bad news because not one product is going to be perfect so when there are problems it is good to know so we can fix them and make it better. Customer service is a lost art except with the Grace Company. As you put it we made sure you were taken care of and that is what we are all about. I am very happy to hear that the Qnique machine is working the way you thought it should. I hope you make many quilts on it and if you can will you please post them on the Qnique Facebook page.

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