There was a couple of things that made me finally decide on this chap:
- Cost - Handiquilter have the most reasonably priced longarms on the market that I could find.
- Stitch regulation (or not - you can turn it off) - the stitch regulation works like a dream - it doesn't even compare to my BSR foot.
- 24" throat - which only gives you a 20" working space - the Avante only has a 15" workspace and I wanted to ensure I had the most space I could possibly afford.
I have had a memorial quilt folded up & waiting to be quilted for some time now. I was just dreading quilting the size of the quilt (Queen) under Bernie - I feel like I'm fighting these quilts. I know that my free motion skills are improving but the whole dragging, pushing etc defeats my energy supplies and will to quilt before I even sit down. I also want to make many more of these memorial quilts for families and for me to do that the quilting process will sometimes have to be quicker.
Wish me luck - I'm totally intimidated.