This is nothing like a regular stand-up long arm machine in which you move the machine to make the quilting stitches or you can set it to use a pantogram and it quilts all by itself. On a regular long arm, which is huge and takes up a whole room, the whole quilt is attached to a frame. On my new machine it is like free motion quilting with any domestic sewing machine. You still have to move the quilt around under the machine, it's just that you have more room. I like to describe free-motion quilting to the uninitiated like this. Imagine that someone is holding a pencil straight up and down and you are moving your paper under that pencil to get your drawing. You have to coordinate how fast you move the quilt with how hard you push down on the foot pedal. Move too fast and you get big galloping stitches, too slow and you get tiny, tiny stitches. You want to strive for consistent stitch length (a quilt judges's favorite comment).
Soooo... I ordered one at Houston and it arrived the other day. Today I had two strong young men carry the desk and a filing cabinet out of the studio and into my car to go to Good Will and move my new table and machine in place. It is in front of a window and looks like it was always there.
The sales rep from the Quilt Basket in Pawling, NY is coming over in a couple of weeks to set it all up for me and show me the ins and outs of it all. The threading and the bobbin are a little different that my Bernina and I sure don't want to screw it up. I don't have a big quilt to quilt right now so I certainly can wait and in the meantime I can admire it and dream of happy quilting sessions.