Well,I did it!! Yesterday I purchased a Babylock Crown Jewl. Get it on September 1. Was looking at HQ Avante and found out they are identical machines made by Handiquilter. I liked the pearl frame that came with the Crown Jewel better. I get a 2 day longarm training retreat from Texas Quilt Machines. I have only been quilting for 2 years (actually piecing the tops). I calculated how much I have spent on sending the tops out plus what I will have finished by the end of this year and it came to a little over $2,000!! I thought long and hard about purchasing a longarm and I know I will have a huge learning curve. Texas Quilt Machines said I will know how to operate my machine after the two full day classes. They cover a lot. I love quilting and now look forward to doing the entire quilts myself.