I have been lurking on these boards for over a year and finally decided to join. Have learned so much from you fine quilters!! I am ready to buy a long arm. Trying to decide between two 18" machines--the Hq Avante and the new Pfaff Power Quilter/Husqvarna Viking Platinum(made by same company). Would value any opinions you have of either machines. I like that I can set the frame up in different lengths (if I understand it correctly). Inquired about a used Innova 18 but was told the machine would have to stay in the 12' length. The HQ Avante is at Texas Quilt Machines over by Houston(quiltfrog.com) Would also get a two day longarm retreat to learn to use the machine which is nice. The other is from sewingmachinesplus and would be over the internet purchase. Thanks for your help!