I wouldn't purchase a machine with the requirement of have to take a couple of classes before getting machine. Not everyone is able to do that. When I purchased my Handi Quilter Avante, my rep came to my house, set it up, and give me a 1/2 day of lessons, which was plenty for me to begin using the machine. There is so little maintance with Handi Quilters there is no need for extended classes in their care. My main reason for purchasing the Handi Quilter was because they came to set up, gave lessons, and are always available to answer any question I may have. I had one problem with the lights on the machine, and Handi Quilter wasted no time in righting the problem. I want service and that is what I get with Handi Quilter.