I had been checking out long-arm machines for a while and was having a hard time justifying the cost. Well, this past weekend, DH and I stopped by one of our local Jo-Ann's to speak to the manager of the Viking Gallery, with whom I have had many transactions, about the 5D software.
While there, I asked about the holiday deals I had seen advertised and was thrilled to find out that the stores were selling off all their Mega Quilter 18.8 floor models, along with the Q-Bot systems.
I was able to get the complete set-up for a little over half of what I had seen elsewhere. Sure, I would have loved one of the new software packages, but $1700 for the Q-Bot versus $6000 for the Quilt Artist made it an easy decision :-) Plus, I still get the full warranty :thumbup: