I am looking to purchase a long arm for my own use and some light long arming work on the side after I get comfortable and I have a question for those of you with stitch regulation. How necessary do you think it is? I have a small budget and will likely be buying an older used machine...many of the older machines in my price range don't offer stitch regulation - and I'm thinking I'd much rather have a larger throat space to have a bigger work area and frame than the stitch regulation...but how realistic is this? I want to put out professional high quality work if I'm going to charge others for it - how do you feel about it? Do you think it's a must?