I have a short arm machine (Janome 1600P) on a Grace Next Generations frame. I've been reading lots lately about people not being happy with the short arm's narrow available quilting space. I can't get a longer machine right now, if ever, but I spent yesterday researching long arm machines anyway (just for fun). From what I saw, a stitch regulator seems to be pretty darn nice; Janome has a stitch regulator available for $499.00.
I have not done much practicing with the machine and I'm not any good at quilting with it -- yet. I am wondering if having a stitch regulator on the machine would make a big difference or not so much.
I appreciate whatever knowledge you share with me about it.