I just wanted to post praising Sheridan Kay Quilting. She is a very customer-oriented lady and does something that no other LA vender has offered to me. She allowed me to meander a small quilt to see how I liked the machines and the process of LA quilting. She didn't charge me for this. However, after the quilt was completed, I signed up for a certification class. She will be seeing more of me. Not everyone has as long as wait as I will for their longarm so may just do quick doodling on a sample at various shops. Doing a small quilt is actually better BECAUSE you see right away how certain repetitive processes work. By actually quilting a small quilt, I now KNOW that I want electronic channel locks. This is knowledge I would not have gained from just doodling. She also walked me through the maintenance process prior to quilting, which is pretty pain free. If anyone near Hendersonville, NC plans on buying a longarm, I highly recommend checking out Sheridan's shop.
I also got the opportunity to meet the fabulous Sharon Denning! We had lunch and chatted a bit. She is lots of fun and full of great information.