I finally did it! I purchased an Innova sit down quilting machine!
I've wanted to be able to quilt without wrestling with my quilts for a long time. A few years ago, I bought a Bernina 820. I'm a dyed in the wool Bernina fan, and I thought that machine was exactly what I needed and had coveted it for a couple of years. It had the larger throat space that I wanted. But I couldn't change the bobbin thread and bobbin tension easily. I was so frustrated by the inability to quickly and easily change the bobbin threads and bobbin tension that I sold it to a friend of mine who doesn't change thread in the bobbin all the time like I do. She's much happier with the machine.
Since then, I've looked at several models of sewing machines with larger throat space, but they were mostly more sewing machine that what I wanted. Then gradually a lot of companies started coming out with mid-arm quilting machines. For quilters like me.
I know so many people that love their Innova long arm machines, and I heard testimonials from quite a few people who now use the Innova sit down model. So when the local dealer was at our quilt show, I tried it out and loved it. I knew it was just what I wanted!
I love it and I hope you will too!