We have a local business that has long arm machines for rent. I took the certification class 10 days ago and had my first rental today. My eyes were too big. I took in two baby quilts and had another as a back up. Three hours later I finished the first quilt. It was fun, but I had to keep reminding myself to relax and flow. The process is very different from moving fabric under the needle, but I found the swirls fairly easy to handle. I'm a long way from tackling feathers on this machine. I relied on the stitch regulator to keep the stitches even. I did a little ruler work. Stitching in the ditch with a ruler is much easier when the thread blends in with both fabrics!