After posting about the new quilting frame I got asked how I chose the one I did.
That part was actually fairly easy. The shop I have rented the long arm at is a Husqavarna & Baby Lock dealer.
I chose a newer version of the frame I'd used at the shop because I knew both how and that I could load and use it; it's 118" long-big enough for a king but not a super/cali king; it was on sale and it would be able to hold a long arm machine if I can ever afford one. So that was pretty easy in terms of choosing it. It's the Imperial Quilting Frame from Inspira, which is from the Grace Co.
The machine is a similar story. I went with the Baby Lock Quilter's Choice Professional. It has a wider throat space then most domestic machines, can do a straight stitch like no one's business, had an automatic scissors function and again was on sale, this time as a floor model clearance. So it was on sale a LOT. It is also a model that either the shop or the manufacturer isn't making/carrying anymore, I can't actually remember which. The table is detachable so is put away while it's on the frame.
And if I do ever get that long arm, this will make a rockin sewing machine to replace my waaaaay overworked little Husky Star that I currently sew on.