I'm just a beginner with the longarm and I'm not very smooth yet, but every stitch I make gives me experience. I'm trying a few new things on this one, including creating the loopy figure eight filled quilted inner border. Getting evenly spaced lines is a challenge, but I'm really trying to focus on the gaining experience part. I'm still surprised that getting consistent curves can be difficult...seeing around the hopper foot and the tendency for the machine (it's got to be the machine and not the operator, right???) to mysteriously go straight when my mind says to curve...and then don't talk to me about stitching a straight line when I want them. My acrylic ruler has become my best friend.