There are several reasons that I've wanted one. The overriding reason is that in my working with hundreds of companies, investment always follows the new product/product-line.
Initially, they all say they will continue to support the old product. But, the old product becomes a "legacy" product with little or no enhancements. And eventually all support is removed. [Note: this is not a statement on Innova's direction, but only reflects my experience.]
That places us in an interesting position. Our business is heavily invested in our Innova AutoPilot Mach 3 Training materials. Originally, we had planned for just an Advanced Self-Study Workbook. That was quickly followed with 4 hours of step-by-step videos. And, that in turn was followed by our digital design book - Be Creative With Your Mach 3 self-study workbook and corresponding video.
How does this fit in with my previous statements? We need to have our materials reflect the current machines: the M-Series. Thus, we need a M-Series to test against as well as the standard Innova.
Is There More?
Additionally, I have been wanting to create a training material on Grand Format Embroidery [GFE]. Both of our machines are equipped with GFE. This is one area where having both machines is important because GFE works slightly differently on both machines.
Is That All?
No, that's not all, folks! The M-24 is surprisingly fast! It runs at 3,000 stitches per inch. The standard Innova also is rated at the same speed, but the way in which it runs is surprisingly fast!
And, quiet! When you have two longarms running all the time, as we do, it is important to keep the noise down.
Those are the main reasons, there are many more, but my purpose is not to provide you with a laundry list, but to give you an understanding of what we are up to and where we are going.
We also wanted to share our enthusiasm with you.