I wanted to be able to machine quilt my tops...I saw the Juki 98Q at a quilt show but did not try it out. I kept looking at them off and on for while, then I got serious and started doing research. I joined a Juki group on yahoo and read and read and read the messages. There were problems of course, but 99% were operator error. Most times it was a simple solution that they had overlooked. I still had a hard time thinking about spending that much money on a straight-stitch only machine. I finally took the plunge and bought one, never having even sewn a single stitch on one. I LOVE that machine...it has the best foot pedal I have ever used. Sure I can go FAST, but it is also very sensitive and I can go just as slow as I want. The needle threader did take some getting used to for me...but I was used to my Pfaff and it works sort of the opposite. I have small-medium sized hands and never have any problems getting the bobbin out. I did break the take up spring first thing, but was able to replace it myself. Also on yahoo groups, one the guys is a dealer/and can service them and I have 'seen' him walk others through timing their own machines without having to take it to be serviced. It is without a doubt the best investment I ever made for my quilting. I just recently quilted a quilt that was 90 inch square quilt on it...I quilt at a desk that I have it lowered into. I have a Viking #1 and a Pfaff Tiptronic 1171, and I didn't think I would ever give up my Pfaff to put on the binding but the last two quilts I have used my Juki 98Q with the walking foot and it has did just fine. I see others on the group have some problems with tension/thread but so far, the only problem I have found is I can not free motion quilt with JP Coats thread...I can sew regular just fine with it. I do my piecing on this machine as well..