I got this Bernina sewing machine for christmas when I was 17 years old. I took it to college with me and used it in my fashion classes and sewed literally hundreds of garments for 4 years. It has been ten years since I got this machine and it still works like a dream. It is quiet and extremely hardy. I never really use any of the embroidery or trim options because I don't really like them style wise they are kinda dated. The variety of speeds you get with the peddle its pretty great if you are a perfectionist and also the hands free handle is pretty convenient. I hate how heavy this machine is! I am a tiny woman and lugging this around kills my back. I just wish it was lighter! other than that I love it!