I love this machine- this was the first machine I have ever bought (I have been given many.) It was SO easy to learn to use, I was making a quilt within hours of learning. The instructions are clear- it has an easy threader (YES!!), and so many cute stitches. I have not had any problems with it since my purchase. I love it immensely. Stitch Performance I can only give this an 8 if I am COMPLETELY honest. I don't care about a missed stitch, which is good- because many of my quilts have missed stitches. Especially when I am trying some of the fancier stitches, this may be user error, I am not the best quilter. Ease of Use This machine is beyond easy to use, the instructions are clear. I even found a PDF version of the instructions for my iPad. I primarily use this machine for making quilts. I should have thought about this, I wish the work area was larger. Fabric Handling This machine handles light fabrics very well. This machine struggles with large and heavy items- and starts to pull a bit. You just have to sew very slow. I run into this when I am finishing a quilt. Versatility I have made three years of halloween costumes on this machine, toddler clothes, stuffed animals, tons of quilts, hemmed pants for my hubby! You can do anything with this machine. Very versatile for a versatile sewer. Design This brother has an easy simple design. The stitch function makes it easy to change between stitches. Needles are easy to change. Durability This machine is very durable- I have used it for everything. I have never put this machine through EXTREME torture- but I have sewed heavy outdoor canvas and this machine did great!