I've had this sewing/embroidery machine for a few years now. It works wonderfully! It can handle heavy fabrics and still sews like a dream! It has an easy to read instruction manual and is very easy to use. I really enjoy the computerized settings, as I can spend less time adjusting the tension and stitch lenghth. You can, ofcourse, set them manually as well, and this is necessary in some instances. After all, it is just a computer. I also enjoy that it tells me which presser foot to put on for each stitch. Less time searching a manual! This machine also embroiders beautifully! I haven't done as much with this feature, I use the machine more for sewing. I have used the machine to make many projects, from sofa slipcovers to roman shades to baby blankets. This machine has thread cutters on it, one near the bobbin, one behind the needle, and one by the bobbin winder. I absolutely love these! No more searching for the scissors to cut your thread! This machine has been a dream come true for me.