This is an awesome sewing machine. HV makes machines that last. I have had mine since 2004. Just last week I had it in for repair. The "head" needed to be replaced and it was still under warranty! I am an avid sewer and quilter so my machine gets a workout. There are so many features on this machine that have me totally spoiled that when I use someone else's machine I feel lost with out them. Stitch Performance There are so many stitches available on this machine. Plus the size and width of stitches makes it even that much greater. I machine applique on my quilts alot and the stitches are consistently even, I never have a problem with the tension. There is even a place for you to program your favor stitches. Ease of Use With a few basic lessons you will uncover so much more than just basic sewing. This is an embroidery machine as well. There are a million different attachments, alot of which comes with your machine that make this machine an absolute treasure. Fabric Handling from leather, to blue jeans, to 100% cotton, to silk, plastic, and lace, this machine can do anything. It amazes me every time. Versatility It goes from sewing the canvas on my husband's boat to sewing a lace christening bonnet for my new niece. Then just switch over to the embroidery. Design My only two complaints are these. I wish it had a wider throat. As I said I quilt alot so getting something bigger than a twin size quilt in there is hard. The other design flaw is the top thread cover. They use plastic to cover the metal arms. Over time the plastic just cracks and then the cover is no good. This is not covered under warranty. It also helps keep the machine clean. Durability Like I said earlier I've had it since 2004 and it is a work horse. I have put thousands of sewing hours on this machine and with an annual cleaning from my authorized Viking dealer it still runs like it did since I first purchased it.