I bought this machine 3 years ago after suffering with a Kenmore for about 30 years. I love this machine. It is the best overall beginning machine, as the beginner can grow into it. The machine does many other things and I even use it for quilting and decorative stitches. I am now in the market for an upgraded quilting machine, and will choose Janome. Most likely the 6600. Janome is so user friendly. Totally a workhorse.