My husband and mother went together for my Christmas gift a couple of years ago to get me a sewing machine. I wanted a sewing machine, but wasn't sure which brand would be better. After much research my Mom decided Pfaff was the way to go. All of her research was correct! I LOVE my machine. It is very easy to use. I can sew curtains, quilts or dresses for my daughter. It is super simple to change needles and settings. One of the most notable thing to mention about this machine is that changing the thread is quite uncomplicated. It has a large variety of stitches and an easy guide right on the machine to help you figure out the proper stitch for the project you are working on. I would highly recommend this sewing machine to anyone from beginner to expert. Pfaff customer service is wonderful. My alignment was off and they walked me through the process of getting everything back in line.