I cannot even begin to explain how pleased I am with this machine. I have been shopping around for a LONG time and searching what seemed like a million different forums and blogs about embroidery machines. I am so happy that I chose this machine. You get your money's worth with this machine and the stitches are impeccable! Just tried applique for the first time (first time using the machine all together) and it came out so stinkin cute! I own a own small business making baby items and would DEFINITELY recommend to someone else looking for a simple, affordable machine that has a great performance!