This machine was purchased as a gift for my wife She had been looking at machines with similar features but at three times the price. The machine had all of the stitches she wanted and the slide bar speed control was a feature she really liked. The Janome company is well respected and solid. The machine arrived well packaged to prevent damage. Be careful the owner's manual was placed under the bottom packing material and almost got thrown away with the box. Wonderful machine, wonderful service, wonderful price.