I bought this machine because it would allow me to design my own creations. I am also able to use artwork that I work up on my computer using software other than Pazzles’. The on board library is too simple and rather boring, although you can add your own touches to them. Their is a Pazzle's Craft Room that you can buy into. It may provide more interesting shapes. Also, this machine will save my arthritic hands from the repetitive motions of cutting cardstock, chipboard, vellum etc. with scissor, utility knifes, X-acto knives and punches that I often use to produce my art/craft. I regret that Pazzles requires users to turn the Pazzles on even when just working with their software. You are only allowed to make 5 saves with the machine turned off. I find leaving the machine on to be undue usage when I am only using the software for creating and saving to file. The unit I bought from Overstock was in a box that had been cut opened and then re-taped. All the parts, software and manual were inside the box. However there was red vinyl remnants stuck to a roller and the blade carriage. Clearly it had been used and was not band new. With my limited knowledge and by following a tutorial I was able to test the Pazzles to be sure it function correctly. I may regret not returning it if further tutorials prove that other functions are not working correctly.