I had outgrown the Singer machine I bought just a few months ago to replace my 20 year-old Kenmore machine, and I was looking for something that would be as much of a workhorse as my old Kenmore but with the modern features of the Singer. Granted, I had to pay the price to get it, but this machine is exactly what I wanted. I doubt that I will ever truly have a need for many of the decorative stitches this machine offers, but it's nice to know they are available. I primarily sew apparel, particularly suit jackets and tailored business clothing, so features like automatic buttonholes, the ability to adjust presser foot pressure (in order to sew thin lining fabrics and even tissue-weight knits), and the power to sew through heavy wool and tweed fabrics without bogging down are a must. I also appreciate the automatic thread tension feature, the large and comfortable foot pedal, and the clear LCD display. Other features like the automatic needle threader and thread trimmer are nice, but not essential so I don't bother with either of them. The built-in storage unit that keeps all the extra feet and small odds and ends neat and organized is one example of this machine's thoughtful design, as is the threading diagram with numbered points printed right on the machine (especially helpful during the "getting to know you" phase!). But truly, the best part is that this machine is substantial and sturdy, and is capable of handling fabrics from the thinnest and most slippery satin to jacket-weight faux leather, and everything in between. I anticipate that we will have a very happy partnership for many years to come.