It's pretty. It's quiet. It's strong. I love sewing with this machine. It is a high shank machine. The feed dogs drop. The foot does not lift all that high and I did have some trouble getting thick layers under the foot. Then I tried dropping the feed dogs, placing my item under the foot and popping the feed dogs back up. Worked like a charm. The machine is so smooth. It is a bit awkward locking the ZZ in place. It is a left homing needle which is odd, I think. Despite ALL OF THAT, I love this machine. It weighs a ton. And absolute ton.