I received the machine by UPS yesterday, and it sews beautifully. Its stitches are light-years ahead of my Brother 270D machine, which I now think I'll put on eBay. I purchased the MC 3000 as my traveling machine; I also have a Janome MC 4900QC that lives at home and a 204D Janome serger. I love all my Janomes, but the Brother must go. If anyone has an interest in purchasing my Brother 270D (which is great as an embroidery machine), just let me know. I no longer need it for sewing, and I rarely use it for embroidery. Just no interest in the embroidery.