JANOME!!!! I've had 3 Janomes and have had no problems. I didn't have to replace them--just kept trading up. I have 4 hoops for mine ranging from the tiny 2x2 one all the way up to the giga-hoop. It's nice to have, even though I seldom use it. They were doing some kind of package promotion when I got the machine and it was thrown in for free, along with a couple of boxes of Janome thread. I use mine to embroider quilt blocks and find that the 5 x 7 hoop is the one I use the most. I am currently working on 2 applique quilts. One's a canning/fruit jar theme and the other is Little Ponies for my DGD. Stitches are flawless and I love my machine!