My wife was quilting for about 15 years before I started. ( A story goes along with that ). I worked in the sail locker when I was in the Navy, sewing canvas and upholstery and I know more about sewing machines than she does. She had ( and still has ) a Janome 6600 and she showed me a few things and not three months later, she bought me a 6600 of my own. We now have separate rooms where we sew and rarely use anything of each others.