I have had my beautiful, black, shiny 160th anniversary sewing machine now for a week. It is so pretty and I really like it. It seems to be a little bit noisier that my older Singers but not enough that it bothers me. I love the 1/4" marking on the needle plate as well as the 1/4" foot. Since I do mostly quilting, I probably won't use many of the other accessories that came with this machine. The big red bag is absolutely beautiful with the big red S for Singer on it. I have tried sewing thru several thicknesses of material and I was surprised as it just went right thru without any effort at all. Then I put binding on a little sandwich piece that I had quilted and again, it sews so smoothly without any signs of laboring, etc. I am impressed so far. I noticed that it has the snap on feet feature and so I was wondering if the same snap on feet that I have for the Brother CS6000i would work so I tried and, WOW, they work perfectly. What a bonus. I really didn't need this sewing machine but I just thought it looked so cool and would be the perfect addition to my vintage Singer collection and I was not wrong. It looks so cool beside my FW, 201, 15-91, 99. So I just love this machine. My DH asked me what I wanted for Valentine's day and I told him, it was sitting on the table. I am piecing a 9 patch quilt for my grandson on it now. I just love the slick, shiny curved base so the material moves freely. On my brother sometimes the material gets caught on the extention. The box says it is metal but I think they must be talking about the internal gears as the outer shell and bobbins are plastic. Well, I just thought I would pass along my experience so far with this machine. I need to get back to work on my grandson's quilt. It is for next Christmas but I just need to get back to sewing on this machine.