I'm wondering how I didn't know this machine existed. It seems to have all the features I want. Bigger harp space, thread cutter, knee lift, free arm, dual feed, and it's faster then my current Singer Stylist. I just learned to sew last year, and I love my cheap little machine. It's been great, I've made clothing for my daughter and a few quilts. I've owned it for nearly a year, and never had an issue until a couple days ago the tension got wacky (it turned out to be a combination of the foot and thread I was using...putting the thread on the horizontal spool pin rather than the vertical one fixed it).
I've been looking at the Janome 6600 and 7700, and the Pfaff QE4. Last I had looked at Singers I never saw this model. It has all the features I'm looking for, for way less than the other machines I've been researching. I have heard it's basically the same thing as the Pfaff Smarter 1100. I'm not sure if that means they're manufactured by the same company or just very very similar. I have a local Singer retailer so servicing won't be an issue. Any thoughts on this machine?