Here are the best attributes of this machine: First, this is a fully mechanical machine (ie- not computerized) so I can open it up and clean it myself without needing to have it serviced. I clean my machine monthly so that saves a crazy amount of money and time. Second, it's fast and strong! I've tried many other machines and NONE of them sew as quickly or through as many thick layers. This guy is a beast! And I build corsets and tailored garments so that's just what I need. I often break needles on pins and steel boning but the machine keeps going! I service it once a year and that seems to be enough. Third: The price! This machine is basically the bridge between a home sewing machine and an industrial machine. And so, to buy an industrial machine of this caliber (which is a difficult comparison bc industrial machines are specialized so they either do straight stitch or buttonholes, etc) costs several grand. I can destroy dozens of CGs before hitting that price. You can buy a decent home sewer for about 100+ more but you won't be able to service it yourself and it won't have the same torque in the motor so it'll be slower. A home sewer might last longer than this machine but it'll cost you more in time and money. And honestly, from my experience I kill a home sewing machine in about 3-4 months, I've bought 2 of these machines in 10 years.