i got this machine about a month ago. i traded up from a pfaff ambition 1.0. a thread cutter was important to me because i started to work on whole quilt applique.
this machine has speed (1200 spm. faster than the bernina 820) and is strong. there are other great features like, a leg lift, 9mm stitches, built in walking foot, bright led lights, thread cutter, needle up down via foot pedal, and a full stitch manipulation... mirror, flip, lengthen.
when i bought mine the "quilters tool box" was a free gift. it came with some great quilting feet and a huge table.
the machine does everything it claims to do. and does it well.
i love decorative stitches, and this machine makes great dense ones. i had to tinker with the stitch balance but, now they are perfect.
the bobbin is a nice front loading one.
the only issue ive had is the low bobbin light sometime does not come on. mostly due to fuzz/lint in the bobbin area.
ill add more as i have the machine longer.