I am 68 years old and have sewn since I was a child. I bought my Artista 730 after not sewing for many years. With this machine I started quilting and using machine applique and embroidery with my quilting. I live in a rather remote area so have had to teach myself more than not. My husband bought me 880 so between the two machines I am pretty well equip ted. I get an immense amount of joy sewing for others.