The thing I like most about this machine is it truly does everything well. When I purchased the machine I didn't trade anything in, I thought I'd use the DreamWeaver mainly for embroidery, but I find myself pretty much just using it for everything.
I don't baby my machines, they are tools for me. I frequently sew and embroider denim and silks, one right after the other, this machine has never been finicky about it. In the past I had used my Pfaff for heavier things and my Babylock the lighter, just because the machines each were better suited for the work. I love knowing one machine can handle it.
Stitch quality is beautiful and consistent.
I also find myself doing more garment sewing and quilting. Being able to sew with the embroidery arm attached makes it very easy for me to pick up a project and work on it for a few minutes without the hassle of doing more than changing the presser foot, bobbin and thread.
I thought the laser pen might be kind of gimmicky, but I am using it a lot. It's obviously great for embroidery placement, but it really shines (pun intended) for piecing, making corners exact etc.
The machine is very big and very heavy. When I bought the machine it came with a travel bag and trolley. My sewing machine has better luggage than I do, but it's never going to go anywhere, but it's yearly check-up. The Dreamweaver is only portable in the sense that it is easier to move than a refrigerator. I wish I had been offered the extension table that comes with the sewing/quilting model, it would have been a better value.
It's a small thing, but the happy and sad faces that come up on the machine's screen in completed messages, low bobbins warnings, etc. are a bit annoying. This is an advanced machine, capable of doing serious work, the smilies seem a bit cutesy.