Hi Katja, Thanks so much for your message. Now I really don't know what to do!! Yes you definately need to use the walking foot for your quilt, so that shouldn't be an issue. I'm sure, when I saw the machine in use, the cut threads were still about 1-2cm in length.I've been and looked at Bernina machines today and golly they are sooo ugly compared to this one! They have a ten year guarantee which has appeal and all the same features as well. Of course the price is more which is awful. Brother about $2500, Bernina $3500. Quite a difference, but people seem to swear by Bernina. I think I'll have to wait and have a test drive on both sometime.I really wanted to hear fabulous things about this machine but I have struggled to find anything really. Maybe I should just get my quilts professionally done? Oh how I hate these decisions! Any way thank you for taking the time to talk to me. I will enjoy visiting you at your blog. I like the fancy stitching you have done on the bib ties! Nice to see you using the stitches.