If I didn't think it was, I wouldn't have bought a second on in this drop. To my 30 year old eyes, it would be an extravagance. To my 50 year old eyes, it's a simple necessity. I easily spend $100 on fabric every month (or at least that's the amount I confess to when my husband asks). Getting my stitching and seams correct matters a lot when I have so much invested in fabric (not to mention my machine, thread, batting, etc.). The quality of my work is only as good as my stitching and my work much better when I can see what I'm doing.