It has a holder attached to the right side of the machine so that you can get to it easily and not keep dropping it. I've never been a stylus person; I've used my finger on every touch screen machine that I've sewn on (except for Terry W.'s since she insists that I use the stylus). However, I have found over the past few weeks that there are some functions that are much easier with the use of the pen.
This is my main Dreamweaver screen; I have the pen pointing at the V-Sonic Pen Pal icon. If I touch that icon, another screen comes up that shows me the functions available while using the pen.
There are a few other fun things I can do with this pen.... still exploring!
Brother has provided me with the DreamWeaverTM XE, but all opinions expressed are entirely my own.....