I've had this machine for a few weeks now and have used it to sew 4 different garments. The digital settings take a minute to get used, like the automatic threading and bobbin winding. I love how fool proof the settings are, for example when switching to a decorative design that requires a special presser foot, the machine will give you an error message and not let you sew until the correct foot is put on the machine. WIth my old machine, I used to break a TON of needles trying to sew with the wrong foot, lol. Reading/following the instructions is a must otherwise you'll get frustrated with the error messages that pop up. Also, the bobbin has to be put in correctly or your tension will be off. My old machine was a Brother that I'd had for 11 years, so I felt completely confident with going back to brother for my next machine. Because this is a refurb, I did purchase the replacement plan for $20 just in case anything happens. I consider this machine to be an excellent investment and I can see myself getting a lot of use out the decorative stitches. Overall, I would highly recommend this sewing machine!