This machine is fantastic! I have owned many sewing machines, and this has excellent stitch quality and it is very easy to use. You really don't have to know how to sew to use this machine. The big secret to this machine is that it can embroider letters! I can't believe that Overstock has a sewing machine of this quality that does block lettering for under $300. It is very solid and heavy duty but it's a real bargain because of the lettering, stitch count and quality. 2 thumbs up!