I purchased this machine for my 9 yr old daughter. I wanted to get her started sewing. :) Box came in great shape and timely. Machine is wonderful! Has basic enough features for a beginner, but I find myself using it because it is so handy. I didn't think I would love this machine as much as I do and for the price...you can't pass it up! My sister (she is 30) does not have a sewing machine. I'm thinking that this is her Christmas gift from me this year! I have decided I need a Janome and will probably get one that has a few more options than this, but for simple sewing, this is it! Look no further!! Get quality at a great price and start "sewing pretty"!!