This has got to be the best purchase I've made in a long time!! This machine runs like a dream, it really feels like an industrial machine. It isn't flimsy at all, it even has a little motor in the back. Nice material too, cast iron, it feels so professional! Started hemming stuff right out of the box! I wish I had this when I was in design school, glad I got it now though! I LOVE THIS MACHINE!!!!!! ; ) My only negative comment about it is that the foot pedal is too light weight ( flimsy plastic) for such a lovely strong machine. I wish it was a metal pedal, maybe I can have it replaced.