This machine is AWESOME! It was my first! I had never used a sewing machine before I purchased this one. It is so easy to use, it has a lot of features for a cheap sewing maching. It is sturdy and I LOVE IT! I don't have to pay $20 to alter my jeans anymore. I am 5'2 so jeans are always to long on me, the 'short' jeans are too short and look like floodwaters on me. So i buy the 'regular' jeans and shorten them a little. I would highly recommend this machine to a beginner to and intermediate user!!!