I'm a beginning sewer with very little experience, and I like to experiment with different types of fabrics and projects. I had a cheap-o from Walmart before this that couldn't take *anything* without wigging out, thread bunching up and/or breaking. Everything I've tried so far on this machine has gone off like a charm. My favorite perks of this machine are the variety of embroidery stitches for a machine in this price range, the pedal (allows you to vary your speed with ease), and the overall feel. It feels like the Cadillac of machines -- super smooth and yet solid. I also love the features on this machine that typically don't accompany less-expensive machines, like a built-in thread cutter, a needle threader, top-feed bobbin, and the embroidery stitches. Love the machine! Highly recommend to anyone!