My previous machine was a Singer which I loved. My singer met with an unfortunate accident while being transported on a wheeled cart. I decided to buy this one. It sat in the corner still in the box for a little over a year because I had no cause to use it. When I finally opened it I noticed the machine was scratched up. I'm not much into esthetics, I just want a machine that works. I tried to wind the bobbin and for some reason the bobbin wound strangely. Very uneven, bottom heavy. I tried to sew with the machine. The bobbin thread was very hard to catch and the bobbin housing was very wobbly inside. Seemed like I could pull the whole thing out with my fingers if I tried hard enough. It sewed ok for about 10 minutes then a pop and no more. It made a lot of noise but the needle was still and wouldn't move. It moved when I turned the wheel manually. I opened her up and noticed the inside of the machine, the workings and everything, was scratched up too. Sewing machines are very straighforward and uncomplicated. Take it out of the box, wind it up and sew. Too late to return. Next time I will hit a garage sale and buy an old Singer. What a whopping disappointment.