I bought my Brother sewing machine several years ago when I decided to become part of a quilting group. I didn't want to spend a lot of money, because I wasn't sure I'd be sticking with the group - like many occasional crafters, my enthusiasms tend to come and go! Although I'm still quilting, I haven't gotten a "better" machine, because this lightweight and portable model has been trouble free for me. I only use it for straight stitches and the occasional zig-zag (my idea of high tech!) - and I just can't see any reason to spend more money to buy an elaborate machine with lots of features that (a) I probably wouldn't use, and (b) increase the likelihood of mechanical or electronic problems. I loaned the machine to my neighbor recently, and she was amazed at how easy it was to use. She and her husband had spent an hour with the manual for her machine just to figure out how the self-winding bobbin feature worked - and they never did get it right! If you plan to do heavy duty sewing, fancy embroidery, etc. then by all means invest in a "serious" sewing machine - but don't shy away from a low-cost, simple machine if your needs are simple too!