I am just begining to sew. The last time I sewed was when I had Home Ec in Jr. High. It has been years and I am ready to start again. I decided to get this machine because I saw a great sale on it and read some good reviews on it. I also remember that they used Brother sewing machines on Project Runway so I figured it must be pretty good. To start off I was pleasantly surprised. It comes with 2 manuals. I more simple one that is pretty sufficient and then a more detailed one that i have not really used much yet. I probably will as I get more going on it. It was very helpful to have the easier version. Also I think so far that things are super easy and user friendly. I know that I will need a more advanced version if I end up doing much more than I am now, but I don't think that will be for years and years. I have loved this macine so much so far and am super happy with it. I feel like it was a great purchase and I love it.