I purchased this machine about 6 years ago as my first sewing machine. I had only used a very old Sear's machine in the past, which had been passed down by my grandmother. I was thrilled with how easy this is to set up & run. At first I used it solely with scrapbooking purposes, sewing mostly on paper. It handled that task very well. After it sat unused for a few years, I've recently pulled it out again and am using it on a regular basis. I've made blocks for my son, using felt, and it seems to only be able to sew through 2 peices of felt at a time before the needle breaks. More recently I've stuck to simple cotton fabrics and while it performs well overall, I can't get the tension right on it no matter what I try. Thankfully it's very easy to thread, because I have to do that MANY times during each project.