I've been using Singer brand sewing machines for years, but wasn't about to argue with my grandmother who gave me this Husqvarna Viking Emerald machine. There were so many stitches and features it took me a while to figure it all out. The feature that sews a button on it's own has been my saving grace on more than a few occasions. I still consider myself a beginner sewer - but this machine has inspired some major creativity! I love using this sewing machine! It's so easy and comfortable to work with I don't think I could ever go back to any other brand. The one complaint I do have about the device is that it's heavy. But that's because it's made with strong durable parts. I'd be skeptical of a lighter sewing machine. It's just not very portable for taking to sewing classes.