I've had the Janome 405 for about 5 years, it was a gift from my sister. I've used it to make things like baby clothes, boys and girl clothes, handbags, quilts (up to full size), curtains- lined and unlined -and many other household items. The Janome 405 is very simple, just a few stitches and very simple adjustments for tension. My daughter who is only 10 sews on it regularly. Although I have quilted on it, I use cotton batting instead of high loft batting and I use a walking foot. When I've sewn on slick fabric, like a velvet costume for a play, I just made sure I used LOTS of pins so that the fabric didn't shift. It is very easy to thread and to put the bobbin in. At times I've had trouble with the tension, but after playing with it, I get it right for the fabic. This model is discontinued, however if you can find it used and at a decent price it would be a great machine to do all kinds of household sewing.