I just recently got the Memory Craft 7000 as a wedding gift/hand-me-down from a friend. It is an older machine, but it works fantastically and I absolutely love it. I consider myself a beginner with sewing, since I'm trying to re-learn everything I had been taught as a child. When I first pulled it out, I was kind of nervous I would ruin the machine, since it has been a long time since I have sewed anything on a machine, and that was always under my teacher's instruction. I found the Memory Craft 7000 to be extremely user-friendly and easy to use. It also has many included features and adjustments that I don't quite understand yet, but am excited to learn as I become more experienced. Bottom line: great machine, easy to use, and I love it.