This was my first sewing machine that was given to me by my grandmother. It wasn't anything fancy, but it got the job done. I used this as a beginner in sewing, so I started off sewing things like pillows, aprons, hemming my jeans and skirts. It was easy to use and lasted for quite a while. I did have a couple problems with the needle breaking and the tension being too tight. Also, the piece that holds the spool of thread broke off and I had to "make" my own part, as they do not sell that piece by itself. I figured it out and the machine kept on for about 10 years. I finally got rid of it and bought a Singer. If you are a beginner and are looking to start sewing, I would recommend this machine. It's a reasonably priced machine for regular, every day sewing. For more challenging sewing projects, like corsets and bridal wear, I would suggest a different machine like Singer. Other than that though, I had no problems at all with my machine.