I recieved my Singer 2273 esteem II sewing machine for Christmas last year. I had agonized over which machine to get. I wanted a decent one but I didn't want to spend too much or get something that was beyond me as I was just starting to dip my toes in the sewing world. I feel that we made a great choice with this machine. For the most part, it has been able to do everything that I have wanted to do and if not, I've been able to make an easy modification. It's an easy machine to understand which was great as a beginner. The dvd included walked through the basic steps and it was easy to go from there and figure things out beyond that. I have had such a blast working with this machine and the various projects I've attempted.