This is a good machine for the home sewer who does mostly light weight work. If you plan to do a lot of major sewing with bulky, heavy fabrics such as wool coats or draperies, this probably is not the machine you will want. Stitch Performance This machine makes a good seam for the most part. The only problem I had was the bobbin case screw comes loose from time to time which makes the bobbin tension drop quite a lot so I would have to take out the last seam and tighten the screw and redo it. It didn't happen too often though. Ease of Use Very easy to use except for button holes and high speed sewing. The button hole foot is not very user friendly as it doesn't grip the fabric like a slider would so it is much harder to make a neat button hole. If you are like me and when going straight you want to floor it, this machine will start doing a little dance on your table and start twisting. You might want to put grips under it if you really want to go fast a lot. Fabric Handling Great with typical lighter weight apparel fabrics and such. Versatility This machine will have no problem doing most kinds of sewing work. I would not recommend it for heavy wool coats or other very heavy or bulky weight projects. Design Good, but a little more plastic than I would like. I want a machine that's nice and heavy with lots of metal to keep it weighted down on the table. Durability This is a reasonably durable machine as long as it isn't used for anything too heavy duty. It won't do well if subjected to excess bulk as it really doesn't have the power for it.