The brother cp-6500 computerized sewing machine is lightweight but has all the features of a heavy duty sewing machine. It is extremely advanced in its design, but I think is great for first time users and veterans. I can say that from experience because before this machine, I don't even think I could hand sew let alone use a sewing machine. When I tried my moms, which I assume was old, I thought there was no way I would ever figure this out. Then I found this machine and it was amazing. It has an LCD screen with stitch selection, one touch start, stop, and reverse plus like ten other great features. It is perfect for all of your crafting, quilting, home decorating, and sewing needs. My favorite part, automatic needle threading that I absolutely used to hate doing because it would take me more time to thread a needle then to sew! Highly recommend to anyone new or loves to sew!