After having the same sewing machine for 35 years - Sear Brand. I decided I wanted a new machine that had easier ways to embroidery work. After reading about many many different machines I settled on the Brother HE-120. It is a wonderful machine, very easy to use and learn. It does so much. The cost was very reasonable. It sews beautifully. Of course using a 35 yr old machine and then moving to the new technology is a big jump. I am impressed with Brother. The only think that is a bit hard is winding the bobbin, and threading. I love the threading cartridge. It's nice and easy to thread the needle. However I have had to reload it several times to get it to thread the needle. The bobbin winder is another minor problem for me. It's just a bit hard to get everything just right to wind the thread on the bobbin. I did not take any lessons in use of the machine so am pleased how easy it was to set up and start using.