This Brother sewing machine is a great beginner model. It comes with easy-to-follow instructions for filling a bobbin and for threading your needle, so it only takes a few minutes to get up and running. The built-in stitches are the most commonly used for most projects, and it's easy to adjust the stitch length to suit your needs. The additional stitch functions are great designs to make any project look professional. There is a storage area in the removable arm that is perfect for holding all the extra parts like spare bobbins, needles, or any of the specialty feet that comes with it, so you don't have to worry about losing those tiny pieces. I wouldn't call myself a seamstress, by any means, but I've been pretty pleased overall with the performance of this machine. It still looks brand new, even though it's a couple years old now, so I expect it will hold up to many years of use.