This Brother LS-30 Sewing machine is great for first timers. It is easy to set up and use quickly and gets the job done, however if you are more of an advanced sewer or quilter i would reccommend something with advanced features as well. This machine has your basic functions and the step peddle of coarse is made of plastic. When you purchase the machine it is equipped with a starting kit for everything you need to mend a shirt or drawers. It has step by step instructions on how to thread your machine properly but it is a bit confusing if nobody is right there showing you as well since you are dealing with a tiny bit of thread, and if you have never touched a sewing machine before. Winding the bobbins is easy, but if you are trying to spin the thread onto it from a large spool, it is quite hard to keep it from falling all over the place and making a large mess. It does it's job, nothing more or less.