I recently purchased the Brother CS5055PRW Sewing Machine to use around the house for everyday rips, tears etc. I do not like to sew! I needed a new machine that was easy to use, didn't have too many bells and whistles and was lighter weight. I only needed it for the most basic things and it works well for what I needed. It is light enough for me to be able to move from the table to another workshop Stitch Performance The stitch can be varied and I have used it multiple ways from the smallest stitch to a rip in fabric to a more loose stitch for an article that needed some play in it. I like the variety of the stitch and it is easy to switch from one to another. Ease of Use For me this is an ideal machine, I don't like complicated sewing machines that you have to stop and read the directions each time you use it. It is great for the beginner to intermediate sewer or the ones like me that only use it from time to time. Fabric Handling I have used this on various types of fabrics and it seems to work well on each. It does not grab and bunch the fabric as you sew and the fabric is gripped well enough that you do not have it slipping from the needle area at all. Design The design is great for what my needs are because it is nice and light weight, it seems to be high enough from the needle area that I can use a more bulky material and it does not get bunched up or caught up right there. My old one was too close to the needle and didn't work well at all. Durability For the projects I use the sewing machine for it seems pretty darn durable to me. Although it is light weight it seems to be made well and it suits me to a t. It isn't cheap plastic that seems like it will fall apart or break easily.