My husband bought this one for me several years ago. I had asked for the Janome Sew Mini but the saleswoman talked him into a higher end model. All I basiclly wanted it for was to sew on the greeting cards that I make but i did end up using it to make a few valances, do a little mending, etc. It works like a charm and the only trouble I have had with it has been my own fault - setting the stitches too small for the fabric, misadjusting the tension, stuff like that. I do still sew mostly on paper and card stock and haven't had any problems with that at all.