I was pleasantly surprised with the Janome Mechanical Sewing Machine. I own another much more elaborate Janome so my expectations for this less advanced version were low. Well, I was clearly off base! This turned out to be a much better machine than I expected. It is great for simple sewing, I haven't had any difficulty with feeding fabric through the feed dogs. The machine is very easy to thread. I have had no difficulty with setting the tension and likewise, have had no problems with the tension failing to hold as the stitching proceeded. Even when I have used very difficulty fabrics like silk and very heavy fabrics like felts, the results have been the same--even stitches and no breakage. Given that this is a relatively less expensive machine, I have been very pleased with those results. One area of concern for some sewers might be the limited number of stitch patterns. However, I have found there is an adequate variety, given the types of projects that I use the machine for. In short, it's a great buy!