I was given this from my mom and dad when I was 9 or 10 years old and at a low cost it wasn't a huge financial loss to them. It is nice for a beginner sewer and one more advanced. Fast forward 10 years and I am still using this bad boy...I just finished a sewing order of over a 100 baby pants and am also sewing hardcore for my sewing buisness. Every once in a while the thread gets wonky and its a pain to get the tension right but it is nothing hardcore. I still have yet to get it service or even the light bulb changed. I bought a Brother Project Runway Machine because I thought I it was time to retire my Kenmore Let me tell you something I returned that machine within 24 hours and went straight back to my beloved Kenmore. The downside is not and cool decorative stitches but everything else is fantastic on it and if you can find this machine I highly recommend it!