If you are in need of a sewing machine for minor alterations, fixing buttons or small craft experiments, this Michley Lil' Sew Machine is a really great choice. As crazy as it sounds, I enjoy doing sewing crafts with my kids. This particular machine is smaller with a much lighter weight - which makes it more manuverable and simple to manage. It's also highly less expensive than the bigger more bulky models. It came with a foot pedal which I've tried several times but to be honest, I prefer to operate it by using the hand switch, it's just easier for me and seems to provide increased control and it cuts down on accidental double stitching. The bobbin is at the top and can be popped right in so the threading is not such a chore. The machine also has an automated rewind function so it's ultimately convenient and very simple to use. This machine can be easily operated by anyone - even a sewing beginner so it's also really great for smaller craft projects with adolescents who are unfamiliar with the general operation of a sewing machine. It didn't come with patterns but there are plenty of sites online that offer them free of charge. I'm sure you won't be disappointed. Stitch Performance Use hand switch to minimize mistakes or double stitching and increased control.