This is my first sewing machine of my own. My husband surprised me with it at Christmas. I had taken a sewing class in school, and enjoyed it a lot. Never had a sewing machine growing up and when I mentioned wanting to sew again, it was only a matter of time til I got my own machine. I have loved every minute of using this machine. At first when I saw all the different features I felt overwhelmed, and feared I would surely mess something up. The instruction manual that came with this is very clearly written and so far any little "mess" I got myself into has been very easy to figure out. Stitch Performance Stitches are nice and uniform, also has a good number of different stitch options, including quite a few decorative stitches that make sewing projects look even prettier. Ease of Use Very easy to follow the instructions given to use and set up (and this is coming from a very inexperience and fairly new sewer). Fabric Handling This is good also, feeds fabric through nicely and at a good rate. I think there is also a setting that you can slow down or speed up how fast the fabric is fed through (although so far I have not need to adjust this). Design I really like the look of this sewing machine. It almost has a classic/antique look to it in my opinion, plus I like the black color rather than the typical white/cream. Durability As far as I can tell this will be durable (I have only had it for about 5 months). I have had no problems with this so far, and have even taken it away with me (not in a box).