I got the Singer Heavy Duty Sewing Machine for my birthday two years ago. I love to sew and with this sewing machine, I get tons of work done! I make dresses for all the girls in our families for Christmas, I make purses, hats, quilts, curtains, pants, and so much more! I have broken quite a few needles though. I think that was mainly because I was not quite used to all the different size needles and the sensitivity of the foot pedal. After I got used to that, I have not broken any more of the needles. Stitch Performance I love all the different stitches you can use, it makes it easy to embroider too! Ease of Use I think it is really easy to use myself, but every time my husband gets a hold of it I am constantly having to fix it for him. Fabric Handling I sewed through a leather belt and denim at the same time! When they say Heavy Duty, they mean Heavy Duty! Versatility I have sewn all different types of fabrics from polyesters, cottons, and wool, to denim. Design I don't really think about design with sewing machines, as long as it gets the job done, but it isn't an eye sore or anything. Durability I have tortured this sewing machine and it is still as good as new!