I am a total beginner when it comes to sewing. Yes, I used to play around with my moms machine when I was a teenager but haven't touched a machine in about 10 years I guess. Then I thought it would be cool to start again- from scratch- so I started looking around and ended up with the Singer 1748. The setup was easy and soon I was doing my first test stitches. The machine was already pre-adjusted so I had no problems at all. It also came with a cover and a baggy full of accessories. The manual gives you step by step instructions on how to get started and how to program the machine and change the settings for different stitches. I actually finished a pillowcase within a few hours of playing around and it came out pretty good. The only thing I didn't like? I thought the instructions about how to change settings for the different stitches was a little bit irritating to me. It took me a little bit of playing around and just trying to figure out how to set the dials to get the desired stitch. Other than that- a good product if you are a beginner and don't want to spend to much money on a sewing machine but still want quality.