I was really into sewing back in high school and I tried to continue it after graduation. When my old machine died on me I bought this one so I could continue fixing clothes that my kids were hard on. I was surprised at how easy it was to use right out of the box. It is really easy to thread, change needles, reverse sewing direction, and set the stitch you need. It came with a ton of accessories, like different feet so you can do zig zag patterns, and button holes. It also has as one of the stitch settings a four hole button hole which comes in handy with two growing kids. I love using this machine for hemming pants and fixing all the tears in our clothes. I have saved us a lot of money since I have been able to fix stuff versus throwing it out and buying new. Stitch Performance It has quite a few stitch settings and they all perform like they should. Ease of Use Threading this machine is simple, so is changing out the feet and needles. I was so happy with how easy it was to use right out of the box. Fabric Handling I have sewed a few different fabrics with it and so far it handles them all well. Design It is not a huge machine so pretty easy to store away when not in use. Durability It seems like it will hold up well.