This is my first sewing machine, after years of sewing by hand finally got to be too painful. I admit I don't know much about sewing machines, which is ok because the Tradition is easy to use. You read the small instruction packet, which was super informative, and just follow the steps. I find myself reading through it every once in a while because I forget what to do. I like that I can control how fast it goes with the pedal, and the built-in light is a life-saver. The automatic/easy threading is great, however I have a hard time getting the little arm to catch the fabric, so I skip that and just stick it through the needle myself. I haven't quite figured out all the uses for the different stitch styles and lengths yet, so I can't comment on that. One thing is, do not expect this machine to go through thick or many layers of fabric, it is not designed to be heavy-duty. But this is definitely a good beginner's machine and for everyday projects. Stitch Performance It makes the stiches just like it says it will Ease of Use Pretty easy, even for a beginner, but I have trouble getting the bottom thread up sometimes. Probably user error. Fabric Handling It pulls the fabric through automatically. Do not use on thick or multi-layered projects. Versatility A portion of the bottom pulls off so you can do things like sleeves or other small narrow porjects. Design Two knobs control stitch and length, easy threader included. Durability So issues with durability so far, just use the machine wisely.