This is a replacement Brother for a Pacesetter I got ages ago. I bought this locally, not on Amazon, it was a little less locally and I just took it home and started sewing! It's super easy to use, not really intimidating if you have used machines before. This isn't a great starter machine. I've made a few things since purchasing it and I plan on using it a lot more in the next few years. Brother always makes great quality, I've never had any issues with any of the machines I've owned.