I've researching models of sewing machines for beginners because that's my level of expertise when it comes to sewing. I really thought that this Brother free arm sewing machine was quite a good deal for the money. The price is reasonable and it has quite a few automatic features for a cheap sewing machine. Although it's primarily designed as a basic machine, from what I gathered from opinions stated on Amazon, people were able to use fairly thick material for mending and sewing projects. People looking for a hardy machine for various projects would be satisfied with this sewing machine.