Have no a lot of experience of sewing machines and bought this as the first entry-level machine.
Has so far only used the simple functions (type straight stitch, zigzag, jiggle in stretch fabrics), therefore in evaluating not the more advanced features (like decoration stitches, buttonholes and quilting).
It was pretty easy to get started, I think the user manual is very clear and works well for beginners. Even things like changing the needle, and easy maintenance (described in the user manual) went well.
I bought this in January 2011 and has just sewn in lightweight fabrics to date (sheets, stretchy fleece, other inelastic light fabric).
Many accessories came with (although I have not used most). Yet
Have nothing negative to say about the machine, put 8/10 because I did not use so many of the features and do not have any other sewing machines to compare with.