I know that Bill Holman does not like these machines. He is a very famous sewing machine guru who owns a couple of the sewing machine Yahoo groups. I do like this machine. It makes a pretty nice stitch and is strong and fast. I bought it this past spring and cleaned it all up and oiled it. Today I loosened the belt and adjusted the tension and now it is sewing just perfectly. I think it is the perfect machine for a beginner sewist.