When I decided I wanted to start sewing I did a lot of research on what sewing machine was best for beginners. It was obvious that the Singer Simple 2263 was my best bet. So far, I am very pleased with this machine. It is easy to use and store, and still gives me a lot of features including 23 stitch options. At $100 this machine is definitely worth the money. My one callout is that the directions on how to thread the machine are not as specific as they should be. Save yourself (a lot) of time and watch the DVD provided on how to set up and thread the machine.