I am in love with my Janome MOD-100 100-Stitch Computerized Sewing Machine. For someone who has never used a sewing machine, this was intimidating. I clung to that instruction booklet like a drowning man to a raft and we rode it out together. I had a lot of hiccups with skipped and crooked stitches but I persisted. I was learning to sew on a machine after all. Machine has a carrying handle. Not too heavy, about 10 to 12 pounds. Small LCD screen. Comes with a nylon bag to cover when not in use. Included Instruction booklet is great with detailed illustrations and a troubleshooting section.
The instruction booklet is, I'll repeat, very detailed and easy to follow. It names all the parts using identification numbers on the illustrations in the booklet, and tells you what those parts do and how to use them. I got ideas on completing small projects and I accomplished them using my handy booklet. Again, there were some errors, but the learning process was relatively smooth.
I played around with the machine itself removing the extension table and putting it back on. The extension table is removed to enable easy sewing or mending tubular garments like sleeves, pant legs etc. Inside the extension table is hollow so you can store accessories inside, such as bobbins, needles, etc.
One of my biggest learning stress came from determining what level of needle thread tension was needed for the different materials that I was using. The machine has a dial on the top left that you use to move up and down to change tension. I constantly had to adjust this to avoid bumpy stitches and to get the stitch smooth and flat. I am still working on that.
Keep in mind also that the needle size should be appropriate for the materials you are sewing. Fine fabrics, like organza works better with a #9/65-11/75 needle; medium weight fabrics, such as fleece works best with a #11/75-14/90 needle and heavy fabric like denim works best with a #14/90-16/100 needle. The included manual warns that you may experience skipped stitches unless you use blue tipped needles (not included). That may have been my issue.
With the included manual I learned how to thread the needle in the machine and change needles (3 extra needles are included). This Janome MOD-100 100-stitch sewing machine is a great sewing machine for professionals and novices. I learned how to make cross stitches, forming designs in minutes that I would have spent hours on by hand. This machine allows you to program the length or width of your stitch using the LCD screen; figure out sizes of button holes by placing a button in the buttonhole holder. I cannot say enough about this machine. Thank you Walmart Sparkreviewer for allowing me to fall in love with this machine.