I wanted something very light for car trips. The price was just over $18 total, shipped to store, with auto scissors and plenty of full bobbins, which are metal, and you do need metal ones for this machine, as bottom thread tension is magnetically controlled. No, it does not have a light, no, it does not backstitch or zigzag, and it only has one length of straight stitch. The tension is pre-set to optimum at factory and shouldn't need to be adjusted unless you're sewing really lightweight or really,really heavy fabric..which i don't recommend. (It did sew through 8 layers of twill) ☆☆☆Before changing thread, pay attention to how it was threaded when you unboxed, as this is how you will rethread it each time. The michley/tivax youtube video seems backward? and the enclosed manual does not specify. This will be your best way of not getting a nest of thread all jumbly under your fabric.☆☆☆ There is no backstitch, so you either leave a thread tail and pull top thread to back, tying it off, like a child's chain stitch machine (videos for this) or turn fabric around at beginning and end of your stitching, and stitching on top of your line of stitches. (thats alot of stitches, haha) Remove batteries if its plugged into AC power or you will ruin the machine. Use appropriate needles to fabric, (standard size and spare included) When you want to pull your fabric out, put needle in uppermost position, raise pressure foot lever, and if thread is too tight to pull a length out, pull a 6-8 inch/15-20 cm length of thread with fingers just this side of the tension dial, feeding it through by gently pulling fabric away from the machine.