I did a lot of research on sergers before choosing this one, and I'm so glad I did! I'm fairly new to sewing, and here are the things I was looking for: low price, sturdy, enough functionality to take me through the next stages of my sewing hobby, easy to use. I got my 1034d and started using it straight away with the thread that came with the machine. I made a knit tunic in a couple of hours! Learning how to thread the machine was very straightforward, and I got it on my second try, using a combination of the manual and some Youtube videos. I was intimidated by the idea of using a serger, but now I feel very confident! So far I've only used a 4-thread overlock stitch for sewing seams on knits, using the all-purpose foot.