No, it is far superior! I have heard that said about Singer for years. I decided to give one a try as a Bernina, Necchi and Janome were out of my price range. Singer "wowed" me with this sewing machine. As a seasoned seamstress and master quilter, having years of sewing experience, I wasn't expecting much. I am just so pleasantly surprised! This machine is not noisy, well, mine is not. It is heavy enough to not move while sewing (a problem I had with Janome). Yet, it is not so heavy that I am able to transport it with ease. The instructions far surpassed any I have encountered, in that all stitches come with pictures and examples of application. No guess work in what to use each one for. The needle threader is so well constructed that it is fool proof, although I do advise keeping your instructions close by when you first use it. No, it does not come with a hundred stitches, but it has all you need! It is a handsome, smooth, well running machine at an incredibly affordable price. I highly advise for all levels of sewing skills. If you can afford $$$$ for a Bernina and the name is more important to you, go for it. I can't say enough good about this machine. Happy sewing!!!
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