It probably won't last a lifetime but this is a very good, feature packed and easy to use machine. Love the assortment of feet and accessories, automatic threader, and comprehensive user manual. I'm a guy, "in-between" a lot of sizes and got tired of spending money on clothing alterations. Using youtube and books, I've improved my skills and done sewn pants/shorts hems, shirt hems (rolled hem foot takes practice, but is awesome), button repairs (button foot), and general garment repairs. Next I want to learn blind stitch hems, and make some things for around the house. Even if this machine dies tomorrow, it's already paid for itself twice with the money I've saved. If you are a seamstress or a fanatical quilter, you'll probably want something else. If you are a person who wants to have a machine at-the-ready for repairs and occasional projects around the house this is a good machine for that.