I have to say, as a beginner, the Pfaff rules! I bought the Hobby 1016 in August, not knowing I would love to sew and not knowing about accessories for the machine. The instruction manual was awesome, learned all about the machine and how to troubleshoot. The 1016 is a very basic machine, for about $120, but a workhorse (my first projects included sewing plastic together for messenger bags). I purchased it at the Fabric Place in CT(www.fabricplace.com
), and they have a deal where you can trade your Pfaff in and get credit for it towards the next model for up to one year--which is what I got a month later! The Pfaff Hobby 1042 is the last machine I will need (it does some basic serging too!)--the needle moves, there are lots of feet included (zipper foot, clear foot, buttonhole, etc) with many accessory feet to purchase also. It also has a one step buttonhole, decorative embroidery stitches--and the list price is about 399.00. The Pfaff and the book Sew Fast Sew Easy have made me love to sew!!