There are two models of the Singer One, I bought the cheaper model that only has 24 stitches because I have three other machines with lots of decorative stitches, so I felt like I didn't need to spend more for stitches I already had.
This will make a great back up machine for me and I think it will do well with projects that have thicker layers. My Janome Horizon 7700 does not do well with thick layers of fabric, it stalls and stammers unless I have the walking foot or the dual feed foot on and I don't always have those feet on the machine when I need them. I now have two computerized Singer sewing machines and I will be depending on them to do a lot of my craft sewing with thicker layers.
This machine is bigger than I thought it was from the pictures, it's heavy, but not too heavy to lift, and it has a nice big work surface. There is a built in handle that folds down. The table that slides on to the free arm on the left slides off with the touch of a button so you can sew with the free arm. There is also an accessory box that slides out from that table so you don't have to remove the entire table to get to the accessory box where you store your bobbins and presser feet. It has a reverse sewing button on the front of the machine and it makes 24 stitches (6 essential, 4 stretch, 12 decorative, and 2 fully automatic 1-step buttonholes).
The machine comes with a comprehensive manual, a instructional DVD, 4 empty bobbins, an all purpose presser foot, a blind hem foot, a satin stitch foot, a zipper foot, a buttonhole foot, a little brush for cleaning the bobbin and hook area, an extra spool pin, a small key size screwdriver for removing the needle plate, and a variety pack of machine needles. I ordered some additional bobbins for this machine, because I like to have more than 4. There are lots of options for stitch length and width and it's easy to adjust with the plus and minus buttons near the LED display. It does twin needle sewing and you can adjust the needle position when sewing straight stitch to 13 different positions using the stitch width control.
The feed dogs on this machine do not drop for free motion quilting or darning. This machine does not have an up/down needle button.
I wound a bobbin this morning and gave it a test run. It was a cinch to thread and the tension was perfect right out of the box. While I was sewing up the sample below I couldn't hear the television, so it does run loud, but it sews great and you can sew pretty fast with it. Here's a sample of the stitching front and back. It was easy to switch stitches just by pressing a button.
I think this would make a great beginner sewing machine. The manual is easy to read, it explains all the parts of the machine, how to wind a bobbin, how to thread the machine, and it has a needle/thread/fabric chart. The manual also covers how to make buttonholes, how to use the machine to sew on a button, how to insert a zipper, how to use the blind hem stitch, when to use stretch stitches, how to care for the machine, troubleshooting tips, and even what size bobbins to buy. This manual is well written and should help keep a beginner from becoming frustrated with this machine.
I'm really happy I bought this machine. I think I am going to do a lot of fun sewing with it.