I have some 15 antique sewing machines, 3 new ones, and one serger. I have antique Singers that are all metal gears and all, but in themid 80s they were bought out by another company that doesn't know squat about sewing. They decreased the quality of the parts, plastic now, and hiked the prices. The new Singers don't last long and many of their dealers left as they were super tired of all the repairs that cost more than a new machine. Two of my area deals stopped in late 90s. Now they sell Janome and only Janome. I have one Janome, new, and love it. It is a basic mechanical machine, but cost about the same as this package. I have 2 new Brothers, and love them both, though one was cheaper than the Janome, a basic electronic/computerized machine with loads of decorative stitiches, and the other is the larger Project Runway 420 machines. It has 200 differnt stitches and quilts like a charm. My serger is a a Singer, all metal from the early 80s when they first came out with 4 thread sergers. It works great, but is all metal.
If you are getting into sewing and don't want to dump a great deal of cash, GO FOR THIS, as the serger alone with worth the price for all that sergers do. I don't find sergers difficult to thread, you just follow the diagram and learn how to use a pair of tweezers. It will easily do cavas and denim, but don't go fast over the seams and what not. A serger cuts the fabric as it sews, so there is a learning curve. Watch the demo at HSN, as it is a good demo of what it does with great detailed explinations. Enjoy!
PICK up an extra warranty at www.squaretrade.com just in case and because it is a new Singer