Yes it is a basic machine. A Walmart special under $100.00, but it has been my friend and has helped me make over 100 dresses since 2004. A couple of weeks ago it died. I was so heartbroken. You get use to your machine and now I'm getting use to a new machine. I dream of making a quilt so I purchase a Brother SQ-9000 FS. I've made 1 1/2 dresses with it so far. I do recommend the Brother LS-2125 for those who want to try sewing but don't want to spend a lot. The pink is the SQ-9000 FS and the blue is my long lasting friend.
It was refurbished but by the factory. The only thing I didn't receive with it was the CD instructions. I was lucky to get the optional feet with it. Most refurbished machines don't include these.
Honestly for my sewing machine I pretty much use it for straight stitching and zippers. So I never thought to purchase a high end machine. I have older sergers an Elna and RICCAR that if I lost those I think I would be more heartbroken than my cheap little brother machine.
The salesman was shocked that my LS-2125 lasted so long. I certainly put it to work.