When I got this machine for the first time, it only took me less than 5 minutes to start cutting. The set up is easy and fast. It will cut from lightweight paper to textured heavy stock (I haven't tried vellum yet). There might be a problem with the paper not sticking to the mat but these tips will solve that problem: Apply a little bit of tape runner to the corners of the paper before sticking it to the mat. Once you stick the paper to the mat, make sure that you press your fingers firmly to adhere the paper. Lastly, after many cuts, there will be a build up of debris on the mat. Just use a lint roller and run it across the mat. Your mat will stick better and last longer. Also, when you buy this machine, it is a good idea to purchase the additional mats. This product has an excellent price and the design books are also less costly than other machines. Also, it will take the guess work out for you - you do not need to adjust the blade for different types of paper. Some cons are that it only cuts in three sizes with the largest size about 3 1/2 inches. The mats also gets worn fast and need replacement regularly. I might get a Cricut to cut larger sizes but this machine is still a keeper! Best of all, it is cute and pink and very compact!