If you get a better machine, you'll surprise yourself at what you "thought" you needed a welder for, you'll starting looking for stuff to weld. I bought my Millermatic 200 Mig in the late 80's and "taught" myself to weld with some self help type books. I was a machinist and had to make components that got welded together so I had already learned the importance of the fit-up of parts. Never have had the greatest eyesight (bad now) but I got by for my own needs. The very first thing I built was my welding table and I have to say it really turned out nice. One thing that was mentioned is using a true gas machine in an outdoors environment, even inside with the door open on a windy day, steps need to be taken to block air movement around the weld site, even a fan can have an effect on weld quality. Heavy cardboard from an appliance box works great for temporary air shielding. Happy welding.