|My new baby!|
Yup, I ended up with a Janome. To be completely honest, before the start of this year I had really been craving and saving for a Bernina. But during my awesome San Diego blogger meet-up in January, talking to a machine repair man at The National City Yardage Town got me starting to think about Janome as a much more affordable possibility that I had never really considered before. Then one of my favorite sewing bloggers was showing off her new beauty and got me thinking about it even more seriously.
|The box... and I got some bobbins and a walking foot in the deal.|
|Yes, it has an automatic thread cutter.|
No, I don't need it, but oh man do I like it.
|60 stitch options, including several buttonholes and an eyelet!|
|Stitch samples - I think I am going to have top stitching fun with some of the options!|
Aside from how smoothly it feeds fabric, I love how solid the machine feels. Before if I used heavy fabric on the Brother machines it would move the machines across the table (or flip them off the table in the case of a few wool coats I have made). Now if I shake my machine the whole table moves but the machine is solid. Amazing. And (this will probably sound really weird) but I love how the bobbin winder feels. There is something satisfying about the solid click of moving the bobbin winder that I never had on the Brother machines. And because of the way this machine is set up I can wind a bobbin without un-threading the needle. The Brother was set up with the ability to use a twin needle, but using the secondary spool stand to wind the bobbin never worked well for me. The ability to use a second spool to wind the bobbin, and the use of the automatic thread cutter might be fancy but unnecessary time savers, but I appreciate them anyway. I also like the stitch plate on the Janome - it has the makings for seam allowances, but it also has common angles printed on the plates as well. Which is totally awesome for creating perfectly pointed v-necks. Oh, and I have been using the automatic needles threader - a feature I had on the Brother, but it never worked well, so I was always better off threading by hand. The bobbin is also super easy to thread, so I can have the machine ready to go in mere moments. So awesome.
I am still getting use to some of the differences between this machine and the Brother. For example, this machine has a needle up/down, so the needle will stop up if you start with it up, or stop down if you start with it down. This machine will also sew even if the presser foot is not lowered, whereas the Brother would always flag an error if that were the case. Which would be fine, except the foot pedal is much more sensitive than the Brother. This is actually a good thing (the pedal is also much more solid and doesn't seem to travel around the floor under the table either), but I am not quite used to it yet, so I have had a few unexpected bouts of stitching when I was trying to pivot or position the fabric. I do have to admit that I really like that I can position the needle for the straight stitches, and that there are a few stitches that have automatic knots to start/finish a seam. And I can sew backwards at full speed! Before I had to make each backstitch with a press of a button, but now I can press the button to backstitch or finish a seam at full speed. This is so lovely. It is amazing the things we can live without, but now that I know what I have been missing I don't know if I can do without these things again in the future. I do like that this has many of my favorite features from my Brother machines, like variable speed control, so I don't feel like I am missing anything by switching brands.
I haven't had much chance to use this on anything other than stretch velvet thus far, but I hope to be able to use it on different fabric types soon. Especially since I have a few non-skating dresses to make by the end of the month. In the meantime I am going to be enjoying using my new baby to produce more skating costumes for all the big events this summer.
|Sewing machine love!|