|What jodax72 likes about this machine|
This machine is a work horse if you care for it. It's been used and abused for 8 years. If you think it's a Janome MS 5027, it is, just with the kenmore name on it. The Janome shop folks treat it the same as one of their own.
Easy drop in bobbin, easy to thread (for an 8 year old machine), Lots of accessories, auto button hole that works consistently. All of the features you would want out of a basic machine and a blanket stich, which is missing on a lot of newer machines.
One of the better machines I've used for 2-way stretch fabrics (the slider on the side where it tells you the numbers for stretch fabrics really helps, though I have a few penciled in on the side of my case).
Bobbin winder is ok and gets the job done.
Feed dog system is decent and it does pretty well for a older, lower class machine on silky fabrics.
It also can sew through 3 layers of webbed belting without much fuss. Does fine with heavy denim and duck.
Uses universal needles and bobbins.
What jodax72 does not like about this machine
Any small amount of dust and it hates you. My previous machine was a beast that didn't care about dust, rain, being dropped, oil, nothing, but that machine was built in 1967 (and still runs too).
Keep it clean to keep it happy.
The tension is a game that you have to play until you get it just right, but it's no worse than the serger. It's also no worse than any older Janome or any sewing machine built before 1980, however for a modern machine you've got to play games with it sometimes.
Maintenance: seems to have required more maintenance than any other machine I've ever had (except sergers). Most of it invloving the tension system and cleaning. It's been to the shop 4 times, 3 times for tension issues.
Foot petal is too high so I usually operate it from the side.