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Date: 11/4/13 5:45 PM

My Janome Turbo teal machine came today and here is what I think of it. I love it. I think it will be perfect for what I need it for.

It's basically identical mechanically to the Sew Mini Deluxe in New Zealand. And Identical in looks and mechanically to the John Lewis Mini's in the UK.

It's so lightweight, 5lbs and I can lift it up with 1 hand. It's perfect for traveling, or taking to another room if like watching a movie without lugging around the bigger ones.

There is 1 speed.. and that is the speed of slow. I make doll clothes and working tiny pieces, is the reason I got this one. This would also make a great starter kids machine for little kids. older kids may want more features but I would have loved this one as a kid.

The pressure foot, seems to have a safety barrier, the foot can't be changed like others with snap on feet. which doesn't bother me. The seam allowance, I am not sure about since I never go by that since I sew small clothes for baby sculptures.

The drawer is perfect for keeping things like seam rippers, needles, bobbins etc.

The tension could be better but is not the worst i have used. I will be doing any top stitching on one of my other machines. the stitches are firm though, not loose, wont come apart. it could also be due to the stitches are closer together than my other machines so it looks off a tad bit to me. but like I said, they are not going to come apart. and that's the most important thing for me.

over all I love this machine.. not sure how long it will last as it does feel lesser quality than any other machine i have used. but It also comes with a 1 year warranty.

Later i will set up my other machines and test them all at the same time.

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Date: 11/5/13 7:16 AM

Glad to hear of this machine. Something to keep in mind for my granddaughter. Have you considered adding a review in the sewing machine review section? Even though it is a different type, a review would be useful for people looking for something like this. Basically you could just copy and paste it. I have read the reviews for the Hello Kitty machines and they helped me make a decision about it. Thanks again for letting us know of this. Glad the sm is suiting your purpose.

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Date: 11/5/13 10:38 AM

Add a Sewing Machine Review Here

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Date: 11/6/13 0:05 AM

I didn't even know there was a review section. I found this forum looking up Janome sew mini sewing machines on google. thanks. I'll add my review there.

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Date: 11/22/13 3:04 PM

I'm also looking at this machine for travel purposes. Can you please describe what you mean mean by safety barrier on the pressure feet? How do you change feet on this machine if they don't snap on? I looked at a photo online and it didn't look like the feet were screwed on, but maybe the photo wasn't from the right angle. I have a larger machine along with several different snap-on feet. Would I need to buy a second set of zipper feet, etc., for this machine? Thanks.

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Date: 11/22/13 3:57 PM

There are several youtube videos on the Janome Sew Mini sewing machine which is the same as the colorful ones. Here is a link to one that shows the presser foot shank very well at the 6:15 point of the video: Janome Sew Mini

Do you really need such a small machine for travel? What do you intend to sew with it?

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Date: 11/22/13 4:25 PM

Thanks for the link. I'll take a look.

As far as needing it for travel, I have to travel cross-country a lot for family reasons, and it can be stressful. Sewing is the one thing that keeps me sane. I sew every day, mainly apparel. It's the one thing I have right now that really helps me focus and keep my head on straight. I love it, it makes me feel creative, and the idea of going three weeks at a time without a sewing machine sounds just awful to me. So if I could find a lightweight travel model, it would be wonderful.

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Date: 11/22/13 4:47 PM

To sew with other feet you would have to replace the whole shank/foot part with another Janome shank. Then you could snap on feet. This has been done before. :)

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Date: 11/22/13 7:15 PM

Check PR reviews and reviews elsewhere so you know what you would be getting...especially if you are ordering online which is more complicated to make a return.

Is there a Hancock Fabric store near you? They have a Janome Sew Mini in an all white color on sale currently for $50. Hancocks might allow a test sew on one in-store...not certain about that but probably call your local store to confirm that. It is not for thick sewing, it does not have its own light and it's very small. Janome Sew Mini at Hancock Fabrics

Edited to add: Here is a link to the the manual: Janome Sew Mini Manual
-- Edited on 11/22/13 7:57 PM --

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Date: 11/23/13 4:12 AM

Quote: bestgrammy
There are several youtube videos on the Janome Sew Mini sewing machine which is the same as the colorful ones. Here is a link to one that shows the presser foot shank very well at the 6:15 point of the video: Janome Sew Mini



Do you really need such a small machine for travel? What do you intend to sew with it?

If it is the size of Hello Kitty, it fits in a rolling tote that slips under the seat of most airplanes, even commuter sized. When my stepson got married, I was asked to make adjustments to the brides gown. Access to a sewing machine was up in the air. I found Hello Kitty, we got acquainted and she came with me so I could do what had to be done.

Would I have preferred my Pfaff 1229? You bet, but that baby wasn't getting on a plane. So, yes, sometimes there is a need for a machine that can travel.

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