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|Janome:3160QDC (Sewing Machine)|
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|About Seams2Sew |
|Member since: 8/15/08 |
|Reviews written: 2|
|Favored by: 2 people|
|sewing machines reviewed: 1|
|Posted on:||12/19/12 1:21 PM|
|Approx price paid:||$549|
|Had this machine for:||almost 3 years|
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- Needle Threader
- Needle Up/Down Setting
- Embroidery Stitches
- One step buttonhole
- Drop-In bobbin
- Free Arm
- Adjustable Stitch Length and Width
- Adjustable Presser Foot Pressure
- Adjustable Needle Position
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|What Seams2Sew likes about this machine|
This machine is packed with features: automatic thread cutter, needle up/down, speed controller, 60 stitches, and adjustable presser foot pressure. All of this in a 12 pound full size machine. The stitch selection was very easy. You can move through the stitch selection one stitch at a time or ten stitches at a time. It sews very quietly and I did not have any problems with it moving or vibrating. Threading and bobbin winding are easy, and you do not have to bring up the bobbin thread to begin sewing. It’s very easy to transport, and I really enjoyed using it until it started having problems (see below) This was my class/back-up machine. I used it for garment construction and piecing.
What Seams2Sew does not like about this machine
The lighting is awful. The manual is very brief, and pretty typical for a Janome manual. It covers the basics, but the writer must get a bonus for using the fewest number of words.
The placement of the start/stop and reverse buttons are bad. It is difficult to see them when sitting in front of the machine.
I purchased this machine a few months after it was introduced by Janome. I read about the bobbin issues, but never experienced any problems with my machine. I wanted this machine for a back-up, to take to classes and for my children to use if/when the started showing an interest in sewing. A few months ago, the bobbin started jamming. The first jam occurred when I was attempted to sew together two pieces of quilting cotton (not exactly difficult or thick fabric).
After getting the jam cleared, it was clear that there was a problem with the bobbin case. I took it in and the tech replaced the bobbin case and bobbin stop; however, the machine continues to jam, and I do not want to put any more money into it. My daughter was using it a sewing class and it was just constantly jamming. Both the instructor and I watched her carefully after the first jam, and we did not see her doing anything that should cause the machine to jam. It was so frustrating for all of us.
The needle plate screws on so with every jam, I have to unscrew the plate, clear the jam and screw it back on – very irritating.
I love the idea of a feature rich lightweight machine, but Janome really dropped the ball with this one.
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