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|About CraftyDoulaMom |
|Member since: 4/24/10 |
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|sewing machines reviewed: 1|
|Posted on:||7/22/14 10:38 AM|
|Approx price paid:||$250|
|Had this machine for:||6yrs|
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- Needle Threader
- One step buttonhole
- Drop-In bobbin
- Free Arm
- Adjustable Stitch Length and Width
- Adjustable Presser Foot Pressure
- Adjustable Needle Position
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Tell us about your first impression when you used this machine.
I have had this machine for a number of years. I bought it as a beginner and wanted something simple and strong. It has been both and I have yet to be tempted by a computerized model. The stitches are balanced and clean and there are enough stitch options to sew just about anything, including some nice decorative stitches. The one thing I cannot recommend is the automatic buttonhole foot. In all these years I have NEVER had a good looking buttonhole from it. The standard buttonhole foot is somewhat better but most of the time I sew my buttonholes from hand as it ends up being faster than doing them by machine and them cleaning them up by hand.
Was the machine manual sufficient?
For the basics, yes. It doesn't offer any information about routine maintenance, presumably because they expect you to take it in once or twice a year to be serviced.
Did you buy any accessories? Do you use them?
I bought a quilting foot and invisible zipper foot and use both.
Is this your primary machine?
It is. I have a 1939 White knee pedal electric and a treadle machine, both of which I use on occasion, particularly for sewing more special items (many more feet were included with those), but my everyday machine is definitely the Janome.
How often do you use it?
How often varies according to how busy we are and how much time I can get to myself (I have two elementary school aged children that I am homeschooling) but it probably averages out to 6-8 days a month.
Would you recommend this machine to others?
Absolutely. I intend to find another second-hand for my daughter when she is ready to start using a machine on her own.
Have you had any trouble with this machine? Please elaborate.
My only problems have been user error and the aforementioned automatic buttonhole.
Do you do regular maintenance on this machine? How?
I do some, checking the lubrication and cleaning out the accessible areas, but the motor itself is completely inaccessible and can only easily be serviced by a specialist.
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