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Enjoying my upgrade!
on December 19, 2015
UPDATE: 5/10/16: I have yet to put this machine away. It is wonderful! I use it almost daily, and it has allowed me to begin a sewing blog, start up a hobby business (mostly hobby, since I'm buying more materials with any profits I make), and expand my sewing skills. I've sewn through several layers of material making baby books, blankets, potholders, and purses/bags; I made a stuffed whale out of jeans (in some places sewing through three or four layers of jean material); and I've used it for applique, buttons/buttonholes, etc. My new favorite thing is using the #10 overcast stitch to keep raw edges from fraying (similar to a serged edge) - it works beautifully! I've been making doll clothes, zipper pouches using recycled materials, and I've even begun dabbling in sewing complicated knits (swimsuit material, which is sooooo slippery). I have yet to find a job this machine can't handle. I keep it cleaned, and switch needles between projects. I also wanted to touch on the questions about warranty. I was able to register the 25-year warranty on the Janome website - Amazon is listed among the authorized dealers. I also love that if I go to the page for this machine on the Janome website, I can find out exactly which feet and accessories fit with this machine - I have purchased the walking foot and overedge foot (recently, though I haven't put it to use yet). Overall, very pleased with this machine and I would highly recommend it!
UPDATE: 12/23/15: I've completed two more projects on this thing, and realized I had forgotten how much I truly love sewing! In the past, I would come up with a cool project, start off great, have tension problems (and rip several seams), fight to keep the bobbin properly threaded, and be grateful to get the project done so I could put the machine away again. I don't want to stop now! I'm already planning a new project once I complete my Christmas projects, which have been so much fun!
The only issue I've had is not paying attention and accidentally hitting the wrong button, since all of the buttons are stacked above the needle. It hasn't caused any major problems, but I have hit reverse instead of stop, and at a fast pace, run past the seam a bit. I'm not sure how else they could design it to make the buttons convenient, but separate, so I'm just chocking it up to user error.
I also wanted to mention that I had borrowed my mom's 12-ish-year-old mechanical Kenmore machine between mine breaking down and getting a new one, and when I opened up the box to the Janome, it had a very similar build/look as the Kenmore. The Janome is heavier, though, and quieter. I also think simple operations (such as the bobbin winding) are easier on the Janome. Just wanted to mention this for people who might be looking for an older-model Kenmore upgrade.
Just got this machine today to replace an old clearance model Brother with just the basics that kept giving me tension/bobbin issues all the time. Finishing up (and still yet to start) some Christmas gifts, and I was hoping to find a nicer model machine that's known for being solid. I wouldn't mind dabbling into minor quilting projects and embroidery. I've done some applique and mostly craft projects in the past, including baby items, washcloths, simple bags, etc.
I don't use my machine all the time, but when I do use it, I want to just plug and go. This machine is definitely solid-built, with some heft, and fits the bill.
After reading through the manual, I was able to figure out the bobbin winding, threading, and adjustments for the stitches. I like that each topic in the manual comes with illustrations. And, I perused the book's steps for sewing a zipper - I've never attempted that because I wasn't sure how. I'm self taught from just reading the manual for the Brother and looking up tutorials on the internet, so I did find this manual to be more comprehensive and easier to understand.
This machine is definitely much quieter than my old one (which I assumed would be the case). And super easy to use - very intuitive once you get the basic operations down.
Right now, I'm working with several layers of polar fleece, and it's sailing right through the project. I love the location of the start/stop and reverse buttons, as it's easy to quickly stop mid-project for adjustments. I also really like the adjustable speed. My previous machine had a very finicky pedal, and I rarely could get it at just the right speed. This slider is much easier to control, if I ever decide to use the foot pedal.
Once I get my projects completed, I plan to play around with it some more and try out the different stitches. I'm super excited about having a machine with the drop in bobbin, especially since I had so many problems with the shuttle case in my old machine.
I read a ton of blogs and reviews before settling on this machine. I was actually looking at the 8077, as I read they're the same and the other is cheaper, but I got this one during a lightning deal for less than the 8077. Some people (online) suggested for the money, you could get a Singer or Brother with lots more features - while that's true, I noticed people really complaining about the Singer customer service and bobbin and tension issues with the Brothers (the nightmare I'm trying to get away from), so I kept coming back to the Jamone machines. They seem to have consistent positive reviews and many people have called them "workhorse" machines. I'll take substance and reliability over glitz and glamour every time. I have a feeling this machine is everything it's cracked up to be.