Janome Sew Mini 2-Stitch Sewing Machine
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- Janome Sew Mini is made in the same factory as Janome's full size sewing machines.
- The Sew Mini is a great second machine for the experienced user, a starter machine for the young enthusiast or perfect for travel.
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Janome Sew Mini is made in the same factory as Janome's full size sewing machines. The Janome SewMini has many of the same features. The Sew Mini is a great second machine for the experienced user, a starter machine for the young enthusiast or perfect for travel.
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She is also able to bring the machine to her friends houses so they can all sew together. That has been a great thing for her and her friends to get into, they also knit and crochet together.
Now this machine is not very strong. It will not go though felted items or more than 4 -5 layers of thin fabric. It also takes some adjusting to find the correct tension for your machine and to learn how the bobbin goes. At first she was very frustrated because she couldn't get the machine to operate correctly. My husband, who used to run an embroidery shop, came in and showed her how to correct her procedure and READ the manual before starting over. Once she did that she was good to go.
Overall I am very happy with the machine and she is too. I believe it is well made enough that when her younger sister is ready to start sewing that she will be able to use this machine when I get my oldest another.
Simplicity: Most people who ask me to recommend a sewing machine are moms who do not sew, and want a machine for their child. The Janome Sew Mini is so easy to use that anyone can thread it and have it running in no time.
Speed: There is only one speed on this machine. Slow. This makes it easy for little hands or inexperienced sewers to guide the fabric.
Cost: For just around $60 the machine is yours. This is good for those who are trying out sewing for the first time. The local sewing machine store rents machines for $25/day or $50/week. AFTER you learn to sew, and you like sewing and think you will want more features.....then buy the best machine you can afford.
Free Arm: The machine has a free arm for sewing casings or hems.
Warranty: Most stores will accept the machine for return within 30- 90 days. Janome will warranty the machine for 1 year. So if the machine breaks within the store warranty time, you can ship it back. If it breaks after that, Janome will repair it or replace it for free within a year, if you pay for the shipping. Know the warranty before you purchase.
Some reviews mention these cons:
No Light: If you are used to sewing with a light, you will notice that it doesn't have one. For children that are learning, they have great eyes if your room is well lit. You can also use a table lamp.
Noisy: When children are learning how to sew, the sound is a good reminder that this is a piece of machinery that is to be taken seriously.
Not Fast: This is a good thing for beginners. More expensive machines have a speed control, but the in-betweens do not.
Another con not usually mentioned in the reviews: Limited Fabric Capacity. It delivers quality stitching for up to 6 layers of lightweight fabric.This is not a heavy duty machine and will not sew all kinds of fabrics. Don't plan on hemming jeans or sewing upholstery. But again, for beginners sewing cotton fabrics (quilting cottons) it is perfect.
For best results from the Janome Sew Mini Sewing Machine, use it how it was intended. Learn to sew on it or use it as an extra machine for lightweight work. Never sew more than 6 layers of fabric at once, never sew over elastic, or other unsuitable materials.
Like others have said, about the only thing missing is a work light, but that's really a minor inconvenience.
I'm very pleased with it.