Saturday, January 17, 2009

New Sewing Machine

Well it went like this. Brian tried to fix my machine, but not only was the pressor foot thingie not working (which he DID fix, YEAH BRIAN) but the timing was all off, missing stitches and it would not free motion anymore. The thing was just generally dieing. I could probably have fixed most of that by getting the full service for $90. I didn't feel it was worth it, as I did really WANT a new machine anyhow.

So I sold some of my cards, I sold some of my stamps. And today I bought this: Here it is all out of the box:
With the free motion/darning foot attached. I LOVE it. (Oh I bought the darning foot and also a 1/4 inch foot seperate.)
It's not terribly fancy. It does have a yellow flower on it, well three of them. So that's cute. Anyhow it's basic, but really sturdy. It has every feature my old machine did plus a few more. And it sews like a DREAM. And it's more quite than my old machine.
So what it has/does that my last didn't:
  • something about the threading having an extra catch that is somehow better, but I don't know why. It's a Janome thing.
  • A little drawer in the part you can remove (extension table) which can hold your extra feet and such. I'm not SURE I care about the drawer, I guess I'll get used to it.
  • the bobin cover thingie is clear so I don't suddenly run out. I LOVE this feature.
  • the feed dogs lower, so I don't need the cover I had to use on my old machine
  • all the parts just feel better, more sturdy
  • came with a seam ripper
  • came with a button hole foot, I've never done a button hole, I'll have to give it a try.
  • Oh it has two button hold feet, one is "button hole foot B" and one is "sliding button hole foot" I have NO IDEA.
  • It can hold a double needle and two spools of thread. the only thing I know you use this for is pin tucks, which I think are the most precious thing ever. I saw it on Sewing with Nancy one time. I don't have a double needle though, or a pintuck foot, but I COULD get them.
  • The whole sewing area with the extension table on is larger, great for free motion quilting.

Ok so I also bought the darning /free motion foot, and a quarter inch foot. I had no idea about the quarter inch. I'd heard the term, but my old foot was a quarter inch from the needle to the edge so I thought that was what it ment. NOPE. I now have this special foot that has a fabric guide you actually butt the fabric up against. I did some peicing for an ongoing project and it came out with perfect points. I mean on row after row. I usually get one perfect point in about 5.

So I'm a totally happy camper.

And her name is Jenny. Jenny the Janome.


Lola....L..O..L..A....lo--oh--luh! said...

I am so happy for you!! There isn't anything better than a machine that WORKS!!
She is totally adorable, and I love her name.
I am sure that Jenny and Bessie (my bernina) would be great friends!

randi---i have to say said...

Oh gosh, I am jealous! I would to own either a Janome or a Bernina someday, but my Singer keeps on going and going and going.

Happy sewing!

runningonink said...

I am so happy for you! I know you and Jenny are going to have a happy friendship for many many years! ENJOY!

Linda B said...

I think you and Jebby were meant for each other! This is a good thing you did. Expense be darned...

Tami B. said...

She is fabulous. You will love that she is quiet. If she gets louder, she needs oil. The drawer is so handy, because you never lose any feet. Enjoy your new baby. Oh, and I adore Stephen's quilt.