As a sewing teacher i’m asked all the time to recommend sewing machines. For the entry level and Mid-range machines, you really can’t go wrong with a Janome who have a machine for all budgets and are considered market leaders in product development.
Janome has an extensive range of sewing machines from standard mechanical models to very sophisticated and powerful computerised models packed with lots of easy to use features. Sound advice is always to buy the best model you can afford at the time. There have been many advances in sewing machines over recent times making sewing easier. A modern machine can offer ease of use and help you achieve a more professional finish.
Product quality is essential, you don’t want to spend time struggling with machinery, you want to be sewing! All Janome machines are built with either a metal body or a metal internal frame to give you many years of good service. I have 7! and they’re not all the same.
If you have a budget of less than £100, I would look for a vintage machine from a dealer that offers a warrenty. That way you’ll get a lot of good functions for less cash. Please don’t buy one from e bay unless it has a warrenty! You just don’t know if the machine works
I’ve been chatting to the experts at Janome UK and have asked them to suggest some sewing machines for different types of stitchers, here’s part one of my interview on basic and mid range sewing machines
Q1- What entry level machine would you advice for a first time buyer, looking to do some simple craft, dressmaking or altering their clothes, who isn’t sure about whether they will keep up their new hobby and is on a restricted budget?
At the moment there are spring deals available across Janome dealers in the UK, and you can buy the Janome 2032 for £99 until May 31st. It’s a fantastic starter machine. Click here to find a dealer in your area
Janome model J324 is top of the J3 series range and offers the facility of variable stitch width & stitch length adjustment allowing maximum benefit from the 16 utility & 8 decorative stitches. A hard cover provides great protection when not in use. This machine will start you sewing and is suitable for dressmaking, crafting and making home furnishings.
If you can stretch the budget it’s well worth purchasing a model with a top loading jam proof bobbin mechanism such as the Janome Model 525S, the machine used recently on TV. It’s is a lightweight machine with a convertible free-arm for circular sewing. The top loading bobbin mechanism makes all the difference when learning to sew. The 525S features 24 stitches plus a fully automatic one-step buttonhole and a built in needle threader. It offers both stitch width and length adjustment and a drop feed facility for freehand embroidery and free motion quilting. The 525S also has an auto-declutch bobbin winder and is supplied with a two speed foot controller and a hard cover. This machine has previously been Voted BEST BUY by the UK’s leading consumer magazine.
Model 525S Retails at aprox £229.00 until May 31st
Q2- Which machine would you recommend to a stitcher that is looking to upgrade from a basic or old machine, who’d like more usability and functions but is still a keen home sewer not a professional, making clothes, curtains and stuff for their family and home
A computerised sewing machine will give you extra needle penetration and there are great features such as the lock stitch facility to finish off your thread ends, a needle/up down facility for pivoting on corners and some models even have an under bed cutter. Also there is no need to struggle with stitch settings as the machine will default to the correct settings for the stitch chosen with options to personalise the setting should you so wish.
Model DKS30 is probably one of the easiest to use machines ever and yet it’s packed full of great features. Every stitch has its’ individual illuminated key and there’s a NEW Easy Set bobbin system and a NEW auto bobbin thread cutter and comes with a vibrant Orange fascia to brighten your sewing mood. Retails at £499.00
Visit www.janome.co.uk to see the full range of Janome sewing machines or to find your local Janome retailer.