Somehow this Whitney Houston song popped into my head today as I was thinking about my Janome Shop-at-Home (SAH) journey and considering HOW will I ever know which sewing machine is the one for me? (And if you’re not old enough to get that reference, well… I have no words… and now I feel old.)
For the past few weeks, I’ve been doing my research and considering my options for a new sewing machine with the help of the Janome SAH. If you’re new to the Janome Shop-at-Home site – it’s a Canadian opportunity for sewists looking for a new machine to purchase one online and from the comfort of their own home (aka – in their pyjamas).
There’s a wealth of information on the Janome Shop-at-Home site – tutorials, complete overviews of ALL the machines, and even comparison guides. It’s super helpful.
Thanks to the wonderful people at Janome SAH, I’ve had the added benefit of being able to spend some time actually using these machines and seeing first hand what they are all about. I’ve thought that the two I’ve been working on so far (the G1212 and the J1250) have been fabulous. They each have their own competencies!
The 1212 is the all-mechanical workhorse!
The J1250 is perfect for the all-around crafter who needs a few more extra capabilities.
And both were super quick to take out of the box and get sewing!
And I can’t. hardly. wait. to get going on the Juno M1250Q.
This is the most advanced on the Janome Shop-at-Home line and the variety of stitches and accessories are just amazing!!
But all this gets me back to thinking – how does one choose a sewing machine? What questions must you consider? How do you narrow down your focus? Or do you just follow your instinct? Or choose whatever looks bright and shiny??
Some things to consider…
Being the A-type person that I am, I thought that a list might be helpful in narrowing down my choices. So, here are some things to consider when purchasing a new sewing machine:
- What will you be using the machine for?
- Minor clothing alterations (i.e. hemming)
- Crafts – paper or fabric, or both?
- Sewing your own clothes?
- Home decor?
- Something else?
- Do you have a designated area for sewing?
- How big is that area?
- Will you be moving around from space to space occasionally? There is a different in weight and size among machines – even in the three I’m considering, there is definitely a difference!
- What would you say is your skill level?
- Where would you like to be with your sewing skills?
- Mechanical machines are generally less “complicated” in terms of set-up and overall maintence. Although a lot of new computerized machines are much more intuitive than ever before!
- What is your budget for your new machine? Sorry – I had to ask the money question. But these machines are surprisingly VERY affordable!
A few additional notes:
- I think it’s good to ask around. Find out what other sewists use. Ask them how long they have been using their machines for. What would they say are the pros and cons of their current machine?
- Make yourself a list! Not only of what you want, but a comparison chart of how the machines you are considering stack up against one another. (And check out the comparison list on the Janome Shop-at-Home site.)
Built to last…
Can I just say a quick word about the Janome name in general?
I came to know about Janome because my Mom had a Janome sewing machine. It’s her pride and joy. Whenever she used to let me borrow it she kept close tabs on it (hmmmm… I’m not sure why that is! LOL!).
These machines are built to last! My Dad actually just purchased this machine at our local thrift shop. It’s it a beaut!
Anyone live close to Findlay’s?
How did you know?
I’m really curious – how did you come to have your current sewing machine? Was it a gift? A hand-me-down? A long and thought out purchase? Are you in the market for a new sewing machine? What are your criteria for this new purchase?
But wait, there’s more…
The wonderful people at Janome Shop-at-Home are allowing me to give away a brand new Janome June G1218. Just follow the rafflecopter prompts below. Draw will take place on September 11, 2013! Good luck!
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Full disclosure: I have not been financially compensated for this post. As part of my Janome SAH experience I will get to keep one of the Janome Juno sewing machines, but I promise you this — all views expressed here are my own.