I have been waiting to make this post for a while now. This is the beginning of an exciting adventure for me!!
Regular blog readers will know that I’ve been in the market for a new sewing machine for a while now. On Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and here – I’ve been asking for your advice:
- What should I look for?
- What do you use for sewing?
- Why did you choose it?
- How did you buy it?
- How long have you had your existing machine for?
I’ve listened and really appreciated all your responses! And I’ve also done LOTS research on my own (I’m such an A-type personality – would you like to see my lists??).
During this time I’ve come to learn about a unique new opportunity for us Canadians! Perhaps you’ve heard about it?
It’s called Janome Shop-At-Home (SAH) and it’s a fabulous new concept. With most sewing machines, the traditional path to purchase a new sewing machine has been through a local dealer. Our local fabric stores and sewing machine dealers are still so very important (so please – support our local stores!) but consumers are making purchasing decisions differently these days. We google. We go online. We use social media. Janome Canada recognizes this and has created a unique new opportunity – the SAH experience!
The wonderful people at Janome Canada have asked me to help share this experience with you! Over the next few weeks, I’m going to take you through SAH and a few of the machines they have to offer on their online site.
The Janome Shop-At-Home website is really a great site. Not only can you get a detailed look at the machines they offer online but there are lots of valuable sewing resources and tips on the site as well. One of the resources on their website, in addition to the great videos, was the comparison feature. When I was looking at what models to choose, this helped me understand what set the different models apart from one another.
The machines I will be reviewing were picked up directly from my local Janome dealer – Quilt-As-Desired. I’ll tell you a little bit more about this lovely local sewing store in the weeks to come but if you live in Winnipeg and you sew, and even if you don’t sew, or you sew but don’t live in Winnipeg – you have probably heard of Quilt-As-Desired. They are to Winnipeg like Jennie’s Cake and Rye Bread (yes – it all comes back to food with me). Rob and Kelly have been owners of this store out on Pembina Highway for nine years (the store itself has been around for much longer than that). They are the only authorized Janome dealer in Winnipeg.
Did you know…
Statistics say sewing is on the rise again. Shows like Project Runway and home makeover shows have brought a renewed interested in DIY and in brining the craft of sewing back in popularity. And the internet creates community in a whole new way for this audience. Pinterest is becoming a hobby of mine all in itself!
One quote I read said, “sewing ethusiasts are no longer sewing because they have to, they are sewing because they want to.”
I think that is so true! And so me! Why do you sew? How do you find time to work sewing into your busy modern life?
So now I have these little babies in my dining room (which is where I tend to do most of my sewing).
I have already opened one of the boxes already – but I’ll tell you more about that later this week. Until then, I have a little (a big??) contest for you! I hope you’ll follow along with me as I immerse myself in the Jamone-SAH experience because at the end of my research project I’m going to pick one of these machines to be my very own AND… one lucky blog reader will also receive a Janome Juno G1218!!
Enter using Rafflecopter! Good luck!
As part of my Janome SAH experience I will be receiving a Janome Juno sewing machine.
All views expressed here are my own.