I thought I would take a break from my sewing this lovely long Easter weekend to show you my babies, both Janomes just by co-incidence. I did not buy them together and at the time I was looking for each I wanted the best and most reliable I could get in my budget. I read lots of articles, like this one from Consumer Reports. If you Google “how to buy a sewing machine/serger” or other variations that phrase, you will get hundreds of articles! Even Craftsy has an article. I thought this one was cool too. When I was looking, the winners were Janome.
My serger is a Janome “MyLock 334”. It has seen a few years. It is my first and only serger and still running strong, although I know it is pretty basic to what is out there nowadays!
I just found the pamphlet for it. It has handwritten on it $595.00 and 16/6/90 – I guess that means it is 24 years old?
It is pretty easy to thread, being an older serger. It even has a colourful diagram attached on the inside to follow when threading. It can do a rolled hem and a couple of other edging stitches.
Now unfortunately when I just opened it up to show you I saw a whole cupful of dust, thread, fabric cuttings and goo inside my serger. Eww. Long overdue for a clean out! TIP: when blowing crap out of your machine, don’t breathe in and close your eyes! 😖 (I learned that from experience.)
There, that’s better!
My other baby, my sewing machine, is a Janome “3160 QDC”. This I purchased in December 2011.
Even though I ran fabric through it sampling all 60 stitches, I still haven’t used it to its potential when sewing my projects!
You can remove the storage box and have a free arm for sleeves or …
it also came with a quilting table and quilting accessories – the most notable of which is the “walking foot”. Now I am not a quilter, but I just had to try it all out!
Quilted placemats – which I do enjoy making.
What kind of machines do you use? New or old? Are you happy with them? Love to hear from you!