Why choose Janome?
Janome was the first sewing machine manufacturer in the world and has been producing quality sewing machines since 1936. It exports its products to over 100 countries. Janome’s products continued to evolve as the need for advanced sewing technology became more apparent. It was the first to develop a computerized machine for home use, to offer professional style embroidery, to produce a long arm quilting machine alongside the latest wireless enabled sewing and embroidery machine. All this suggests that the company is constantly evolving and striving to make your sewing experience excellent. Another great feature of Janome is that they produce their machines for any level of skills you may have – from beginners to experts in sewing.
How do you intend to use your sewing machine?
The type of sewing machine you need will depend upon how you plan to use it. If you’ll be using it often for a long period of time, then you’ll be better off with an electronic machine rather than a mechanical one. However, for occasional use, you could get the mechanical machine because it provides more control. Similarly, if you intend to embroider your garments, getting one with a variety of patterns will be better, but they are often pricier than your regular sewing machines. The power of the machine is also a huge factor as most lightweight and cheap sewing machines can’t stitch through tougher material like fur and leather. So, you need to carefully pick out the sewing machine that’ll meet your needs.
What features to look for in an ideal Janome machine?
Now, let’s have some insight into particular features you’ll have to consider when choosing the best sewing machine for your needs.
Type of machine
Mechanical – In mechanical sewing machines, you’ll have to control most of the settings yourself such as the speed and tension of the machine. You can also perform basic repairs on the machine without much of a hassle, and price-wise, it’s cheaper than electronic sewing machines.
Electronic – While electronic sewing machines are pricier than mechanical machines, they are easier to operate as most controls are automated. If you sew frequently, then an electronic sewing machine is an investment you might want to look into making. However, it would be a hassle to fix if it breaks because of all the electronic components.
Embroidery or sewing – Most electronic sewing machines feature an embroidery option. You can embroider your bed sheets, curtains, pillow cases and so on with pre-programmed designs and you can even add your own designs. Some sewing machines even let you resize, reposition and mirror your designs.
Bobbin type and winding
There are different types of bobbins and you’ll need to see which one fits your machine. There are different sizes of bobbins and they are made up of different material such as plastic, metal, aluminum and so on. If you have the incorrect bobbin, then your stitches might not stitch properly. In older machines, you’d have to thread the bobbin in a small compartment, but in modern machines, you can just slide open a panel and drop your bobbin in.
To stop thread from tangling together, the same amount of thread from the spool and the bobbin must be pulled at the same time. And, for that, you’ll need to wind your bobbin properly.
Variety of stitches available
The number of stitches varies with each sewing machine. And, there are also different types of stitches such as straight, zig zag, to even decorated stitching. In addition to the type of stitch, you can even change the maximum height and maximum width of the stitch. Generally, electronic machines have more stitch options and an easier method of shuffling through them. If you’re running a business, you’ll benefit by having more stitch options available to you.
Tension adjustment and speed control
Adjusting the tension of the thread in the machine is a crucial task. If the tension is too much, it can scrunch up the fabric, but if it’s too loose, then it might result in a loopy stitch. Most electronic sewing machines have automatic tension adjustment just to make life easier.
Speed control is another major part of sewing. The speed should be set where you can stitch in your own pace without stopping rather than stopping and readjusting your fabric every few seconds.
The needle threader is a convenient feature that makes life so much easier. Without it, you’d have to stress your eyes and try to thread a needle which can take up a lot of your time. You’ll eventually be able to do it, but that process is extremely frustrating. Well, the needle threader pulls the thread through the eye of the needle, making life easier. It’s not the feature that we deserve, but the feature that we need right now.
Power switch and safety features
As the name implies, the power switch turns the sewing machine on and off. It can also be a safety feature, and is required if you’re a bit clumsy or have kids playing around near the machine so that they don’t get hurt.
Price and warranty
Even though the price of a sewing machine depends on its features, the mechanical sewing machine often costs less than the electronic one. A good mechanical machine can easily come under $150, while a decent electronic one can cost $500, and it can even go up to $5000 for one which is jam-packed with loads of features. The electronic machines are more prone to damage, so in general, having the same warranty period is an added bonus. The general warranty period for a Janome sewing machine is 25 years.