Hope everyone had a happy Thanksgiving! We had two, one Thursday with my family, and one Friday with Ben’s. Oooo, I’m so stuffed still!
And now, because I know you are all dying to know all the details on my new sewing machine, here’s a whole post about it!
After much researching, saving, and many gifts (thank you!), my new baby is nestled in its home in my sewing room: a Janome HD3000. It’s supposed to be a heavy duty machine, so I’m expecting it to work long and hard. It has a few more functions than my previous machines – it has 18 stitches, an automatic 1-step buttonhole, and needle threader.
The Saturday the machine came, I literally sat at the house all day waiting for the UPS guy to come by. I knew they wouldn’t leave it if I wasn’t there, so I sat by the window to make sure I didn’t miss them. When it finally came, with the giddiness of a 5 year old on Christmas morning, I opened all the packaging. Ben was there to temper me and make sure I didn’t get over eager and mess anything up. So, slow and steady, I got to check out my machine.
I made the decision to go with a brand other than Singer. While it’s such an established household name, it seems (based on my experience and research) that it has gone downhill in the past few decades. I discovered Janome, which, based on personal opinions, research and reviews, appears to be a great brand within a reasonable price range.
Next, I decided to go with a mechanical machine, as opposed to a computerized one. For the budget range I was looking in, I could have gotten a low-end computerized machine. But I decided I would rather have a quality mechanical machine than a low-end computerized one.
It has an awesome storage compartment on top where each presser foot has its very own spot to go. As an overly organized person, this makes me very happy. And the lid of the storage compartment has a cheat sheet for the necessary machine settings for each type of stitch. This is great so I don’t have to get the manual out to look up the settings every time I switch between stitches.
This is the needle threader. It’s a contraption that you pull down to the needle, weave the thread around, and then push a button, and it pokes the thread through the eye of the needle. While it sounds really cool, I’ve found it doesn’t always work. This could be from user error, but as it’s not a necessary thing, I just don’t bother with it. It was certainly not the reason I got the machine, and it in no way diminishes my good impression of the machine. Maybe when my eyesight gets worse it will come in handy and I’ll figure it out.
It has a top-loading bobbin with a see-through cover. The cover even has a picture of the correct way to load the bobbin, which is good cause sometimes I just forget. And the throat plate has lots of measurements markings, which is very handy as well.
Overall I’m am so thrilled with my machine! No fancy doohickies, but lots of practical little bits. The first thing I made with it were the ear warmers for my grandmother. Perhaps starting out with fleece wasn’t the best idea, but it worked beautifully. I’ve also sewn with sweater knit and cotton, and had no problems. And, while not necessary, the extra stitches include some stretch stitches that are very helpful when working with knits.
I am looking forward to making Christmas gifts over the next month, and many more projects after that.