First up is Janome, I spoke with Geraldine Gilleen from Janome's Victorian office and asked her a range of questions regarding purchasing a sewing machine if you are a beginner.
Top tips for purchasing your first sewing machine.
- First what kind of sewing are you doing, look for a machine that has the stitches you need for your projects. For example if you love appliqué look for a machine that has a blanket stitch. This means you will be able to do appliqué with a blanket stitch or a satin stitch (zig zag)
- If you are a dressmaker/Tailor you may require a variety of buttonholes e.g. button holes for Jackets shirts, heirloom or even stretch fabric buttonholes. Buy a machine that sews a one step buttonhole they are fantastic.
- For me an important factor is to have the ability to adjust the width and length of a stitch.This way the needle can be moved while in straight mode all the way to the left and right.
- Needle up down, this is a great option to have on a machine. This allows you to choose if the machine stops with the needle up or down in your work great when doing appliqué or turning corners.
Recommended Needle life of machine needle = 8 hours pedal down time. Always change regularly
Keep machine clean and serviced regularly 12-18 moths for service.
Always use the correct needle for the fabric
Use the correct foot for the project you are sewing, and always use a good quality thread when sewing.
Cheap thread is not always a bargain, it can be hairy and leaves fluff in the tension discs
- which in the long term is not good for your machine.
Above all have fun and enjoy the experience, it’s the best way to spend any free time.
Three recommendations for machines under $600 (AUD) for beginner sewers.
The DC3040 is currently on special for $599 and it includes a free pair of scissors, walking foot (a must have) and a 1/4" foot attachment as well.
You can visit the Janome website at janome.com.au for a list of retailers in your area.