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Sewing Machine Guide

 Guide to sewing machines

 We often get queries from people looking to buy a new sewing machine asking what the best machine for their needs is, whether that is quilting, embroidery or just a basic starter machine.  Sometimes there is so much information available about each machine the choice becomes overwhelming so we have asked the world’s largest domestic sewing machine manufacturer Janome to give us the lowdown:

Best machine for someone new to sewing ?

Voted “Best Buy” by the UK’s leading consumer magazine, the Janome 525S is a really solid mechanical sewing machine.  With 24 built-in stitches , an automatic 1-step buttonhole and an automatic needle threader, it has the ideal features required for general sewing.  Beginners will love this model as it is so easy to use.  Customers looking for an introductory level computerised model should think about the Janome CXL301.

Janome QXL605

Best machine for someone new to quilting ?

The Janome QXL605 has dedicated stitches for quilting as well as a great choice of utility and decorative stitches.  It is fully computerised so that the extra needle penetration power makes light work of bulky projects.  Additional features like the needle up/down facility, the maximum speed control and the auto lock feature ensure precision when quilting.  Some quilters like to sew alphabets in which case customers can focus on the Janome TXL607.  Both models have an optional quilting kit comprising an extension table and a set of quilting accessories, watch for promotions, sometimes the kit is included free with the machine.


Best machine for someone on a budget ?

Take a look at the Janome “J” series.  These three models ( J3-18 / J3-20 / J3-24 ) have various features and stitch packages to meet a budget purchase.  Even so, they all have an automatic needle threader built in.  Choose from 18 to 24 stitches, auto 4-step or 1-step buttonhole and a soft or hard cover.  What a choice!

Best first overlocker ?

Janome Overlocker 9300 DXThe Janome 9300DX is perfect for a first overlocker.  With 3 or 4 thread options, it has an easy lay-in threading system and a quick change rolled hem.  It has a retractable knife for decorative overlocking, plus an adjustable cutting knife to cope with any project.  It evens comes with an instructional DVD to help customers get the most from this versatile overlocker.  Customers looking for an overlocker with a 2 thread facility should consider the Janome 6234XL or more advanced features on the Janome 1200D which can even produce a Blanket Stitch edge.


Best machine for someone wanting to make their own clothes ?

Our recommendation just has to be the Janome Memory Craft 6600P.  This semi-industrial flatbed machine is a real workhorse.  It’s the professional’s choice with a great range of stitches and features including AcuFeed, Janome’s exclusive fabric control system.  Together with its extra-long arm space, this model really takes some beating.


Best machine for an experienced sewist ?Atelier 5

Whether you are dressmaking, quilting or making home furnishings, it is hard to beat the Atelier range of machines - with a total arm length of 310mm (over 12") and 210mm (8.3”) arm space right of the needle, these machines are ideal for bigger projects and yet are equally suited to precision sewing.

Best machine for an experienced quilter ?

9400QCPThe 11” arm space makes the Janome Horizon 9400 QCP an obvious choice for serious quilters and other big sewing projects.  Plus it’s powerful...reaching speeds of up to 1,060 stitches per minute.  With multiple stitches including 4 alphabet fonts and a whole host of computerised features this machine ticks all the boxes.  This machine is precision built for precision sewing and offers spectacular stitch quality.

Best machine for embroidery ?Janome embroidery machines

As a stand-alone embroidery machine the Janome Memory Craft 500E will help you create high quality, multi-coloured designs on all your sewing projects. It comes with lots of built-in designs and further designs can be downloaded from the internet.  Optional software will enable you to create or edit designs to make them unique which can then be transferred to the 500E via the USB port on the machine.


Ultimate dream machine ( if money no object ) ?

Everything just got bigger with the Janome Memory Craft 15000.   A longer arm to for those bigger projects, 280mm (11”) to the right of the needle and a massive 440mm (17.3”) in total.  Extra-wide stitches: now 9mm and larger embroidery up to 9” x 11.8” (230mm x 300mm).  It’s faster at 1,000 spm and you can choose from an incredible 91 needle positions for precision stitching.  This machine also has WiFi, links to an iPad and has its own apps! It's the fastest touch-screen machine on the market.

Janome Memory Craft 15000

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