Janome 9200D Overlocker Sewing Machine
Amazing machine - don't hesitate to buy one!
This is my first foray into the wonderful world of overlockers and I must say the Janome 9200D is fantastic, even though I was rather scared of it at first.
Overlockers operate rather differently to normal sewing machines and I'd advise spending time watching the DVD and fathoming out how to use it.
I agree with the earlier review about the complexity of threading, particularly the lower looper, and would recommend having the DVD footage playing beside the overlocker, with the manual open at the appropriate page. It is fiddly and it took me a while to figure out but it was hugely satisfying when it all worked fine! A torch would be helpful, as would an osteopath (I was bending and twisting around trying to thread it#!
The earlier suggestion to tie new thread to old, letting it feed through and cutting the knot just before threading the needles #where applicable) is an excellent one but actually threading it from scratch will get faster with practice and will help with troubleshooting if there is a problem.
I'm currently trying to master the basics, creating all manner of things using scraps of fabric.
A dust cover would have been useful - but I made one for my first project, so I don't need one!
I think it would be great if John Lewis could stock a set of the most popular attachments as a set.
The Janome 9200D is a well-priced, robust, yet compact machine. I'm sure it will prove to be a priceless asset to use alongside my sewing machine. It will give a professional finish to whatever I make and I know it will take my sewing to the next level.
17 June 2014
How did I ever manage without it
I am a keen sewer and have always used the zig zag on my machine for neating edges, it was ok but not really a satisfactory finish. This overlocker is a little gem. I am making baby clothes and this overlocker gives a perfect professional finish to the seams. I haven't yet to re thread as the machine comes threaded but having watched the DVD it explains the procedure step by step.
14 June 2014
A good investment
I have thought about buying an overlocker for many years and so glad that I now finally have one. The good price finally persuaded me I have been using it all weekend and find it such a joy to use. As a previous reviewer mentioned, try not to let the thread run out completed because it can be a bit awkward to thread and after several attempts I eventually got there. When the second spool was getting low I was not going to get caught out again and managed to join in a new thread. It was so much easier. It gives a very professional finish and will be well used in the future.
11 May 2014
Very easy to use and compact. Easy to thread following the coloured guides.
08 May 2014
I've wanted one of these for ages and it doesn't disappoint! This is an excellent price for a quality machine.
23 April 2014
great piece of sturdy engineering!
I have used many overlocker/sergeing machines in the past, this one is a little gem for a domestic machine.
05 February 2014
Fabulous machine, gives a really professional Finnish.
29 January 2014
loked the product
I have many years experience in using overlocker sewing machines,both industrial and domestic. I found the Janome machine easy to use,and easier to thread if necessary, than other machines that I have used. It was a nice feature that the machine came already threaded, which meant that I could practice using it as soon as I opened the box. The machine gives a good quality stitch. The instructions were easy to read and follow. I highly recommend this machine.
15 January 2014