JL Mini Sewing Machine
I have no sewing skills at all but faced with shortening a very wide pair of voile curtains, I decided to take a chance and buy a simple sewing machine. The John Lewis Mini sewing machine had caught my eye some time ago, so I went ahead and ordered one on the internet. It arrived within 48 hours and is brilliant. The price is excellent for someone new to sewing and the colours are fun. It's very simple to use - the instruction manual should win an award for its clear instructions and diagrams - and I'm very pleased with my curtains! The only tricky bit is threading the needle which requires good eyesight and a steady hand.
29 June 2014
Great Little Machine
Bought for my 12 year old daughter, she's used it to make a cushion case - so far, so good. Seems easy to use and set up, ideal for a beginner. I might even have a go!
24 June 2014
JLmini sewing machine
Bought this for my granddaughters 12th birthday ,& she just loves it ,her biggest problem was deciding which color to choose.I think this is a very good starter machine .
03 June 2014
Very light, pretty, able to do all sorts of stitches. Very good value. Easy to use even for a 78 year old like me! Two things would make it even better, a built in light and a cover. A cloth cover would be fine, just something to look neat and protect it from dust. It is light and so easy to move around. Altogether a very good product indeed.
10 April 2014
I have bought this machine twice now, and both times it has broken with the same fault (the bobbin stops moving round and will not pick up the needle thread). No sewing machine repair shops know how to fix it, and it is so uneconomical to send it back to JL to fix. For such a cheap and handy machine (which is brilliant when it works) it is actually a big disappointment. Also v unsustainable to have to keep buying new machines as this is cheaper to do than to fix the original...
09 April 2014
I have brought my third machine for my mother's 80th birthday present as she finds it's simplicity, bright colours and reassurance of the brand good for her. The best bit is choosing what colour to go for. When she murders it ...I don't know how ....it's easy to replace
27 March 2014
Great Little Machine
I got this for Christmas as my first sewing machine and its a great little machine! Many people say thats its too basic but it does more than you think. Made by janome its a great make and although doesn't have as many stictching options as other machines, the variety you get for a small machine is great. I've been using mine on a weekly basis since Christmas with no problem at all. Although it doesn't have a light, it does have a reverse button which is greate for starting and finishing stitches and Janmoe accessories fit on it so the feet can be changed too. A great little starter machine.
24 March 2014
Pay more, get more
I bought this machine for my grand daughters and they love it. The bright red machine is cute and is easy to set up - excellent instructions.
The speed is quite slow so good for kids but it is noisy, not a problem here as we're noisy too!
Downsides are quite big though, especially for a machine which will be used by children. Mainly no off/on switch which is a health and safety issue. I've overcome this by taping the 2 wires together at the top and we unplug the foot pedal when it isn't being used. Also, no light, making it hard to thread the needle.
Overall, good value for money and a good first machine. You get what you pay for, after all.
24 March 2014