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Rated 5 out of 5 by SisterG All I needed and more
My 25 year old Elna finally seized up and so I was looking for a new machine with a larger table for sewing sheets and the like. I had heard good things about Janome and so selected this model based on the stellar reviews. I wasn't disappointed and though I am at best a mediocre seamstress, I have achieved much more than I ever could on my old machine.
There is a good range of feet - I especially like the hemming foot, which produces an unobtrusive neat hem, and is very easy to use. There is also an excellent range of stitches.
The machine is pretty intuitive but nonetheless has a detailed and helpful instruction manual, which repays a read through at the beginning. If I hadn't done that, I wouldn't have known of some of the features that I hadn't previously had access to.
What is also helpful is having two speeds for the foot control - the one thing that is not very apparent from the instruction manual. There is a switch on the foot pedal (low and high) so if you want a slower speed without the machine sounding like it's in agony and your ankle aching from hovering, just switch over to 'low'.
I can thoroughly recommend this sewing machine, and I feel there is still lots to explore.
17 July 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Allthumbs A new make to me!
Although new to me, Singer was me< this machine has surpased my expectations. Straight-forward to use and is being used more tham my previous machine
01 July 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by JC5989 Have come a long way since my first sewing machine
Lovely and easy to use and with so many useful functions it is such a pleasure to use.
Many thanks JC
30 June 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Appysnapper Excellent machine
I speak as someone who was drummed out of my needlework class in 1971 and have hardly touched a sewing machine since.
I had only owned my new Janome a week when I made my first pair of curtains which everyone has admired (to my face) but which I couldn't have even attempted without such a foolproof machine. I love it so much I can't wait to make my next item. The member of staff at John Lewis who sold me the machine was spot on with her advice on the correct model for my ability level.
23 June 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Swoodge Great Machine, love the updated clear bobbin cover
Great machine, needed a new update from my old singer and this is a real improvement. Janome was recommended to me and when I saw this one online and the reviews I decided to give it a go, very pleased I did.
Very easy to set up and used it straight away. The tension is great and i had no bunching up or pulling through of stitches right from the start.
Lovely to be able to use it straight off without having to read loads of instructions.
One quibble don't like the auto thread for the needle It feels a bit flimsy to me and I think i probably won't use it.
09 June 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Robins Meets my needs
Replacing my old Singer sewing machine which I had had for years I was concerned as to what to buy. I read all the reviews and spoke to various people and decided on this machine. I love it, it meets all my needs for the moment as I have just taken up sewing again. If I need to upgrade later on I will but for the moment it is great. It's not so heavy as my old machine and one of the most useful things is that I have the needle threader - very helpful! The instructions are also very user friendly. Would highly recommend.
02 June 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Jacky42 Very happy customer
My previous machine was about 30 years old when it finally refused to work. I needed a replacement quickly and visited my local John Lewis Store receiving helpful/knowledgeable advice from a member of staff. Having decided on the model I elected to collect the machine from my local Waitrose. I am extremely pleased with the purchase; the instructions are clear and the machine is easy to use. I would highly recommend it to anyone whether a beginner or experienced dressmaker.
28 April 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by carol104 Everything you need for most projects.
Bought this several years ago and did a little sewing. After a dry spell of inspiration / motivation have started a little quilting. I had the zipper foot installed. Like an idiot, I forgot, and tried a zig-zag and bent the needle!! I started shopping around for new feet and needles. It made me realise what a bargain this machine is. It comes with enough feet to meet most needs. It also has a small storage compartment. It's nice to have a complete package that you can use straight away without having to go out and buy additional products.
PS. I eventually found the accessories and now store them in the integrated drawer.
27 March 2015