As I mentioned before, I got a new sewing machine for Christmas. It's the Janome 525S and I LOVE it. My old, 15 year old Brother machine rattled and snarled and snorted every time I used it. It had straight stitch and zig zag stitch and that was all. I really did not enjoy using it and as a result hardly ever did.
The Janome is much heavier than my old machine. Solidly built, it does not feel at all cheap. It's totally stable while I work with it on my sewing table. It's a medium range machine so I've made the step up from what was a basic machine - and boy, does it make a difference.
The straight stitches are smooth, tight and without a blip. The zig zags can go from wide to nice and tight. Stitch length and width can be varied simply. I can now do free motion embroidery which is something I have wanted to do for ages. I also have a few decorative stitches so I can jazz up my projects if I feel like it. It's obviously not a top of the range machine in that it doesn't give me loads of fancy stitches . But then sewing is one of the many crafts I'm involved in so I was looking for a machine that did a little of everything in a simple and straightforward way.I do believe I found it with the Janome.
This was my first project - a note pad cover made from felt with a bondaweb design touched up with hand embroidery, free motion embroidery, silk and beads.
I recently signed up for a Craftsy Class called Stupendous Stitching:
Adventures in Surface Design and managed to work through the videos with the help of the sewing machine too. It was a really nice process. My first sample is shown below made using batik fabric, rat tail cord, machine stitching and hand embroidery. It was my first attempt but I definitely want to do more of it.
So all-in-all the Janome meets my expectations. Here's hoping I will get plenty more time to play with it over the coming months.