Sewing Machine Review

I came in to a small amount of money recently and I decided, as this is unlikely to happen again in the foreseeable future, to upgrade my sewing machine.   I’ve had my new baby for a few weeks now so she has been given a good testing, so I thought I’d write about both of my machines- the basic model and the all-singing, all-dancing beast.

I originally bought myself a sewing machine two years ago, after borrowing a colleague’s to make a fancy dress outfit and falling back in love with stitching.  Although I didn’t buy an expensive model, The Brother LS14, it was a considerable outlay at that time as finances were tight.   Therefore my husband made me swear that I would use it at least once a week for 6 weeks.   It was that challenge that started me down the slippery rabbit hole of sewing obsession.

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This machine claims to have 14 stitch options but several of them are different lengths of straight stitch, or widths of zig-zag.   Having said that I never found myself lacking the stitch type I needed for all of the projects I made over 2 years.   There was a silly moment, bourne out of my lack of sewing experience at the time, when I returned my machine to the shop and got a replacement as I thought the tension dials had become faulty.   What I realised later was that this was not the case- it had just been skipping stitches as I hadn’t used the correct combination of needle, thread, tension and fabric.   However, the replacement of the machine did mean that I had a new screwdriver, having lost mine early on under the sofa somewhere.

This machine tackled everything I asked of it and I never had any troubles with it.   The only reason I changed was that my sewing abilities had improved and I wanted a machine with options of different settings that the Brother didn’t have.

When the time came to upgrade I ummed and ahhed for a while and finally settled on this beauty, the Janome DKS100. What a difference this has made to my life.   Not only does it have the option to backstitch, it also has a built in locking stitch and a pre-programmed stitch that automatically does the locking stitch at the beginning and end of the seams for you.   Utter genius as I so often forget to backstitch at the beginning.   When you take your foot off the pedal it automatically stops in the needle down position and there is a handy button to lower the needle before you start stitching- No more fiddling around with the hand wheel- in fact I don’t think I’ve touched that since I bought it.
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The foot control my Janome came with initially was faulty- it was trying to run off with itself when my foot wasn’t on the pedal.   I realised this halfway through making a skirt and Tobi asked how on earth I was going to complete my project. “Easy peasey” I responded and unplugged the foot control and used the start/stop button and the speed control to finish my garment.

There’s so many features of this machine that I love but what I didn’t really expect was that it would make sewing so much easier, smoother and quieter.   My four-year old son, Eli, hates loud noises- he can’t stand it when I get the overlocker out, but he doesn’t even comment when the Janome comes out.   It’s so quiet you can easily have a conversation whilst stitching and I definitely can’t say that for the overlocker.

Obviously I haven’t tried every sewing machine on the market but I can say that I love my Janome and I’m so pleased about the decision I made.   I keep my fingers crossed for many more years of easy sewing.

 

Disclaimer: I was not asked to review these machines by anyone and the opinions are all my own.   The Brother LS14 is available from other sites but the one I have included is NOT an affiliate link.

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5 thoughts on “Sewing Machine Review

  1. I love my Janome so much. They make great machines. Mine is pretty basic, yet it flies through denim and even upholstery projects without a hitch. Actually, my repair guy’s motto is, I’ll fix any machine, but I’ll only sell a Janome!

    • I ummed and ahhhed between the Janome and a bernina. Would have had to pay another £150 for the bernina on top of what I spent on the janome to get the same features. I’m so pleased with my choice and it’s great for teaching my daughter as she can use the stop/start button as she can’t reach the foot control pedal.

  2. Hi I found your site looking for reviews of this janome sewing machine. I am thinking about getting an upgrade and am torn between the pfaff passport 2.0 and the DKS100. Your review has been helpful – do you think you get a better finish with things you make now youve upgraded?

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