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The search for a new sewing machine

Well at last I have a new sewing machine. I have been agonising over this for some time but in the end “masterly inactivity” won out. That is, I didn’t do anything about it and then something really great came along that I would have missed out on had I been more diligent and active in my search.

As you may or may not know, I had a sewing machine poll on my blog. I closed this today and the results (which were a little confusing) appear to rate the following:

  1. Bernina 35% – The winner!
  2. Janome 24%
  3. Pfaff 12%
  4. Brother 10%
  5. Husqvarna 8%
  6. Singer 6%
  7. Elna 2%

So what did I buy and why?

I bought a Janome 3160 QDC. It’s only just landed in Australia and I was fortunate to get one of the very few that shipped. I only just got it home, it’s still in its box! I had a play with one though at Sewrite on Seven Hills. And by the by they are just THE most helpful, friendly and courteous Janome dealer I have found.

My new machine

My new machine

So why did I buy it? I first saw it mentioned on this decor website and was quite taken with it as it has all the features you need for both quilting and general home sewing. It also has so many “love to have” features:

  • scissors ( button that you press that cuts your threads) as well as a a one-handed thread cutter
  • needle threader
  • lock stitch
  • automatic needle up/down
  • pushbutton use (no need to use the foot pedal)
  • it’s very light and easy to carry
  • comes with a walking foot
  • comes with a patchwork foot
  • comes with an extension table
  • has a hard carry case
  • adjustable presser foot pressure
  • 60 stitches including 6 automatic button holes

My test drive

I have never in my life done machine applique. I tried it out on this machine in the store with no stabiliser and not fixing down the applique piece and it came out perfect! I was stunned. So now I have to unpack it and have a play. I’ll let you know how I go when I’ve put it through its paces. Wish me luck!

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