Monday, September 29, 2014
Monday, August 5, 2013
Sticky Tack) to keep the wrench stuck to the machine. This way, it's always here when I need it.
So, those are my girls. Together, we make beautiful things. Although there are lots of other machines out there that I *could* happily add to my arsenal, these four ladies are what I really need for what I love to do.
So, how many machines would make you feel content? Do you think a serger is essential? What about a coverstitch? What machine(s) can you not live without?
Monday, March 29, 2010
Now I just have to play with all her feet, cams, attachments and (cackles with glee) the buttonholer! I have seen some beautiful buttonholes made on vintage machines. I love Janome, but her performance in the buttonhole department is lackluster at best. I can't wait to see how the Singer performs.
She needs a name...
Saturday, March 20, 2010
I need to go get some oil and get her back into fighting trim. She's going to be so fun to play with!
Saturday, August 8, 2009
I've never really played with a machine this old before. She is completely mechanical, without even electronic thread uptake or stitch selection. She also has a front loading bobbin, which I've not had any experience with. And, naturally, there wasn't a manual and the Internet failed me. There was not one to be had. So, I had to wing it. First was a thorough cleaning. Some past user had gotten a giant thread jam caught in her feed dogs, so I cleaned that out, dusted out all the lint, and took a stab at threading her. It took a few tries, but eventually I figured it out, and she sews!
Look at all these cool stitches!!
I had to try some of them out. I especially love the honeycomb stitch. Janome doesn't have that one. *pout*
it was my first hit on google! (you were second)
ETA (12/31/11) Unfortunately, the Dutch manual has been lost in a computer crash, but I have since gotten my hands on the manual in English. If you would like a copy, I would be happy to email it to you.
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
What brand and model do you have?
She is a Janome 4623 LE Plus.
How long have you had it?
Since Christmas 2002 (wow, 7 years!)
How much does that machine cost (approximately)?
It is no longer available for sale new, but I found a new one on ebay for $300.
What types of things do you sew (i.e. quilting, clothing, handbags, home dec projects, etc.)?
I mostly make clothing for my family, particularly my kiddos, but occasionally make a bag, apron or pillow. I make pleated ring slings, for which she sews through 8-12 layers of broadcloth or 6-8 of twill. I have also sewn leather and "pleather" with her and there is a tent in our garage that needs mending. We'll get to that.
How much do you sew? How much wear and tear does the machine get?
Every day, if possible!! I probably average about an hour a day, but it is very variable. Sometimes, only a few minutes. Depends on the kids.
Do you like/love/hate your machine? Are you ambivalent? Passionate? Does she have a name?
I LOVE my machine! While she isn't perfect, I know all of her little bugs and we get along well. She hasn't failed me yet! She doesn't have a name, per se. That is, I don't call her Beatrice or Claire, but I refer to her as "Janome", as in "Janome and I are due for some quality time."
What features does your machine have that work well for you?
I like the top loading bobbin with clear case, so I can see how much thread I have left. She also has a needle position control, so I can set the needle to up or down, which is great for pivoting at corners. She came with all the feet you see here, and I love that they all store nicely in the machine. There is also a little slot that fits a packet of needles. She has variable speed control, which is especially useful when my small fry are underfoot (literally) and push down on the pedal.
Is there anything that drives you nuts about your machine?
She's a bit finicky about thread. If I always use Metrosene, we are fine, but a few projects with cheap thread and she gums up and skips stitches. Very annoying.
Do you have a great story to share about your machine (i.e., Found it under the Christmas tree? Dropped it on the kitchen floor? Sewed your fingernail to your zipper?, Got it from your Great Grandma?, etc.!)? We want to hear it!
My machine was a Christmas present from my hubby for our second Christmas together. He took my mother (who has been sewing for 30+ years, has a degree in textiles and in an Extension agent) to find her. He and Mom combed the entire city of Houston, looking at machines, trying out machines, sewing on machines, until they found Janome at a sewing shop on the north side of town about an hour from our home.
Would you recommend the machine to others? Why?
Absolutely! She is a great machine, particularly for a new sewer. She has all the features that make sewing easy and while she isn't fancy, she is also not hard to use.
What factors do you think are important to consider when looking for a new machine?
Features, obviously. It has to do what you need it to do. I think the brand track record is important as well as your comfort with the machine. Always sew on a machine before you buy. You want to get it's "feel".
Do you have a dream machine?
While I do not have a brand or model specific, since I haven't done any research yet, I do very much want a machine with embroidery capability. I'd also really love a serger. I'm not sure which one is higher priority for me right now. Either one would make me sublimely happy!