I’ve been on the hunt for a few months… since I finished my beginner’s sewing class and now can sew more than just straight lines!
Our class used Janome sewing machines (no idea what model) but now I want a Janome and have been searching high and low for something that is affordable and easy to use.
Too bad Costco doesn’t carry this brand (only Brother and Singer and some of them haven’t gotten good reviews on Amazon so I’m hesitant to try them out) so it limits where I can get my machine. I’ve searched on Craigslist, the one sewing store near my house (it’s $500! Yikes!) and the studio where I took my sewing classes. No luck. Well they’re available but just not in my price range.
I did notice that Overstock.com now ships to Canada — YAY!!! — but am afraid of what will happen once it crosses the border — will I be slapped with customs/duty charges which will drive up the final purchase price? Does anyone know where to get an affordable machine in Canada?
My budget is $200 – 250 but I’m not sure if I am asking for too much here or what. I know that machines are an investment and will last me hopefully forever but I’m hesitant to take the plunge. Anyone have a good recommendation for something other than a Janome? The one thing it has to have is the one step button hole feature. I tried using the button hole foot in class and it didn’t turn out so well. HAHAHA… the button holes for a little pouch I made weren’t lined up properly and one hole was about 2 inches lower than the other one.
What sewing machine do you use? Would you recommend it to a beginner sewist like me? I am only planning to start off with a few blankets and maybe some simple toys for the Pink Panda. Oh and some pillow covers for decorative pillows on the sofa. Once I have a few projects under my belt then maybe I’ll get a little adventurous and sew myself a top or dress!