It does seem rather shocking, but there is a new sewing machine in my studio. Specifically, a machine that is not a Bernina. Most of you probably know I am a dedicated Bernina gal, having owned a variety of models for the past 40 years. But I need a machine I can recommend that is at an acceptable price point for a broader segment of parents.
Loads of you have commented on how much you love your Janome machines, and I also have several friends in my local ASG chapter who own and love Janome machines. Oddly enough, I don’t think I have had a single student come through my studio in the past 3 years with a Janome. Plenty of Brothers, and Singers, but no Janomes.
So this morning I sped out to Issaquah Sewing and Vacuum to meet with Eddie Schultz and find out firsthand about this brand. I told him I was interested in a machine that was appropriate for new sewing students, and was an alternative to the Bernina price tag without sacrificing quality.
Eddie had one thing to say: Janome DC2014. Easy to operate. Plenty of metal components under the hood to ensure quality engineering. Enough decorative stitches to intrigue old and young alike. Needle up/down. Variable needle position. A buttonhole modeled after the Bernina same-direction satin stitch technique, plus a keyhole buttonhole. Comes standard with a bunch of feet, including a walking foot. Runs smoothly and quietly. Direct current motor that ensures full power to the needle regardless of the speed of the machine.
All of this for only $499? Wowsers! I bought 2. I haven’t had a chance to test drive it myself, but one of my young students did the honors today. Let’s just say she has experienced her first love at the age of 11.