Thursday, December 26, 2013

a solid, Basic Sewing Machine {review + giveaway}

Can you recommend a sewing machine?  It's a question I hear often and one for which I've wished I had a good answer.  I currently sew on the Juki TL2010Q.  I adore this machine, but it's a pretty high price point for a beginner.  If you're getting started with sewing or quilting, you should be looking for something simple and reliable.  You don't need a million stitches or a fancy touch screen readout.  In fact, more complex computerized features are actually a liability - if you don't need them, they're just something else that can break and get in the way of real sewing.

So what do you need and what won't you use?  I think those shopping for their first machine are asking for help precisely because they don't know.  Of course!  Now I don't really know what you personally will need, but I can make some general informed guesses.

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I told my sponsor Sew Vac Direct what I'd be looking for in a solid, basic sewing machine and they sent me some ideas.  I picked out the Janome HD3000 to test drive for you.  Today I'm sharing a review of that machine and giving my test model away!

My first rule of thumb is to avoid buying a computerized machine.  Just as computers need replacing fairly option and are prone to silly malfunctions, a computerized machine will need more repairs and maintenance than a non-computerized machine.

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The Janome HD3000 has just 18 stitches (plenty!), including the 2 that you really need = straight stitch and zigzag stitch.  Unlike a computerized machine, you'll control stitch selections, stitch length and stitch width with manual nobs.  No biggie.  They work and they don't break!

To sew in reverse, which is vital for locking stitches, you use that big lever below the HD-3000 label.  I much prefer a physical lever to a computerized button that must be touched to activate and to deactivate.  You see I used to sew on a highly computerized Pfaff.  I feel like the lever increases precision.

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Up here the thread rests in an internal cavity.  At right is a spot to store sewing feet, so that they're quite handy, and farther right is the bobbin winder.  I had no trouble at all winding bobbins.

 Janome HD3000 from SewVacDirect

After threading the HD3000, you can close the door at the top so that the thread cavity is contained.  Seems like a neat way to keep out the dust!

I received this machine to test in November and made several projects with it.  I made kids pajamas to test sewing with flannel and making buttonholes.  I pieced most of my sawtooth stars on this machine.  It chain-pieced without "eating" fabric.  I did notice two inconveniences.

1.  the needle stops in all sorts of positions (not always up or down).  Sometimes you'll have to turn the hand wheel before taking out your project.  This machine does not have a needle up/down setting.  Such a setting is definitely helpful for sewing curves, but one can get on without it.

2.  the machine will unthread itself at the needle if you do not leave a generous thread tail.  I am used to my Juki, which almost never unthreads itself, even with a very short tail.  Pulling the thread a little longer is just a habit I'd have to acquire with this machine.  

I also straight-stitch quilted on the Janome HD3000, with the stitch length set at maximum.  The stitch quality was nice.  My husband asked me if I like this one as well as my Juki... and I laughed!  No, of course not!  Seriously, the Juki is like a super-machine.  But this one is a third of the price.  And one needs a machine like this to accompany the Juki anyways, for the zigzag and buttonhole functions.  Yes, I did use the Janome to sew some zigzag binding.  Went beautifully!

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Another features this machine does not have is speed control, which is great for allowing children to sew.  So the two features it "lacks" are needle up/down and speed control.  Those are truly helpful, but not essential.  If faced with the choice of buying a computerized machine or skipping these features, I truly think you are better off skipping them.

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Oh, one more thing - the cover!  I usually throw away the vinyl covers that come with machines, but this one comes with a hard plastic cover.  The foot peddle/power cord can be wrapped up and placed into the harp space, then you put on the cover.  The carry handle pops up through the cover, making this machine SO convenient for traveling.  Everything is contained and safe!

If you're interested in buyin your first machine or moving on from a high-maintenance, frustrating experience, I do recommend the Janome HD3000.  Right now it comes with an extended 5 Year Warranty from Sew Vac Direct.  They have great customer service for handling your repairs.  You pay the shipping to them for warrantied service and they pay the shipping back to you.  It doesn't take long either, in my experience!

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The folks at Sew Vac Direct are giving away the machine I tested and signed.  Since we'll be shipping this machine to your door, only U.S. addresses please.  I'm hoping someone will find themselves sewing a lot more in the new year thanks to a new, reliable machine!   Add your comment to enter, now through January 1st.  I draw a winner on January 2nd.

Good luck!

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And our very lucky winner is #22 - Carla Lowe.  I'm trying to reach you, Carla, via Google Hangouts.  Enjoy your new Janome!

520 comments:

  1. Very cool! I am still sewing on a very basic machine... this would be great!

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  2. Thanks for the opportunity! It looks like a wonderful machine!

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  3. Here.

    ps. I love your blog. I'm jealous that you stay home and make beautiful things all day!

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  4. I'd love to throw my hat in the ring - I love my current machine, but a non-computerized, basic sewing machine would be lovely for simple patchwork.

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  5. Oh wow. What a great opportunity! I would love ot try this and probably pass it on to a beginner! Thank you so much for your review.

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  6. I'd love to win this machine for my daughter who is learning to sew and quilt finally. The machine she has is very low end and makes learning difficult because you are fighting with the machine so much. She would love to make clothes for her 2 young daughters and a quilt.

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  7. Great review!! I love Janomes! I have a Janome QDC 4030 and LOVE it!! I'd pass this on to my 15 yr. old daughter who's sewing on a cheap Brother with multiple issues.... lol! She'd LOVE this one!

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  8. What a great giveaway! Thanks!

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  9. Looks like a great machine, would love to win it!

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  10. Looks like a great little machine! Thanks for the review!

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  11. This looks like a great machine! Thanks!

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  12. What a good review. I think all beginner sewists need a good machine that will get them off to a great start. Too many times, they start with a cheap-o machine and then get frustrated and think they don't like to sew. What a wonderful opportunity to win a great machine! Thanks!

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  13. Oh, for a good basic sewing machine. What joy!

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  14. I would love to win this nice sewing machine.
    Thanks,
    Peggy
    Peggy_verdongibbs@att.net

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  15. This looks like the perfect beginner machine.

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  16. Cool! I'm really frustrated with my computerized machine currently.

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  17. Hard covers are so handy. Sounds like a really nice machine and getting use to not having the needle up/down feature just takes a little bit of practice. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  18. Thanks for the review! I'd love to win the machine.

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  19. Wow -- a machine giveaway! This would be incredible, as I'm sewing on the much more basic machine that I got over a decade ago. It's holding up well, but the stitch quality leaves something to be desired. Thanks for the review and thanks to both you and Sew Vac Direct for the chance to win!

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  20. Thank you for your review! I've been researching new machines and this post has been helpful.

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  21. I was one of those question askers. Thanks for the review!

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  22. Thanks for the review! Looks like a great machine for teaching others to sew with as well.

    sew4given AT aol DOT com

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  23. This would be wonderful for my friend I am about to teach to sew! she needs something simple but reliable.

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  24. I agree with you, Rachel. Well written. A most excellent review. Thank you.

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  25. Very nice! Looks like a good machine.

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  26. Thanks for the review. I'm currently saving my pennies to buy a new machine for myself. I'm not sure what I want yet, but I think I am definitely leaning toward a non-computerized machine. So I appreciate your comments to that end.

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  27. Great giveaway! Looks like a great machine!
    Deebriese@yahoo.com

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  28. Oh my goodness!!!
    This is a wonderful giveaway:-) I would love to win a new machine!!!! I have been sewing almost 2 years and I'm using an old machine that my husband brought home from a yard sale. I would love to own a newer sewing machine now that I have totally fell in love with quilting/sewing!
    FINGERS CROSSED:-)
    Thank You, Jessica
    juceyj03@gmail.com

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  29. Thank you so much for this review! Sometimes the advice "it depends on what you'll need" is so frustrating. How do you know what you don't know! It's great to have a basic, solid machine to start with.

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  30. Wow! What a giveaway. I really need a very simple zig zag.

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  31. Thanks for the great giveaway! I'd love to have a few of those neat stitches. My basic machine literally only does straight and zig zag stitches.

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  32. Thanks for the great review. The needle-down function & the knee lift are 2 things I never had on previous sewing machines, but they're 2 things I use all the time & couldn't live without. Thanks for the chance to win too.

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  33. This would be perfect for teaching my niece and my daughter!

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  34. Wow! This would be an awesome machine to take to classes and retreats...thanks for hosting this give-away!

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  35. Amazing giveaway! Thanks for the honest review. I was just looking at new machines and feeling overwhelmed by all the options!

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  36. Wonderful review would live to win this machine and sew up a stirm

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  37. Wonderful review would live to win this machine and sew up a stirm

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  38. Very cool. I have been wondering about a basic yet good quality machine.

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  39. Thanks so much for the chance to win. Happy holidays!

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  40. This is such a great giveaway! I would love to have this beautiful machine: my granddaughter wants to learn to sew. Thank you.

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  41. This is such a great giveaway! I would love to have this beautiful machine: my granddaughter wants to learn to sew. Thank you.

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  42. Thanks for the chance to win! This would be a step up from my current machine, even.

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  43. Great review, if by chance I get extremely lucky and win this baby I would gift it to my daughter so we can create together!

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  44. I enjoyed your well thought out and thorough review.

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  45. It's nice to have an unbiased opinion, thanks. I wish I had this information years ago. I am completely low tech, I don't think you can get lower. I wasn't aware that my iPad had an off switch. (My 14 yr old son will NEVER let me live down). This sounds like the perfect machine for piecing and more. Thanks for the very generous giveaway! Good luck everyone!!!

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  46. Would love to have this machine to give to one of my daughters who wants to quilt!!! Thanks and happy. New year!!

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  47. I would love to win this as the big box cheapie I learned on, is slowly dying.

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  48. I am currently sewing on a 40 year old Kenmore (which is a workhorse, but I want something a little newer for faster piecing). This is a great giveaway!

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  49. I would love this - my first poor computerized machine is slowly going by the wayside. I need a new one to replace it. I have been looking, and haven't settled on one yet (mainly because of money )

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  50. What a generous giveaway! I've taken on my first quilting student and have another waiting in the wings. It would be great to have a machine on hand so we could sew together, and since I'm using a basic brother, I wouldn't be surprised if I switched over to this machine for myself too, especially for straight line quilting.

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  51. Incredible giveaway. Happy New Year! For my niece to learn to sew like her Tia.

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  52. Best giveaway ever! A sewing machine? Wow!

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  53. What an awesome giveaway! Thanks for the chance! I, too, use a Juki and love it so much. But every now and then I'd love to be able to do a zig-zag! lol

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  54. What a fabulous giveaway! Thanks so much for the chance to WIN! :)
    heatheranne99@gmail.com

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  55. Great giveaway! My mom wants to get back in to sewing and this would be perfect!

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  56. Wow! I would love to win this machine (it has 16 more stitches than mine does!)

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  57. What a great, thorough review! Thanks for the information and a great giveaway!

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  58. Wow! Very generous of you and your sponsor! I took some vacation time from work for the holidays and I was hoping to sew but my sewing machine isn't working right. I can't figure out what's wrong. It's a computerized machine and now I want something more basic just for quilting. Your review came at a perfect time!

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  59. What a great opportunity to upgrade to a workhorse. Thank you SewVac Direct for donating this machine. I would love to win it.

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  60. What a great review! It sure is difficult choosing something like a sewing machine, but its great to hear reviews.

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  61. What a lovely giveaway. Thanks for the review! If I won I would probably gift to a friend that has been wanting to learn how to sew. :-)

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  62. good review - would be fun to win a machine, then I would have one as a backup when mine goes in for service - or one to easily take to classes.

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  63. I've heard Janome is a fantastic machine. Thanks so much for a chance to win! Somebody will have a wonderful New Year when their number is drawn!

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  64. I would love to win this machine! I am currently sewing on a very old Kenmore which does not take a walking foot (Kenmore does make walking feet but they are not compatible with this older series model) - this makes a lot of projects very time-consuming (since e.g. to sew on binding I first have to baste the binding all around the edge with a whip stitch, otherwise everything shifts around too much).

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  65. That seems like a very good machine. Please enter my name to win. THanks!

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  66. My machine of 12 years finally gave up...this would be so great to have, especially since it comes so recommended! Thank you!

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  67. a dependable,basic machine would be a blessing.Thanks for the chance to own this one...

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  68. I gave my machine away when my daughter was a baby because the sound upset her. I took up hand sewing. She's six now, and I really miss machine sewing! I'd love to get a machine again so I could prettify my apartment and make dresses for my kid!

    msmaryjenkins@gmail.com

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  69. I'm not a high end kind of gal, so this machine sounds just perfect!

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  70. Sounds like a great basic machine! What a nice giveaway!

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  71. I have been sewing on the same ultra basic machine for 20 something years. Having started making quilts in the last year, it is showing it's age quickly. This is exactly the kind of machine I've been looking for! :)

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  72. What a wonderful giveaway! I would love to win a new machine.

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  73. What a nice giveaway. Thank you for the opportunity.

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  74. This is such a generous give away. My Pfaff, which I love, is just about to bite the bullet and go to quilters heaven, so I am in the market for new machine. Thanks for the review and the first of the year I have to start looking.

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  75. I would love this machine. I'm in Canada but my in-laws are in the states and would be able to get it to me if I was lucky enough to win. Thanks for the chance!

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  76. Oh, thank you for offering up this machine! I love that top compartment. My machine does not often get put away so dust does accumulate, especially in a house in the woods with a woodstove for heat. The cover looks easy to clean as well.

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  77. This would be a great machine for classes! Thanks for the chance!

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  78. thanks for the review. i use a Janome and think its a great machine

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  79. Thanks for the reviews. I've been in the market for a new machine for a while now. Would be lovely to win. Thanks for the giveaway.
    twelve30(at)gmail(dot)com

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  80. WOW ! Merry Christmas & Happy New Year all rolled up into a GREAT giveaway Throw my name in the hat please : )

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  81. Well thanks to you and them! If I won I would have a blast test driving and comparing to my other good basic machine, I have a couple people who would be glad to give the "loser" a home!

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  82. I am in need of a new machine and far from saving enough! I would love to win. Thanks for the chance!

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  83. I would love a new sewing machine. Merry Christmas.
    red_murray2@yahoo.com

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  84. Just started quilting and am using a friends old Kenmore, this would be
    wonderful to win. Thanks for the generous offer....Marilyn R.
    calash1@hotmail.com

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  85. I think every quilter needs a new machine. Thanks for the Great Giveaway would love to win one

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  86. I still sew on my Singer Golden Touch & Sew, that my parents gave me 40 years ago for graduation! I love everything about it and dread getting a new one, although I know I probably should, especially since I want to start quilting.

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  87. Winning this puppy would be lifesaver! The manual machine I usually sew on has been on-and-off again on the fritz. I've been using my SIL's back-up basic Singer in crunch times. Having a back-up of my own would be crucial. That way I won't have to impede on using others and my WIP production line won't ever be halted. Thanks for the opportunity :)

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  88. Wow. I think all the bells and whistles equal costly repairs. Keep that 1/4 tape on lol!

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  89. I would love to have this machine for my dil who has just taken up quilting. Right now she can only sew when she comes to my house.

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  90. What a fabulous giveaway. Thanks for the chance!

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  91. this would be about 110 steps up from what i am currently sewing on...

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  92. That is a great review, honestly telling us what you like and don't like about it. Sounds like a great machine. Thank you and Sew Vac Direct for the giveaway.

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  93. This looks like a great machine. Thanks for review.

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  94. Elpful review. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  95. Thanks for the honest review. Like many others I have been recently looking at new machines. For me, I'd like a second, basic machine to piece on while my main one is set up for free motion quilting. I just started FMQing and I hate having to continually switch out the foot, to work on something else. Thanks for the opportunity to win. And thanks to SewVac Direct as well.
    dragonfly9716 (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  96. Very helpful review. I do always wonder what machine the bloggers, I follow, use. I would love to win this machine!

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  97. Thanks for the chance to win a new machine!

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  98. I'd love to win! Your review is very helpful. Thanks for taking the time to do that!

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  99. Thanks for the review and chance to win!

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  100. oh my. This would be a dream come true.I am sewing on an old Kenmore that I bought 31 years ago. I would love to win this machine. For a girl who got slippers for Christmas this would be a dream come true. Thanks for the chance.

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  101. OMG! This is the machine I have been looking at as a secondary machine! I have a Janome 1600P-QC(I love,love,love) but it's only a straight stitcher. Pick me,pick me!!!

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  102. Great review Rachel! I currently have an even more basic Janome and I love it! They seem to be well made, and I've never lacked for the power to sew through any project...even Amy Butler purse patterns! I'm ready for an upgrade, but currently my wallet is not :o) Thanks for a chance to win this machine!

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  103. This was a great review an boy would I like to win this machine, and then to have it signed by you... My favorite blogger!! Oh yes.

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  104. I have a 45 yr+ New Home and she is the sweetest machine - couldn't part with her for anything. No, you dont need all the bells and whistles - I see so many new quilters buy these expensive, excessively fancy machines and then just use the straight stitch.

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  105. Would love to have this machine for my daughters to sew on! Wonderful review. I agree that a first time machine doesn't need all the bells and whistles.:)

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  106. A wonderful machine for basic sewing. My son in law would love it.

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  107. What a great review!! Thank you so much for sharing what to look for in a machine! I like your suggestion of getting a non-computerized machine too - that makes so much sense. Hope you had a nice holiday too!
    Dawn
    array-dawn at cox dot net

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  108. I would love this machine, I don't have one yet. Thanks!
    Kellywcu8888ATgmailDOTcom

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  109. I totally agree about the non-computerized machine. My close-to-the-top computerized Brother machine died on me last week (the head needs to be replaced and just to get it looked at will be $200. And then the part & labor... Ugh!). I love this machine, but not enough to spend $$$ on it to just get it fixed. So we spent the money and bought an industrial machine! The way I blow through machines, this investment made more sense.

    Happy New Year Rachel!

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    1. I suppose I should add, that if I won this machine, I would give it to my eldest daughter, who's interest in all things sewing is growing and growing!

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  110. I would love to be able to give my daughter-in-law a nice machine. She is interested in sewing, but doesn't have one. What a wonderful New Year's gift that would be. Thanks.

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  111. Thanks so much for reviewing this machine. As a beginning quilter, this sounds perfect for me!
    mls.bartholomew [at] gmail

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  112. Wow! What a great give-a-way. My machine is awful and have been trying to figure out a nice basic machine to replace it with. Thank you for the review.

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  113. Great review...I just had a friend ask me what type of machine she should get for her daughter to start sewing with...this looks like a good choice.
    Thank you for the chance to win it!

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  114. This would be wonderful to replace my little brother, and nice to take with me while traveling. Thank you for the opportunity.

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  115. Thanks for the review....and chance to win!!

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  116. I'm interested to know if this machine has a long serpentine stitch? My friend's new Janome does not, and I like that stitch for machine quilting.

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  117. My sister-in-law would like to get into sewing--I'd love to share a nice, solid machine with her!

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  118. Wow, that is a great review! I've never been to your blog before, but I may just have to add you to my reader! I enjoyed the information on the machine and personally, I would love to win that baby! Thanks for the giveaway opportunity:)

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  119. I would love a Janome! Ever since I've shown an interest in sewing everyone has recommended one!

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  120. A Janome was my first machine, my 21st birthday present and I loved that thing! I had to upgrade because I really wanted a machine whose feed dogs lowered (does this model?). I got talked in to putting my Janome as a trade towards my new (hated) baby lock. I've regretted it ever since. I wish I had it as a back up at least. Eventually I found a 25 year old Bernina I love, but I would still like a basic machine like this!! And a Juki someday :)

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  121. thanks for the great review. :) this would make a great second machine, esp when i have young visitors over who are interested in sewing...thanks for the chance to win!

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  122. Awesome. Thanks for the review and chance to win :) I'm still sewing on a brother I got for Christmas more than a decade ago >.<

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  123. Janome's are my favorite machines! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  124. I'd love to win this for my long time best friend who is in Mass. She has 4 kids to sew for and is in need of a new machine! Thank you for such a helpful review

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  125. Thanks for the thorough review, and for the glimmer of hope, the possibility of a lucky new year :)

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  126. This looks like a very functional machine. What fun! Thanks for the opporunity to win it:)

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  127. Sounds like a good starter machine. Thanks for the chance!

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  128. I'd already planned on a Janome for my next machine, so I'd love to win. Great giveaway and review!

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  129. This sounds almost exactly like my older New Home/Janome MX3123 (except mine has speed control). I don't use it anymore, but it was a GREAT machine to start out on. It is very heavy duty and I could often sew things on this that I couldn't sew on a computerized "upgrade" Janome that sold for much more. I will never again sew on a machine without a needle-down function (I hope, anyway), but I think that's probably the only drawback to this machine for basic sewing. It is a good one and someone will be very lucky to get it!!

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  130. My niece is just learning to sew. This would be great for her to practice on.

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  131. I have an old White which has given me fits, and then a vintage necchi that I love but needs the power cord rewired. This would save the day!

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  132. What a great looking machine! And I agree 100% regarding computerized machines, I stay away from 'em

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  133. Great review and what a generous give away! Thanks for the chance.

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  134. Yes, my machine is a wreck, so I would love a reliable one. I really like how everything is contained within the machine on this one!

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  135. I'd love to win - not sure how long my basic Brother machine will handle what I throw at it :) Thanks so much for the chance to win. Have a happy New Year!

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  136. I have been thinking of upgrading from my singer to a janome! This would be perfect!!

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  137. my singer has been broken for a few months and ive gotta get me a new one! happy new year!!!

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  138. Thank you for the giveaway. Our almost 13-year old would love a machine to sew on. She is getting quite crafty, and interested in fabrics. She mostly hand sews at this point.

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  139. We need to a newer machine to teach my daughter on. This would be wonderful!

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  140. Oh, how nice. I also believe that simple is better. I have a Janome Jem that is fabulous for piecing and easily portable for taking to classes. Unfortunately it's a little too lightweight for quilting anything larger than a baby quilt and doesn't offer as much variability in stitch length as I'd like. Other than that, I love it. I don't think you can go wrong with a good, basic Janome.

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  141. Looks like a great machine! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  142. I could use a new sewing machine. fmoore11589@comcast.net

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  143. Seems like a great machine for s beginner.

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  144. What a great year-end giveaway. This looks like a great basic machine and
    I could certainly use it. It seems to have all of the necessary features for good sewing and quilting. I have a U.S. address.

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  145. I'm looking for a new machine! Great review.

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  146. I love the way Janome sewing machines work. Thanks for the chance to win one. :)

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  147. Wow! What an awesome giveaway! Sounds like a wonderful machine, just what I am needing. Thanks for the chance to win! kogrady@cableone.net

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  148. Enjoyed your review and appreciate your honesty. It really does boil down to what you'll be using the machine for and if the machine has the features to do the job. If so, there really is no need buy something expensive when you don't intend to use all of it. I have never sewn a zipper in my life - hear they are easy but I fear them - so do I really need that zipper foot? Well, if the machine comes with it standard ok but... hmmm, maybe one day? Maybe 2014 should be the year to conquer that zipper fear! Thanks!

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  149. This sounds like a nice machine-sturdy and straightforward. Thanks for the helpful review!

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  150. Awesome giveaway...and solid review! Thanks for the info.

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  151. Thanks for the info - I really hope I win, this is so awesome!

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  152. Beautiful Machine. I'm putting my name in for my mother. She taught me to sew when I was young, but hasn't had a decent machine in years. Would love to bless her with a good one. Thanks for the opportunity!

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  153. Oh my goodness! what a giveaway! My machine is old and on its last leg, a new machine is on my list for 2014... you would make my year if i won!!

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  154. This is an awesome giveaway! Thank you! I sew on my grandma's old singer that she gave to me years ago. This machine sounds perfect.

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  156. Lovely review, and I'd love to give this machine a new home. I'm with you on mechanical vs computerized machines. Would be a great start to the new year to be able to sew side by side with my teenage daughter. Happy New a Year wishes to you!

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  157. WOW, what a nice giveaway. I would love to teach my 6 year old grand
    daughter how to sew on her very own machine. I got a older one for her and
    she asked if it was new, I said no, old but better than some of the new ones.
    Thanks!

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  158. Very nice! I'd love to win this for my friend that I'm teaching to quilt!

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  159. Great review! I am going to be teaching my nine year old daughter how to sew, this would be an excellent machine for her!

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  160. Wow! What a great way to kick off the new year for some lucky reader! I'd love to win, but in any case, really appreciate the informative review. It helps to know which functions are essential vs. nice, but not absolutely needed. :)

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  161. Ohhh this would be wonderful! I'm getting married in June, and would LOVE to have a more solid machine!

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  162. thanks for the chance and the review!

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  163. I am teaching a group of teens to sew and this machine would be a great addition to my sewing space for them to use! I love Janome

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  164. What a great review and to top it off a chance to win a sewing machine? Yep. I'm in.
    Thanks for the opportunity!

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  165. I asked Santa for a new machine, but didn't get one. This would be a great belated Christmas surprise.

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  166. It's reassuring to get a thorough review from a trusted sewer. This would be a great starter machine for a young sewing friend.

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  167. Looks like a terrific machine for all my quilting and sewing projects!

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  168. I have been contemplating which type of machine I should purchase, thank you for the review. I too am unsure if I " need" all the extras and the Janome sounds like a great place to start

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  169. What an amazing giveaway! Love this machine too. Thanks for the chance!

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  170. Great review, Rachel, and it's so good to learn of a non-computerized machine. The 2 downsides to this one aren't too bad and the upsides seem great! Thanks for the chance to win.

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  171. You gave a nice review of this sewing machine. I like that it has just a few stitches and is not computerized. Thanks for having such a terrific giveaway! yoyopattycakes@hotmail.com

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  172. I would give up my computerized machine tomorrow, but right now it is all I have. The review for the Janome has piqued my interest. Thanks. :^)

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  173. Thanks for the chance at the give away...........sounds like a machine I could use....

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  174. What a great giveaway! Thank you for the chance to win.

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  175. Glad you do machine reviews. This looks like a great machine.

    Take care and thanks for all you do.

    Debbie

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  176. What a great opportunity to have a machine where I could sew with my granddaughter or neighbor together without 'waiting a turn'.

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  177. Looks like a wonderful machine!

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  178. Thanks so much for the review! I only started learning to sew and quilting last March. Would LOVE to have this machine!

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  179. Could definitely use this machine. Something reliable and with a warranty.

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  180. Thank you for reviewing this machine. I enjoy sewing and this one looks really nice for the price.

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  181. Great review of the machine. Thank you. I've often wondered if I should get a machine which isn't computerized because I feel like I'm forgetting the basics of how to set my own tensions, stitch lengths etc. since the computerized machine does it all for me. Plus getting mine serviced means I'm without the machine for over a month which I do not like at all when it's going in for a simple cleaning. I'd love to win this machine. Thank you for the chance.

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  182. This is very generous of both you and Sew and Vac!!! Your review is very helpful, thank you!

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  183. This is very generous of both you and Sew and Vac!!! Your review is very helpful, thank you!

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  184. I'm scared about my computerized machine now! This sewing machine looks amazing. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  185. I would love to win this for my daughter. She lost her machine in a move and hasn't been able to replace it. This would be a wonderful surprise for her! Thank you for offering such a generous giveaway.

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  186. Thanks for the review and giveaway!

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  187. Nice, thorough review. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  188. I have looked at Janome machines on many occasions, but always talk myself out of spending the money on a new machine. I have used an old Singer machine that is very "vintage" for some time. There is quite a bit of frustration when quilting on this machine. I would love to have a Janome machine!! I admire all of your work and hope someday my quilting will be good enough to give away. Thank you.

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