Thursday, January 20, 2011

Introducing the Janome 1600p QC

** Quilt Auction and Patterns for Flood Appeal HERE**

After all the research and debating about which sewing machine to get (you can find that post here) I finally decided on the Janome 1600P QC. I picked it up after Christmas and I'm absolutely thrilled with it!

I decided long ago that when I bought my very first sewing machine it wouldn't have a whole lot of electronic bells and whistles on. It would just sew a good stitch, sew it very well, and last for a long time. I think I've achieved that in this machine. It sews beautifully and is very simple to use... a real dream machine... and look at all that space for quilting bigger quilts!

It comes with some handy extras - a fantastically big extension table, a knee lift, a very accurate seam guide and a darning foot (you have to screw on the darning plate instead of dropping the feed dogs which takes a little extra effort). Threading the machine is a little more involved than my other machine, but after a couple of times, it became really easy. I love love love the thread cutter! It really does make things faster.

It even comes with a rolled hem foot. I've never used one before, so I tried it out on this super soft double gauze fabric to create a baby wrap, and it was really very easy and fast. I might make a couple more of these for bubs.

The one thing it didn't come with was an even feed quilting foot. I was told that it wasn't a necessary attachment and you could quilt without it. The regular foot seemed to do a good job at first, but then I noticed it pulling and puckering (the stitches on the left), so I went and bought a quilting foot, and it quilted beautifully without pulling (as you can see on the right). I played around with the tension and pressure, but found that the best settings were the ones it came with (around 3 for both tension and pressure).

It also came with a bonus little sewing machine and scissors! The sewing machine has batteries, so I've joked that I can sew in bed... Todd's not laughing!

These softies were my first little projects on my new machine (I squeezed them in while unpacking and they took no time at all).

My kids love snuggling into them at bed time (softies panel available here).

By the way, there's a great giveaway for some adorable Sherbet Pips fabric running here.


  1. Congrats on your sewing machine purchase. I know it is a stressful decision. Glad you are enjoying the new machine and it is performing to your expectations!

  2. I'm loving my machine too! I also love the big extension table,the knee lift, the thread cutter and the fact that I finally can sew an accurate scant 1/4 inch seam. It makes everything easier, quicker and more fun.
    The softies are very cute!! Thanks for put the link to my giveaway too.
    XO Amelia

  3. I just bought a new Janome yesterday. It's the Memory Craft 6500P and I am also loving the thread cutter:) I also love the decorative stitches on mine and the 1/4" foot,walking foot everything;) Just need to get an extension table made by the hubs! The rolled hem foot I have too and that blanket you did just opened a door in my brain!

  4. Congrats on your new machine! It looks like a beauty. But that little one is just too cute!

  5. YAY!!!Congrats on the new baby :-)

    I am dying laughing at the sewing in bed comment and the fact that your machine came with that small bonus machine. You can now tell everyone that Janome was offering Buyone,getone. Hilarious.

    I, too, got a new machine this week. My main machine is a Viking Sapphire 870 (LOVE) but I got a great Craigslist deal on a Singer Futura which does embroidery. Isn't it exciting to play with a new machine?

    Have fun with it!

  6. new sewing machines are so fun! I have a Janome and just love it! it hums along and gives me so much pleasure!

  7. Congratulations, it's always nice when after much consideration it all comes together. I love the extension table. Next time you guys are free I'ld love to skype. xo

  8. Your new machine looks wonderful! I'm very happy with my new Juki, and I know what you mean about the thread cutter - I think it's my favorite part, too!

  9. Ahhh Kate it looks Great!!! xx Your sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo funny!! Todd will just have to get over it!! Haha.. tell him i said.. toughen up!! haha xx Your softies look adorable. Saffron sent me some too.. ill have to get them out!! and your machine looks great Kate! I bet your loving that MASSIVE throat space!! What a dream! xx Love you!!

  10. A new machine would be Fab, very jealous! I had put the idea of a new machine behind me but currently doing a queen size zig zag quilt and then saw your machine...... Now I think its on top of my list again!

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  12. Ack Kate, I'm so jealous! You're new machine looks just beautiful - I seriously need a new machine but unfortunately the funds just aren't there right now!

    Your softies are absolutely adorable!

  13. Congratulations on your beautiful new sewing machine... the baby sewing machine is precious!

  14. How are you liking the new machine? I am searching... I thought that I wanted a Juki but there are no local dealers in my area and although many people love them, I have read about those that had issues and am sure that would me me :) Tested a Mega Quilter today and want to run back to get it but trying to do some research first.... would like to hear your thoughts after a moth of use on your new baby.

  15. Hi, Kate. Now that you've had this machine for awhile, do you still love it. I'm thinking of getting this one within the next few weeks. Thanks,

  16. I have a Janome 1600, a waling foot and seam guide that fit...can I use both together?

  17. I just bought the same machine and after using it for two days I just love it. The only problem I'm having is thread breakage while free motion quilting. The only thread I can find locally is Coats and Clark machine quilting thread but it breaks. What thread do you use and recommend for this high speed beauty?


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