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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.