This Blog post is in response to Sew Mama Sew’s call for sewing machine reviews. I want to start by saying that I love my machine. Thank you.
What brand and model do you have? I have a Janome Magnolia 7330. It is a computerized machine with 30 stitches.
How long have you had it? Just over a year.
How much does that machine cost (approximately)? It’s list price is $600, but it seems to be on a permanent overstock sale. I paid $400 for mine a local dealer. It is also available on Amazon.
What types of things do you sew (i.e. quilting, clothing, handbags, home dec projects, etc.)? Clothing, Handbags, Quilting, from most sewn projects to least.
How much do you sew? How much wear and tear does the machine get? I am pretty brutal to my machines. I need a workhorse, not a delicate flower and this machine fits the bill. I sew as often as I can, at least a couple times a week.
Do you like/love/hate your machine? Are you ambivalent? Passionate? Does she have a name? I love my machine. She is soooooooooo much better than my starter machine (Brother CS 6000i, ban of my existence/I think I got a dud). She sews through multiple layers, has great tension, and a straight stitch. She doesn’t have a name, yet, but apparently she does have a gender. I love my machine so much I convinced a friend to buy the same model. Now we are twinsies!
What features does your machine have that work well for you? It sews anything I want, thick or thin. I love the speed control (although it seems most machines have that now). I like how she is simple and strong. I don’t need a million decorative stitches, I just want the few functional stitches that I use to work well.
Is there anything that drives you nuts about your machine? The light could be brighter and the sewing space on the machine bed could be wider, but other than that I am very happy with my machine.
Would you recommend the machine to others? Why? Yes, I already have, in fact. It is a good machine for those who are starting out, but want their machine to grow with them. It is a solid machine that is easy to thread and has a thorough manual for when you get stuck.
What factors do you think are important to consider when looking for a new machine? It’s motor strength and stitch speeds. Does it shake when you sew? I highly recommend buying a machine from somewhere that you can test it and where they repair machines. I also look for automatic buttonholers.
Do you have a dream machine? I do dream of upgrading someday, but am very happy for now. What I really want is a coverstitch machine.