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Going to buy myself a new sewing machine - what has changed over the last 30 years?

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#1 piggyinthemiddle

Posted 29 May 2017 - 02:26 PM

Hi everyone
I'm going to have a splurge on myself and update my 30+ years old Janome.

What are the new features I should look for? Those I know about so far are:
automatic buttonholing
automatic needle threading.

Am I missing any other major changes - that is apart from all the fancy stitches available now which I don't think I need.


#2 foom

Posted 29 May 2017 - 03:00 PM

Start/Stop buttons - so that you can sew without the pressor foot.
Needle up / needle down.
Knee lifts (so you can raise the presser foot with your knee.
Stitch length regulation for free motion quilting.
Speed control.
Lots more variety in replaceable plates / feet eg. special single hole plates for straight stitching.

I'd do the list of uses that you want first - lots of machines are packaged with a specific purpose in mind. So you get the right combination of feet / plates for your use.
* A lightweight machine that is good to take to workshops / retreats.
* Quilting a lot? Perhaps a larger space under the head.
* Want one that doubles as an embroidery machine (probably not if you don't want fancy stitches).
* Free arm vs a heavy base that is good for curtains, etc (can go flat out with no machine wobble).

And don't forget a good surge protector board to do with the new machine.

#3 piggyinthemiddle

Posted 29 May 2017 - 03:03 PM

Thanks so much there is plenty of food for thought there.

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