Sewing Machine

The first best thing I decided to do in 2015, was to purchase a new sewing machine. After almost three years of wanting to quilt more seriously, I came to the realization that I really needed a new sewing machine along with the decision to temporarily set up a sewing room in the living room.  I had two folding tables, which would work and had put all my quilting supplies in small clear plastic bins. I was organized to the point, I could stow everything away at short notice to regain the space to turn it back to a living room!

Almost three weeks of research narrowed my search down to a few brands, Janome, Babylock and Juki.  Through my research, I discovered that Janome made Kenmore machines and my second-hand 30+ year old, 20-stitch Kenmore had never caused me a single problem.  I went on a forum and asked quilters what they felt they would never do without on their machine. I also asked them what they would add to a machine, if they could.  Of all the suggestions I received, there were only two that I never considered, which I felt would be an improvement over my old machine: 1. Auto threader and 2. Auto needle down.  My own requirements included the desire to have some decorative stitches, computerized machine, FMQ foot, an extension table and a throat that was more square than curved and to have more than 6.5″ of throat space that my machine offered. I soon discovered that I could easily get most on my list, except an increase in throat size within my budget.  The larger throat space required a larger built machine outside the standard. The only way I could get a larger throat size on a traditional and affordable machine was to find one designed with less plastic. I soon came to the realization that in order to get at least 9 ” I would have to go far beyond my budget. It was then that I started looking for a machine with less plastic. It was my only practical option.  I determined that a throat size of 7″ x 6″ would give me more space than my current machine offered, so it became my minimal acceptable standard.

A visit to one dealer who had many new and second hand machines was very educational. He told me he moved from carrying Babylock to Janome because he had trouble with warranty support from Babylock.  I crossed Babylock off my list. After trying out a few machines, I was leaning towards the Janome brand. It handled like my old Kenmore. It shouldn’t  have been a surprise, since Janome makes Kenmore sewing machines.  I was just used to the touch. I crossed Juke off my list.

Once I settled on a Janome machine, I then selected three within my price range, the M1230Q, M1250Q and the 2030QDC.  The Q stands for quilting. The first two machines were only available online from Janome Shop at Home under the Juno model. The third I could get from a dealer. I then put together a spreadsheet. It listed all the features I could find online.  Online manuals were readily available fro the 1230 and 1250, but not for the 2030. I was able to test drive the 2030 at the dealer.  I loved how it handled and hoped the online versions were similar. The Dealer explained the Janome Shop at Home online machines and said that he handles the warranty of the machines and to date, he has not had one come back. He said he had a 1250 in stock, but they come in a brown cardboard box. Without a picture on the outside of the box, I was unable to do a site comparison. Understandably, he would not open the box. He gave me a flyer showing the 2030 so I could take it home and continue my research. I put together the product comparison below and although I would be missing the button on/off, and the extension table, the 1250 had all the features I wanted, as well as additional stitches to play with. The table is show at the bottom of the page. I highlighted in red which features on the 1250 that were unique of the three or were what I considered must haves for a new machine.

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It became apparent that I narrowed my choice down to Janome but struggled over if I should buy a machine from the dealer, with 30 stitches, less features and an extension table vs. buying one from Janome Canada with 50 stitches, more features but without an extension table. The major draw to purchasing from the Dealer, is that he would take the machine back for full price within a year as a trade in for another model. He said that many people find they can afford more the second year.  I do get attached to machines and still have my old Kenmore set up in a different room and to this day miss my old Singer machine so thought I probably would never trade it in.

One morning I woke up and felt the strong urge to immediately make a choice. My decision to remove the extension table off the list in favour of additional stitches and features. I was also very anxious to start quilting and I excitingly ordered online a Janome Juno M1250Q. The plus was the Dealer already told me he had one in stock, so the very next day I visited him to pick up my new machine!

If I had been a bit more patient, I later discovered that the Shopping Channel offered the Janome 100-stitch S-100QDC for $499. But I don’t watch that channel and up until recently, didn’t even think I subscribed to it!  I would never have caught that sale price and didn’t include it in my comparison of machines. But on a quick look, it comes with less feet and not sure why as it comes with everything else I wanted, including the on/off button and extension table with 50 more stitches than the 1250! On a side note. I am very happy with my purchase and it certainly helped me to be able to gain some sort of comfort in free motion quilting. I eagerly show off both my machine and finished products to anyone and everyone! I am certainly thrilled with my purchase!

 

 M1230Q # M1250Q # 2030QDC #
 $                           399.00  $                         499.00  $                          599.00
Computerized sewing machine Computerized sewing machine Computerized sewing machine
Accessory compartment insert Accessory compartment drop front hinge Accessory compartment drop front hinge
Retractable carry handle Retractable carry handle Flip up carry handle
Horizontal thread delivery Horizontal thread delivery
(additional Vertical spool pin) (additional Vertical spool pin) (additional Vertical spool pin)
Horizontal full rotary hook Horizontal full rotary hook
Semi-automatic bobbin winder Semi-automatic bobbin winder Semi-automatic bobbin winder
Adjustable thread tension control Adjustable thread tension control Adjustable thread tension control
Horizontal spool pin Horizontal spool pin Horizontal spool pin
Mode key: to switch between pattern #, Mode key: to switch between pattern #,
stitch width & stitch length stitch width & stitch length stitch width & stitch length
‘-‘ And ‘+’  (minus & plus) adjusting buttons for: ‘-‘ And ‘+’  (down & up) adjusting buttons for:
Pattern selection Pattern selection Pattern selection
Stitch width & length adjustment Stitch width & length adjustment Stitch width & length adjustment
Snap-on presser feet Snap-on presser feet Snap-on presser feet
Easy reverse button Easy reverse button Easy reverse button
Locking stitch button Locking stitch button Locking stitch button
Start/stop button no Start/stop button
Needle up/down set button Needle up/down set button Needle up/down set button
Side mounted thread cutter Side mounted thread cutter Side mounted thread cutter
Built-in needle threader Built-in needle threader Built-in needle threader
Slit thread take-up lever Slit thread take-up lever Slit thread take-up lever
Marked thread path Marked thread path Marked thread path
Drop feed dog system (slider) Drop feed dog system (slider) Drop feed dog system (slider)
Feed dog system: 7 piece Feed dog system: 7 piece
Maximum stitch width: 7mm Maximum stitch width: 7mm
Maximum stitch length: 5mm Maximum stitch length: 5mm
0- 2.5 mm Stitch Length For Reverse Stitch 0- 2.5 mm Stitch Length For Reverse Stitch
Failsafe device: electronic beep Failsafe device: electronic beep
Feed balance dial (behind accessory box) Feed balance dial (behind accessory box)
Maximum speed: 820 SPM Maximum speed: 820 SPM
Krypton Lamp Krypton Lamp
Machine weight: 16.95 pounds Machine weight: 16.95 pounds
Machine size: 16”w x 7” D x 11.75”H Machine size: 16”w x 7.25” D x 12”H
Includes: Includes:
Bobbins, extra needles Bobbins, extra needles Bobbins, extra needles
Seam Ripper, screwdriver key Seam Ripper, screwdriver key
Small & large spool caps; spool stand Small & large spool caps; spool stand Small & large spool caps; spool stand
Vertical spool pin Vertical spool pin Vertical spool pin
Hard cover Hard cover
Power supply cord Power supply cord Power supply cord
Foot control Foot control Foot control
Instruction Manual Instruction Manual
extension table
lint brush lint brush lint brush
seam ripper seam ripper seam ripper
satin foot F satin foot F satin foot F
Zipper foot E Zipper foot E Zipper foot E
automatic buttonhold foot R automatic buttonhold foot R automatic buttonhold foot R
Overedge C Overedge C
Blind hem G Blind hem G Overedge foot G
1/4″ seam O 1/4″ seam O
Even Walking Foot & quilting bar Even Walking Foot & quilting bar
Basting/Darning/Quilting Foot Basting/Darning/Quilting Foot
Open toe satin stitch F-2
zigzag foot A zigzag foot A
Cloth guide with screw Cloth guide with screw
straight or zipper 00
straight, zipper 01 straight, zipper, patchwork piecing, in ditch, quilt, fmq 01 straight 01
lockamatic 02 zigzag, pin tucking 02 lockamatic 02
locking 03 lockamatic 03 locking 03
triple stitch 04 locking 04 triple stretch 04
stretch 05 stretch 05 stretch 05
stretch 06 square buttonhole 06 stretch 06
zigzag 07 round end buttonhold 07 zig zag or button 07
zigzag, buttonhole, overcasting 08 keyhold buttonhole 08 multiple zig zag 08
multiple zigzag tricot 09 darning 09 over edge 09
overcasting 10 basic zigzag or button 10 blind hem 10
11 multiple zigzag tricot 11 shelltuck 11
12 overedge 12 12
13 knit 13 applique 13
blind hem 14 serging 14 14
shell tucking 15 blind hem 15 satin 15
square buttonhole 16 blind hem 16 decorative 16
round end buttonhold 17 Shell tucking 17 decorative 17
keyhold buttonhole 18 straight stretch 18 patchwork piecing 18
sculpture 19 sculpture 19 sculpture stitch 19
20 stretch 20 20
21 saddle 21 patchwork piecing 21
darning 22 decorative satin 22 fagoting 22
23 decorative satin 23 23
decorative 24 decorative satin 24 square buttonhole 24
decorative 25 decorative satin 25 round end buttonhole 25
decorative 26 decorative satin 26 keyhole buttonhole 26
decorative 27 decorative satin 27 darning 27
applique 28 applique 28 tacking 28
patchwork 29 applique 29 eyelet 29
30 applique 30 30
applique 31
32
scallop 33
patchwork 34
35
smocking 36
37
patchwork 38
39
40
fagoting 41
fagoting 42
smocking 43
smocking 44
smocking 45
46
decorative 47
48
cross 49
50

 

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