You may remember that a few months ago I had a (significant) birthday. What I didn’t tell you was that Hugo, my lovely partner, decided to give me a new sewing machine! I spent a lot of time trying to decide which one to go for and eventually settled on this – a Janome DC3050 from John Lewis.
I chose it because I’d used the same one on a course I did several years ago, at the time I loved the fact that it was easy to control, didn’t run away with me and just did everything I asked of it. Since then I have found I love several more things about this machine:
- It makes the most fabulous buttonholes. Buttonholes on domestic machines are often a bit of a disappointment in my experience. I’ve read that the industry uses commercial buttonhole making machines and this probably explains why the buttonholes I’ve made in the past just don’t look as good. This machine has three types of buttonhole and all come out looking wonderful; well defined lines of stitching and fully even on both sides. The buttonhole foot has a place for you to put your button so you can be sure you are making the hole the right length (probably common on modern machines but my other electric machines date from the 1980s so don’t have this)
- Automatic threading - yes, for those of us with poor eyesight this really is a godsend. There is a little bar that you pull down next to the needle, you pass your thread over the bar and the machine sends a tiny little hook through the needle’s eye which threads it automatically. So clever, I think the machine is worth it for this alone!
- Auto thread tension – I didn’t really pay much attention to this when I decided to buy the machine, but it is a godsend! What auto thread tension means is that it handles any fabric without you having to fiddle around with the tension – perfect stitching every time.
I have had a couple of problems. Firstly, I tried using top stitching thread and found it didn’t really like it. I put the top stitching thread in the needle but used ordinary thread in the bobbin. It did manage to get some pretty good stitching but a couple of times it pulled the bobbin up out of the case, which can’t be good. Secondly I wanted to try using a twin needle, it’s advertised as being suitable for a twin needle but the instruction manual doesn’t tell you how, the big problem is that I can’t see where you put your second reel of thread. I’m planning to ask John Lewis to advise me on this one.
Anyway I couldn’t ask for a better present and if anyone is thinking of buying a new machine I can definitely recommend this one.