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

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piggyinthemiddle

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.

 

TIA

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foom

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.

 

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piggyinthemiddle

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

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